Bariatric surgery is a type of procedure performed to induce massive weight loss. It usually involves removing or obstructing a large part of the stomach to force the patient to eat smaller portions. Bariatric surgery is effective; the patient can lose up to 80 percent of their excess weight. The bad news is that their skin often does not shrink along with their body, so they are left with a lot of sagging excess skin.
What is Post-Bariatric Surgery?
Post-bariatric surgery, which is better known as body contouring, is a group of procedures in which the surgeon removes the excess skin along with any remaining fat deposits. Patients who have had bariatric surgery tend to have sagging skin all over the place, so their body contouring may have to be done in a series of steps.
During a post-bariatric surgery, the surgeon may remove the excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The surgeon may also work on the patient’s breasts, arms and/or thighs. The buttocks, hips and back can also be address. Basically, almost any part of the body can be addressed in post-bariatric surgery.
What is the Recovery Like?
Body contouring involves surgery, which means there will be some type of recovery. The extent of the recovery will depend on the work that was done during the procedure. Some patients may have to take some time off from work or their other daily activities. Our surgeon will provide you with a list of detailed instructions regarding post-surgical care.
Who is a Good Candidate for Post-Bariatric Surgery?
Weight stability is the main criterion. To be considered for body contouring, the patient should have maintained a stable weight for at least 12 months. Weight fluctuations will undo the effects of the surgery, so the patient must be able to maintain a healthy weight.
Bariatric surgeries can cause the patient to develop certain nutritional deficiencies, and these can cause complications during the healing process. Bariatric patients, therefore, should have their nutrition assessed before undergoing surgery and correct any deficiencies. The patient needs to be in good overall health.
Learn More During a Consultation
During a consultation at the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, MD in Baton Rouge, you can learn more about your candidacy for post-bariatric surgery. If you qualify for this surgery, our team of professionals can help you determine which specific procedures will help you achieve your goal. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.