Losing weight is a goal for many different people. It helps them to feel confident and live healthier lives. If weight loss is done in a controlled, healthy fashion then it can be beneficial for overall health and lifestyle. Some people lose weight naturally through diet and exercise, while others choose to undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight. Either way, sometimes major weight loss can create new body concerns.

Often people who undergo major weight loss are left with saggy, deflated skin in different body areas. Dr. Erella has been helping people who have undergone major weight loss tighten and reshape their bodies for over a decade. If you are dealing with unsightly concerns from losing weight, contact Dr. Erella at Aspira Plastic Surgery to learn about your options.

What is Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Erella offers post-bariatric plastic surgery for patients in and around Austin, Texas. This surgery entails procedures that help to contour the body for patients dealing with loose, sagging skin after major weight loss. Bariatric surgery helps overweight people to lose weight quickly, which makes it hard for the body to adapt to the new size. Post-bariatric plastic surgery contours the body to create the desired appearance.

Candidates for Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery?

The body adapts to weight in multiple ways. Most notably, when the skin stretches to accommodate weight gain, then loosens when weight is lost. When weight loss is done slowly, over a longer period, the body can adapt. When done quickly, the body does not adapt as well and creates unsightly contours. For patients who have loose, flabby skin after major weight loss, post-bariatric plastic surgery can help. It is important to be healthy and at a stable weight before undergoing these surgeries s that optimal results can be achieved.

What Is Done In Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery?

The different types of procedures that are available for post-bariatric plastic surgery include:

Body Lift

A body lift is a comprehensive procedure that gets rid of excess, loose skin as well as tightens the remaining skin to create a slimmer contour of the trunk. This procedure can be done on the upper part of the body or the lower part of the body to address the major areas. The most common body lift procedure is a circumferential tummy tuck, also called a 360 body lift or a lower body lift.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess loose skin on the abdomen and tightens slack abdominal muscles. The abdominal region is one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone, so this procedure can be a great option for many patients.

Arm Lift

The arm lift surgery addresses loose, excess skin the upper arms that create the appearance of “bat wings.” This surgery can tighten the skin on the arms for a toned look.

Breast Procedures

After losing weight, many women suffer from sagging or deflated breasts. A breast lift and augmentation can help to re-create the perky, youthful breasts that have been missing.

Bra line/Back Lift

This procedure removes excess skin and fat that bunches up around the bra line in the upper back. This space is tightened to give a smoother appearance.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift helps to remove stubborn, inelastic skin from the medial or lateral side of the thighs. This process can also recontour the thighs for a firmer and toner look.

Liposuction

Weight loss isn’t always able to get rid of every pocket of fat on the body. Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat almost anywhere on the body.

Preparing For Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery

When getting post-bariatric plastic surgery, it is important to be in good health, at a stable weight, and to be committed to a healthy lifestyle. By talking with Dr. Erella at Aspira Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, he can recommend the best procedures for you and discuss how to prepare for them.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have lost a lot of weight and are left with excess, loose skin, you do not have to live with this. Talk to Dr. Erella about your post-bariatric plastic surgery options. To make an appointment, call the office at 512-730-3885 or fill out an online form.

Losing weight following bariatric surgery can lead to many health improvements. Unfortunately, an immense weight loss can also leave you with extra lax skin that hangs off your body. To achieve the slim figure you’ve been waiting for, you might consider one of these plastic surgery procedures post-weight loss!

Body Lift

A body lift combines procedures to target the upper or lower body. If your excess skin is present in the lower body, you might receive surgery to remove extra skin from the thighs, abdomen, hips, flanks, and buttocks. For the upper body, procedures will target the upper back, breasts, and arms. During your procedures, the extra skin will be removed, and underlying tissue may be tightened to achieve a well-contoured figure.

Tummy Tuck

If most of your loose skin is present in the abdominal region, you might choose to have a tummy tuck as part of your post-weight loss procedure. This procedure can be customized to address your unique concerns when it comes to your midsection. After a tummy tuck, you can enjoy a flatter stomach and wear tighter clothes more comfortably!

Breast Procedure

For women who have undergone weight loss, the breasts can also be affected. If you experience sagging breasts due to extra skin, you could benefit from a breast augmentation with implants to restore volume or a lift to remove extra skin and lift the breasts to their natural position.

Arm/Thigh Lift

An arm or thigh lift can also be added to your body contouring procedure. Loose skin can be removed, and underlying tissue can be tightened to tone the arms or thighs.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a great procedure to have if you suffer from stubborn fat. It can be done alone or added to virtually any procedure to enhance results. Through small incisions, liposuction can remove stubborn fat cells for good to achieve a slimmer overall contour.

Your Customized Treatment Plan

Post-bariatric plastic surgery is completely customizable to you and your specific post-weight loss needs. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine which procedures you are a candidate for. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Erella, contact our office today!