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Surgery After Weight Loss

Posted by drbg on October 30, 2009

The benefits of weight loss with or without surgical assistance (gastric bypass, gastric banding) are beyond doubt.  The problem of the remaining extra stretched skin remains long after the pounds are shed.

Post-bariatric surgery (surgery after weight loss) is the newest field in plastic surgery.  This surgery addresses the extra skin of the abdomen, back, thighs, arms, and breasts with artful surgical removal to best enhance the new lean body now hidden by folds of extra skin.

A variety of operations address the various areas of the body:  brachioplasty (arm lifts), mastopexy (breast lifts), breast reductions, abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), circumferential belt lipectomy to address the abdomen and lower back, body lift for the buttock, thighs, and back; and thigh lifts to tighten the thighs.  Facelifts are often used to treat redundant skin of the face and neck left after weight loss.  Even more interesting, some of the excess skin that would normally be removed can be used for auto-augmentation (augmentation using your own tissues) of the buttocks and breasts.  All of these techniques must be customized to treat each patient’s individual needs and priorities. 

 I began performing  these post-weight loss operations more than 15 years ago, when surgery to treat massive weight loss was risky and rare.  Newer techniques have made this a much safer procedure and, therefore more common.  Also, better understanding of nutrition and exercise has helped many people lose weight without surgery and has also helped people maintain excellent health after massive weight loss. 

I would enjoy hearing about the experiences of my blog readers and I would be happy to answer your questions. 

Pre and Post Body Lift

Pre and Post Body Lift

Pre and Post Brachioplasty

Pre and Post Brachioplasty

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