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Body Contouring After Weight Loss

Most patients who undergo gastric bypass, or some form of gastric banding procedure, do lose weight. Many lose a lot of weight.  Typically, patients are left with large folds of excess skin, along with loose muscles and sometimes localized pockets of unsightly fat tissue.


In such cases, both liposuction and skin removal can help to reshape the normal structures of the body.  Body contouring surgery will give you  a renewed interest in your appearance. Patients who suffered from poor self-image are suddenly more confident.

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Often after a substantial weight loss, the skin does not regain its shape, leaving excess skin and fat. The skin below the stomach is known as a pannus, the ‘apron’ of abdominal fat and skin, and it’s one of the most common areas to be treated with body contouring plastic surgery. Removal of the pannus gives people the shape they worked so hard to achieve with their weight loss regimen, including Bariatric surgery.
The plastic surgical procedure known as panniculectomy is designed to remove excess skin and body fat.

Other areas of the body can also benefit from body contouring and/or liposuction after bariatric surgery with these plastic surgery procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty plastic surgery

  • Partial abdominoplasty/mini tummy-tuck

  • Arm lift (brachioplasty)

  • Breast lift (mastopexy)

  • Face lift (rhydicetcomy)

  • Male breast reduction for Gynecomastia

  • Neck lift (platysmaplasty)

  • Panneculectomy

  • Thigh lift

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Is it right for you?

Before you decide to undergo plastic surgery following major weight loss, your weight must be stabilized.

If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets will redevelop.
If you rapidly regain the weight, you will traumatically stress your already weakened and thinned skin, causing further stress to the skin, visible stretch marks and wide scars.
Usually it is safe to proceed with Plastic Surgery one year after your Gastric Surgery was performed.  

Good candidates for body contouring are:

  • Adults of any age whose weight loss has stabilized

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery

  • Non-smokers

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body contouring can accomplish








After your body contouring surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied and a small thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your surgical site(s), medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up. We’ll answer these important questions and more:

  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

  • When will dressings/bandages be removed?

  • Are stitches removed? When?

  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

  • When do I return for follow-up care?

What to Expect

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