Post-Bariatric Cosmetic Surgery in Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma
As the incidence of obesity increases in the United States, more and more patients are turning to bariatric surgery to help with their weight loss goals. After gastric bypass or laparoscopic gastric band surgery, patients are able to achieve significant weight loss, which improves their overall health. After such massive weight loss, many patients are unfortunately left with a significant amount of excess skin. Because this loose skin will not be reduced or tighten through exercise or other methods, surgical removal remains the gold standard in helping bariatric patients achieve the body they desire.
Post-bariatric plastic surgery refers to an array of surgical procedures designed to remove excess skin and unwanted fatty deposits, resulting in the optimal body contour. Because every patient is unique, an individualized plan of treatment will be developed to address your specific problem areas. Common procedures performed include tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), complete body lift, posterior body lift, buttock lift, thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, and face/neck lift. Occasionally, more than one procedure can be performed during the same operation, so that patients may enjoy a single recovery.
At Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medispa in Seattle, we specialize in post-bariatric cosmetic surgery. One of our most commonly performed operations is the complete body lift. During this procedure, the excess skin and fat of the entire mid section is removed, which essentially accomplishes a tummy tuck, buttock lift, and outer thigh lift, all with just one operation. Many surgeons in the country perform the tummy tuck and the posterior (backside) body lift during separate operations, forcing the patient to endure two recovery processes. At Premier Cosmetic Surgery, we routinely perform the complete body lift as one procedure, and consistently obtain excellent results. Additionally, we combine liposuction with the removal of loose skin. This technique allows the maximum amount of fat and skin to be removed, so that our patients achieve a superior body contour. Finally, our technique almost always eliminates the need for drains, which can be a cumbersome and messy part of the recovery process. Because the complete body lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, patients are able to recover in the comfort of their own homes rather than in a hospital.
Since massive weight loss can result in loose skin anywhere on the body, many patients desire more than one procedure. Certain operations can be combined while others cannot. Our extensive experience with post-bariatric patients allows us to determine the best operative strategy that will provide excellent cosmetic results with the minimal amount of recovery time. Please view our Photo Gallery and the Procedures pages for more information on specific procedures.
If you have had bariatric surgery and are now faced with loose skin and unwanted fatty areas, call today and schedule a free consultation. With post-bariatric cosmetic surgery, you achieve the body you’ve dreamed about and start living your new life!