Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri
Bariatric surgery is the treatment of choice for people who are considered severely obese. The term Bariatric surgery is used to describe a series of weight loss procedures that are designed to help people who are overweight achieve the body of their dreams. It includes gastric bypass, gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy. These procedures make changes to the digestive system to help you lose weight when diet and exercise have failed to work.
Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is gaining popularity as a safe option resulting in significant and permanent weight loss. Your weight loss journey doesn’t end with Bariatric Surgery alone, there are a whole array of post-bariatric body contouring procedure available to help you achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of.
Body contouring is used to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue and remove excess sagging skin and fat from patients who loss excessive weight due to bariatric surgery.
Some issues post-bariatric weight loss patients encounter are:
- Sagging, loose skin on the upper arms
- Flattening and hanging of breasts with nipples pointed downward
- Abdominal area and lower back may hang / sag around the sides and back area
- Sagging of the buttocks, groin and thighs
Post-bariatric body contouring results in a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours. Post-bariatric body contouring is the final step in your weight loss journey.
Prior to Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe requests that all patients take iron (ferrous sulfate) supplementation, approximately 300 mg three times a day, for 3 weeks prior to surgery. This helps patients increase their red blood cell counts prior to surgery and makes recovery much smoother for patients.
Do NOT take any aspirin, plavix, or ibuprofen at least 10 days prior to surgery. Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner prior to surgery. Dr. Cabbabe may also recommend that you stop any hormones or oral contraceptives to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs around the time of surgery.
It is helpful to have a recliner to sleep on for the first week or two when you transition to a bed. Extra compression garments, including FAJA’s in different sizes, are helpful as your size will decrease after swelling goes down. Female urination devices can be purchased on Amazon to be used while garments are worn.
Eat a healthy diet and avoid alcohol at least 48 hours prior to surgery to maintain hydration around the time of your procedure. Nicotine usage leads to a well – known higher rate of complications including infection and should be stopped at a minimum of 3 weeks prior. Take this as an opportunity to quit smoking forever to enjoy the health benefits long – term as well as improved skin texture with less wrinkling.
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Candidates for Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery
Good candidates for body contouring are men and women who have recently lost a massive amount of weight after undergoing bariatric surgery. Losing a large amount of weight at once can cause your body to develop unsightly loose skin and bring your bodily contours out of proportion. It can be difficult to get rid of the loose skin with diet and exercise alone, so many patients consider body contouring as it can help eliminate the excess skin and redefine your body.
Patients looking to undergo the procedure should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations. We will perform an initial assessment of your body and go over your weight loss goals to help determine if bariatric surgery is right for you.
Some of your options for Post-Bariatric surgery are:
Your Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.
Contact Our Office
Body contouring is the perfect complimentary procedure to bariatric surgery. It can help get rid of the excess sagging skin in different parts of your body and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring after bariatric surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your consultation today.