Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery FAQ

Bariatric procedures can result in rapid and significant weight loss. However, after achieving that weight loss, many bariatric patients are left with frustrating functional problems and cosmetic concerns.

A body lift and other body contouring procedures may be recommended to help achieve a better result. Here are some of the most common questions that we receive at our Richmond plastic surgery practice about post-bariatric body lifts.

What is a Post-Bariatric Body Lift?

A post-bariatric body lift is a customized plastic surgery procedure that is performed after significant weight loss. It removes excess fat and skin and improves the shape of the underlying tissue. Depending on your areas of concern, a body lift after massive weight loss may include procedures such as:

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Why Might I Consider This Type of Body Contouring?

Not everyone needs a body lift or body contouring after weight loss surgery. However, when you gain a lot of weight, your skin gradually stretches. If you lose that weight, your skin may not be elastic enough to bounce back. This results in extra folds of skin that will not improve with exercise or non-surgical treatment.

Post-bariatric body contouring may be an option for you if you are dealing with problems related to excess skin, such as:

  • Challenges with personal hygiene
  • Sores, rashes, or skin infection
  • Issues with self-confidence and body image
  • Difficulties with excess skin getting in the way of movement and exercise
  • Trouble finding clothes that fit properly

How Long Will The Results of a Post-Bariatric Body Lift Last?

A post-bariatric body lift can offer long-term results. The biggest factor that impacts the longevity of your results is weight fluctuations.

Maintaining a steady weight will protect your outcome while gaining weight will detract from it. That is why you must wait at least 18 months after your bariatric surgery and demonstrate that you can keep the weight off before you are eligible for a body lift.

Schedule Your Richmond Consultation Today

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zinsser is available to answer additional questions about post-bariatric body lift surgery. Call (804) 464-7615 or fill out our online form today to schedule your consultation. Zinsser Plastic Surgery serves patients from throughout Virginia, including Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg.