Post-Weight Loss Surgery with Dr. Venkata Erella | Aspira Plastic Surgery
Losing a significant amount of weight is an impressive accomplishment that significantly reduces your risk of disease as well as a host of other illnesses. Strict dieting and exercise, post-bariatric surgery, or a combination often lead to excess and very lax skin of the abdomen, buttocks, hips, flanks, upper back, arms, thighs and sagging breasts.
Dropping many pounds is one of the best things you can do for yourself, but this can also lead to excess and loose skin. However, many patients find that body contouring after weight loss can boost confidence, quality of life, and provide a healthier, more youthful appearance.
Dr. Venkata Erella is specially trained and has more than a decade of experience in offering a range of procedures designed to tighten and reshape patient’s bodies after they have lost a significant amount of weight. These advanced procedures are entirely customizable to your specific post-weight loss achievements and goals and offer you a significantly renewed appearance and more self-confidence.
Post-Weight Loss Surgery at a Glance: What You Need To Know!
- Post-weight loss surgery, or post bariatric body contouring, aims to remove and tighten loose skin and tissues to provide shape.
- There is not one standard post weight loss surgery. Rather, there are many different options that Dr. Erella can use to find the perfect solution for you.
- Erella is double board-certified, highly qualified, and has performed many successful post-weight loss surgeries over the years.
- Erella’s post-weight loss methods are safe, cost-effective and produce high patient satisfaction. His loyal patients love their results!
- Post-weight loss surgery with Dr. Erella boasts a reduced recovery by combining and staging different procedures at the same time but giving the highest priority to safety and restoring the patients’ peace of mind.
- Post weight loss surgery aims to resolve physical and mental issues caused by loose or excess skin after significant weight loss or bariatric surgery.
Who Would Benefit From Post-Weight Loss Surgery?
- Adults with excess, loose skin, whose weight loss has stabilized after bariatric surgery
- Healthy individuals with excess inelastic skin after diet and exercise
- Individuals with realistic goals, a positive outlook, and balanced expectations of the outcome
- Individuals committed to following a healthy lifestyle which includes proper nutrition and sensible exercise
Personalized Care. Honest Approach.
Dr. Venkata Erella is double board-certified, highly respected, and takes a patient-centered approach to care that has made him a valued member of the Austin, TX community for many years. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Erella can help you reach your ideal look!
Procedures to Help With Your Post-Weight Loss
Surgical body contouring, sometimes known as post-bariatric plastic surgery, can be scheduled following significant weight loss after bariatric surgery or stringent dieting and exercise. The goal of these procedures is to remove excess sagging skin and fat while improving the contour of the patient’s body.
The outcome is an overall balanced physical appearance, smoother contours, and no more lax skin. Dr. Erella will customize the following body contouring procedures to fit your unique aesthetic goals.
The abdominal area is especially vulnerable to pregnancy, childbirth, significant weight gain or loss, and other stresses that put a lot of strain on the muscles and skin. Dr. Erella offers two forms of abdominoplasty that are all ideal for tightening different parts of the abdominal region:
- Full tummy tuck: Uniquely suited for men and women affected by a stretched and distended abdomen, a full tummy tuck tightens loose abdominal muscles and removes excess skin.
- Extended tummy tuck: As it requires a larger incision than a full tummy tuck, an extended tummy tuck allows Dr. Erella to remove more excess skin and fat than a full.
Learn more about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery by viewing our tummy tuck page.
Two different body lift procedures, the lower body lift and the upper body lift, are often deployed following bariatric surgery or other cases of extreme weight loss where patients are left feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
- Upper body lift: This is designed to smooth and tighten the upper body’s skin and includes areas such as the upper back, arms, and breasts.
- Lower body lift: This procedure is the most common after post bariatric weight loss and is also known as a circumferential tummy tuck or 360 tummy tuck. A lower body lift targets the abdomen, buttocks, hips and outer thighs.
A large Mons area is very common after significant weight loss. Excess tissue on the mons pubis area along with belly bulge can cause hygiene issues, irritation, and an unattractive cosmetic appearance. Mons rejuvenation or reduction removes the excess tissue from the area between the bikini line and genitalia.
