It is not uncommon to have a significant amount of excess skin after dramatic weight loss. Dr. Berardi offers post-bariatric body contouring surgery to smooth out the new contours of the body and tighten areas of laxity. Post-weight loss surgery can include thigh lift, buttock lift, arm lift, tummy tuck and/or breast lift.
During a pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Berardi will evaluate your health and your cosmetic goals to determine which procedures will be a part of your post-bariatric surgery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours based on the number of treatments being performed and the extent of changes needed. Post-bariatric body contouring is not a single procedure; rather, the term refers to a combination of cosmetic procedures, including:
A thigh lift removes excess skin and firms the remaining skin around the front and inside of the thighs. This procedure can drastically improve your silhouette as well as your overall comfort.
A butt lift removes sagging skin from the buttocks and also adds volume to the area. This makes the buttocks in better proportion with your thighs and waist, and also helps create a more attractive silhouette. Dr. Berardi can perform the butt augmentation procedure alone or with fat augmentation.
This procedure is used during the post-bariatric body contouring process to eliminate excess skin and/or any remaining excess fat from the abdomen. A tummy tuck also tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, helping you obtain a toned mid-section.
Oftentimes after significant weight loss, the breasts lose volume and can begin to sag. The breast lift procedure, which can also be combined with the placement of breast implants, will lift the breasts to a firmer, more youthful position.
Following weight loss, skin around the upper arms may sag significantly, even interfering with your everyday tasks. An arm lift involves an incision across the length of the arm, through which Dr. Berardi will trim away any excess skin, revealing more sleek and toned arms.
Post-bariatric body contouring surgery is a very in-depth, comprehensive procedure that involves incisions and changes to many parts of the body. As such, the recovery from post-bariatric surgery is variable. Depending on the specific procedures you have undergone, some procedures will require an overnight stay in the surgical facility. Dr. Berardi will monitor your condition before releasing you to recover at home. Dr. Berardi will provide thorough post-operative instructions, including information about bathing, changing bandages, and when to resume certain activities. It is important to follow these instructions closely to ensure a safe and fast recovery. Dr. Berardi will also prescribe you medications to offset any pain or discomfort than may occur during your Scottsdale post bariatric surgery recovery. Dr. Berardi will see you for follow-up appointments and will advise when it is okay to return to work or to resume exercise. The results of post bariatric body contouring surgery are evident immediately, but can take several months to take their final form.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are bothered by areas of loose, sagging skin, you may be interested in pursuing post-bariatric surgery. If you are interested in the procedure it is important that you have lost all, or nearly all, of the weight that you plan to lose, as weight fluctuations after surgery can negatively affect the long-term results. You also should not smoke and should be in good general health. It is important to have a realistic expectation regarding the outcome of surgery, as well. During your pre-surgery consultation at his plastic surgery Scottsdale practice, Dr. Berardi will evaluate your overall health and cosmetic goals to determine if you are a suitable candidate for post bariatric surgery in Phoenix / Scottsdale, AZ.
If you have accomplished the feat of losing weight and beginning a healthier lifestyle, you deserve to feel good about your appearance. Post-bariatric body contouring can help you in the final stages of creating your ideal body. If you are interested in learning more about this comprehensive procedure, we encourage you to contact our practice today at 480-397-0711 to schedule a consultation.