Post bariatric surgery body contouring is an important step in the bariatric surgery process. If you have undergone bariatric surgery and your new weight has stabilized, it may be time to look into this procedure.
Otherwise known as weight-loss surgery, bariatric surgery is necessary when an exercise regimen coupled with a nutritious diet is still not enough to take that extra weight off. If you’re experiencing health issues as a result of the excess weight, it becomes even more necessary to remove that fat.
But when someone loses a large amount of weight, their skin typically will not shrink down to fit the new contours of their body. It’s unable to, because it’s lacking in elasticity. Instead, it becomes excess loose skin. This extra skin droops from various areas of the body and, like the previously mentioned excess weight, cannot be exercised away. The only effective solution for it is surgical removal through post bariatric surgery body contouring.
Lifting procedures like breast lifts, thigh lifts, and tummy tucks are all examples of post bariatric surgery body contouring. Because post bariatric surgery body contouring can consist of one or more of these lift procedures, the total length of time it takes to have recontouring done will be determined by the amount of tissue to be removed, along with the number and size of areas to be recontoured.
How does post bariatric surgery body contouring typically work? After anesthesia is administered, one or more strategic incisions will be created. The skin in the target area will then be lifted. This gives the plastic surgeon a pathway to the underlying muscular and fatty tissues.
Along with extra skin, fatty deposits may also have been left over after your bariatric surgery. These can be removed during post bariatric surgery body contouring using a process called liposuction. This is executed through the use of medical suction and a cannula, a sharp-ended tube used to break up and remove fat deposits.
To further sculpt the areas and make them even more toned and smooth, the tissues beneath the skin are often surgically tightened with internal medical stitches.
Once the fat removal and tissue tightening are complete, the excess skin is trimmed away. The remaining skin is redraped over the area, making it tighter and smoother. The surgeon then sews the incision(s) closed using medical stitches. The area is typically bandaged or covered with a surgical dressing.
Surgical support garments may be recommended for you to wear on recontoured areas during the healing process. These garments aid in maintaining the new shape of the tissues as they heal. They also keep down any swelling that results from the procedures.
Another way to make the recovery period as comfortable as you can is by staying away from difficult, physically taxing tasks and activities. As tempting as it may be to resume your normal daily life, resting will make recovery easier. Make sure to follow Dr. Berhane’s post-operative care instructions.
How long will recovery take? This will all depend on the extent of your post bariatric surgery body contouring. The more tissue removed and the more areas targeted, the longer the body will need to heal.
Though recovery can take time, the results will be worth it. You’ll be able to look in the mirror and enjoy your new body – sculpted, toned, and fit. Contact us today for a consultation.