The natural process of aging, as well as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, not to mention genetics, can all contribute to a gradual loss of volume in the breasts and significant sagging.
Dr. Erella can significantly reverse sagging with breast lift surgery, which reduces excess skin and tightens the breast tissue. Adding breast volume can be accomplished more commonly with breast implants. The combination of breast lift and implants, lifts the breasts to a more desirable position where they look fuller and more youthful.
Arm and Thigh Lifts
Despite following a vigorous exercise routine, you may have difficulty firming up the skin of your upper arms and thighs due to age, genetics, or excess loose and inelastic skin from significant weight loss.
Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) and thigh lift procedures remove excess loose skin from the upper arms and commonly from inside of the thighs. These operations recontour the appearance of your arms and thighs, which results in a firmer and more contoured look.
Upper Back Lift or Bra line Lift
The upper back, or “bra line,” is another trouble spot that many women deal with after bariatric surgery. This lift specifically targets the back bra rolls and area in between the shoulder blades of the upper back, tightening and removing excess skin to provide more comfort and a more aesthetically pleasing result.
If diet and exercise alone do not allow you to reach your aesthetic goals, liposuction and SmartLipo™ may be solutions to consider. These well-known body procedures can remove unwanted fat deposits and contour the treatment area in a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing manner. The role of liposuction is minimal in these patients, as most of the time these patients require excision of excess loose, inelastic skin.
Patients who follow a healthy lifestyle, have good skin elasticity, and are frustrated by stubborn pockets of fat will benefit the most from liposuction and SmartLipo™.
The surgical procedure to remove the pannus, hanging excess skin and tissue below the belly button is known as a panniculectomy. The procedure results in the skin and tissues being pulled taut, presenting a smoother appearance. Panniculectomy aims to leave the patient free of conditions such as rashes, skin ulcers, back pain, and difficulty walking. Panniculectomy will not address the skin above belly button where as a Tummy tuck will address the excess skin of the lower abdomen, upper abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles.
Your Post-Weight Loss Surgical Journey with Dr. Erella
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of post-weight loss body contouring surgeries, Dr. Venkata Erella, one of the very best plastic surgeons in the Lakeway, Bee cave, and Austin region of Texas, would like to help you. He is an expertly trained, double board-certified plastic surgeon, and adept in post-weight loss body contouring. Dr. Erella strives to provide his patients with unique and personalized procedures that are based on their own realistic and aesthetic goals.
Aside from having expert knowledge in his field of study, Dr. Erella takes a patient-centered approach to ensure that his patients receive the best care possible before, during, and after their post-weight loss body contouring surgery procedures. He also works with the leading bariatric surgeons in the area in order to deliver the most comprehensive care to these patients. As he is the only surgeon at Aspira Plastic Surgery, Dr. Erella will be with you for every step of the journey. To speak with Dr. Erella personally about what he can do for you, call Aspira Plastic Surgery at (512) 730-3885 or schedule a consultation today.
Post Weight Loss Surgery FAQS
What is post bariatric body contouring?
Post bariatric body contouring is an umbrella term for a variety of procedures that a plastic surgeon can perform after a patient undergoes bariatric surgery. These surgeries intend to enhance the tone and shape of one’s body by removing excess skin, fat, and tissues. By shaping the remaining skin to the body’s natural contours, a plastic surgeon can significantly improve the patient’s natural appearance.
When is the best time to undergo body contouring surgery after weight loss?
After bariatric surgery, it’s recommended that patients wait until they achieve their goal weight and have no significant fluctuations in their weight. This will allow you and your plastic surgeon to better plan how he can improve your body contouring to achieve your aesthetic goal. If you are not sure, Dr. Erella can examine you in a consultation anyway.
What if I still plan to lose more weight?
If you are still planning on losing more weight, it is best to wait until your weight loss goal is accomplished. Patients are generally recommended to maintain a consistent weight that does not fluctuate drastically. Dr. Erella will be able to guide you to determine the path that is best for you.
How much will the body contouring surgery cost?
Because every body contouring surgery is unique to your needs, it is impossible to generalize how much your procedure will cost. With that said, Dr. Erella provides the best and most cost-effective procedures in the Austin area and you will be given a quote for your surgery after a complimentary consultation.