What is Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery?
Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery is Plastic Surgery performed after Bariatric Surgery, to reduce the amount of redundant skin left behind after the fat is burned off. To truly understand Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery, it is important to understand Bariatric Surgery.
What is Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric Surgery is surgery designed to cause weight loss in individuals who are morbidly obese. It is not Liposuction. Bariatric Surgery does not remove fat, it causes weight loss by restricting the intake of calories.
How does Bariatric Surgery work?
Bariatric Surgery works through plication, bypass or a combination of the two. Plication reduces the size of the stomach, causing early satiety so less food is eaten. Bypass bypasses a segment of the small intestine causing fewer calories to be absorbed from what is eaten. Since either technique can be “eaten through” without proper dicipline, a combination of the two tends to yield the largest weight loss.
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
Bariatric Surgery is more complex than piercing ones ears, and even piercings carry risk. There needs to be a benefit to the surgery that outweighs the risks. This is why Bariatric Surgery is performed only for people who are significantly overweight.
The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
There are benefits to Bariatric Surgery besides weight loss. Cleveland Clinic researchers recently published the largest review of weight loss surgery to date. They reviewed 73 bariatric surgery and cardiovascular risk factor studies involving nearly 20,000 thousands patients who had weight loss surgery. For the Post Bariatric Surgery Patients, 63% saw their hypertension improve, 73% saw improvement in their diabetes, and 65% had their cholesterol levels fall. The average follow-up was almost five years. The findings were published in the journal Heart.
What happens after Bariatric Plastic Surgery?
The goal of Bariatric Surgery is to cause massive weight loss. It takes about a year for the body to adjust to its new physiology, and for a pateint’s weight and nutrition to stabilize. During this time, adipose tissue is consumed, and the health benefits are produced. Unfortunately, the skin is frequently left deflated and saggy.
That’s where Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery comes in
Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery is designed to remove the excess skin from the body and extremities, and reduce the skin laxity, revealing the new, slimmer body contours and improving the way one looks and feels. Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures include:
- Tummy Tuck(Abdominoplasty)
- Breast Lift with or without Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)
- Body Lift
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
- Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)
- Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
- Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)
There’s a Society for that
Dr. Mele is an Active Member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgery, a group of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons dedicated to reshaping bodies after massive weight loss. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, or have completed Bariatric Surgery, and are looking to remove loose skin, give my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office in Walnut Creek, California, a call at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a personal consultation appointment.