Post-bariatric surgery body contouring

After obesity or weight loss surgery, many people find that they have a lot of excess skin. Cosmetic surgery can help with your body contouring needs. In every case, there is excess skin following bariatric surgery in the abdominal area. Therefore, almost every time the needed procedure is abdominoplasty and the size of excess skin is larger than usual. Abdominoplasty may be enhanced by arm and thigh lift if there is also excess loose skin in those areas.

The procedure

An incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubis, and around the belly button. The surgeon separates the excessive skin. After inspecting the muscles and repairing any irregularities, the surgeon pulls the excess skin downwards and from the sides towards the midline. After inserting the belly button into the new position, the incisions are closed with sutures. The surgeon inserts small drain tubes to remove any fluids that collects after surgery and places you in a special supporting garment. The operation takes about three hours and is done under general anesthesia.

Recovery

An overnight stay at clinic is needed for your safety and comfort, followed by two to three days of bed rest. While in bed, legs must be bent in order to prevent strain on the surgical area. After a day, the drain tubes are removed and you can walk and resume light physical activities. Recovery period takes on average three to six weeks.
Abdominoplasty makes possible to achieve the full effect of bariatric surgery. A firmer and flatter abdomen is achieved by removing the excess skin and fat tissue. The waist also becomes smaller. Even though all efforts are being made in order to minimize scarring, the scars will be permanent. They will become lighter and flatter after six to nine months.

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