Post-Bariatric Body Contouring
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Dramatic weight loss after bariatric procedures often necessitates post-bariatric body contouring. This procedure can get rid of the sagging skin and pockets of excess fat that result from weight loss, giving the patient a tighter, more sculpted look. Patients can learn more about post-bariatric body contouring in Columbus, OH, by scheduling a consultation with Dr James McMahan.
What Is Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?
Bariatric procedures are a series of surgical sessions meant to address obesity and allow patients to lose weight. The loss of a significant amount of fat, however, can result in loose skin. This is because, due to the natural loss of skin elasticity over time, the skin is unable to shrink down to fit the body’s new contours.
Post-bariatric body contouring removes the loose skin while simultaneously tightening areas of the body such as the abdominal muscles. By getting rid of the excess skin and fat around areas like the abdomen, neck, chest, buttocks, back, arms, and thighs, the body becomes more defined and toned.
How Does Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Work?
Post-bariatric body contouring involves surgically removing loose skin with a scalpel. Additionally, pockets of excess fat can be removed with liposuction during this process. The underlying tissues may also be tightened.
Am I a Good Candidate for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?
Patients who have sagging skin in different parts of their bodies after dramatic weight loss are good candidates for post-bariatric body contouring. Their weight will need to have been stable for three to six months.
In addition, patients are recommended to delay post-bariatric body contouring until their weight has stabilized for at least six months following their bariatric procedure. Patients must stop smoking for at least four weeks before and after surgery, as nicotine can constrict blood vessels, causing the skin to necrose (die). This includes secondary smoke or nicotine from vaping, gums, or patches.
During the consultation for post-bariatric body contouring, patients will be asked questions regarding their aesthetic needs and goals. They will also be asked about their complete medical history.
The patient’s target areas will be examined to determine the scope of the procedure. At this time, patients can ask any questions they may have.
Your Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Session
During the post-bariatric body-contouring session, anesthesia will first be administered. In cases where numerous areas are being contoured, general anesthesia may be recommended.
Incisions will then be made in the areas where excess skin and fat are present. Excess skin will be precisely cut away, excess fat will be removed, and the remaining skin will be stretched over the contours of the areas.
The incisions will then be closed and dressed. After that, the patient will need to rest until they are ready to go home.
Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Aftercare
Minor bruising, tenderness, and swelling can be expected around the area where the post-bariatric body contouring was done. Patients will be given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Instructions will also be given on how to care for the affected areas and to apply the surgical compress.
During recovery, patients must stay home from work for a time. It will be necessary to wear post-surgical compression garments to aid in healing. Patients must avoid physically taxing activities like heavy exercise and sports for several weeks. However, frequent short walks are strongly encouraged starting the day of surgery.
How Much Does Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Cost?
The cost of post-bariatric body contouring will depend on several factors. Among them are the number of target areas that need contouring and the extent of the procedure. Additionally, the price will be affected by anesthesia fees, surgery facility fees, and the amount of time needed to perform the surgery.
Set Up a Consultation to Learn More
Contacting Dr McMahan to schedule a consultation will allow patients to learn more about what post-bariatric body contouring in Columbus, OH, involves. It will also allow them to ask further questions about what they can do to prepare for the procedure. Contact us today to get started.