Post Bariatric Surgery
When people achieve a major weight loss through either lifestyle changes or weight loss surgery, they soon notice an excess of sagging skin. Surgical body contouring can help improve the shape of underlying tissues to give a better proportioned look in such cases.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides post-bariatric surgery body contouring to patients in Cleveland, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Lyndhurst, OH, and surrounding locations.
What Body Contouring Procedures are Possible?
The most common procedures in post bariatric surgery body contouring include:
- Facelift to correct saggy jowls, neck, and mid-facial region
- Arm lift to remove saggy folds from the upper arms
- Breast lift to perk up flattened breasts
- Medial thigh lift to correct inner thigh sagging
- Tummy tuck to remove skin that sags over the abdomen
- Lower body lift to reduce sagging of the outer and inner thigh, buttocks, and abdomen
What are the Steps in Body Contouring?
Body contouring procedures generally begin with the administration of anesthesia. Your surgeon will choose to use either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
In the next stage, the surgeon will make an incision at a location based on important factors such as:
- Where the skin is to be removed
- The quantity of skin to be removed
- Medical factors to be considered
- Your personal preferences
Most advanced body contouring techniques allow your surgeon to make incisions in areas where the scars can be concealed under most types of clothing. However, this may not always be possible.
Common Incision Sites in Different Procedures
Some of the common sites of incision in different forms of post bariatric surgery body contouring are described below.
When skin from the upper arm has to be removed, the incision begins from the underarm, and proceeds along the back or the inside of the upper arm.
When a body lift targets the entire lower part of the body from the waist to the thighs, surgeons may use a circumferential incision that goes around the body in the form of a belt to remove excess fat and skin.
During a breast lift, incisions may be in the form of a ring around the areola, or a line from the breast crease to the areola or in a horizontal line along the crease of the breast.
This surgery is used to lift saggy breasts in men, and the number of incisions to be made will depend on the size of tissue to be removed to achieve a well-proportioned chest contour.
To contour the inner thigh region, incisions are placed in the groin, extending along the thigh inseam towards the knee. For reshaping the outer thigh, incisions begin at the groin and go around the hip.
Once the incision is made, the next stages of body contouring will proceed in keeping with the customized plan drawn up by your surgeon to best meet the outcomes you desire from the procedure. Plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Cleveland, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Lyndhurst, OH, and nearby areas for post bariatric surgery body contouring.
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