There are a number of bariatric procedures, any of which generally result in massive weight loss. The excess hanging skin that is left often causes patients a number of aesthetic concerns, which can be addressed by post-bariatric contouring surgery.
How is post-bariatric body contouring performed?
Both the lower and upper body lifts generally involve a single incision, placed in the natural folds of the skin to minimize the visibility of any scarring. These incisions allow Dr. Beck to tighten and remove excess skin both above and below the incision line:
- The incision for the lower body lift goes completely around the torso and tightens the fascia and muscle of the abdominal wall giving your body a toned, sculpted look.
- The incision for the upper body lift is typically along the bra line; it may be accompanied by a breast lift procedure.
Both upper and lower body lifts are complex procedures. They can be performed all at one time or in a series of shorter surgeries to accommodate the health and schedule of an individual patient. Performed under general anesthesia, surgery can last from three to seven hours, depending upon the extent of the surgery.