Bariatric surgery causes the patient to lose a lot of weight and, in some cases, the appearance of sagging and excess skin in certain regions begin to show.
After a bariatric surgery, the abdomen changes into what is known as an “apron belly”. This happens when a large flap of excess skin, tissue and fat hangs at the bottom of the abdomen. Some skin fold are so deep that even proper cleaning of the area is compromised leading to dermatitis, unpleasant odor, chronic skin infections, and dissatisfaction with self-image. In the chest area, you will notice a loss of breast volume due to sagging and great excess of skin. In addition, there are other changes that may occur. For example: sagging of arms, legs and gluteal region.
To correct these unsatisfactory changes, more than one procedure is usually necessary in order to restore normal body appearance.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
Post-bariatric plastic surgery may be recommended to patients who are flaccid in various regions of the body due to dramatic weight loss. There is no pre-defined age for performing this procedure. It is very important to discuss with your doctor the size and positioning of the scars that will be made during the surgery.
Post-bariatric surgery is not a standard or unique procedure. During the consultation, the patient should state his or her expected outcome, and discuss with the surgeon the best sequence of procedures to be performed. It is important to avoid procedures that may increase the chance of surgical risks, such as procedures that are too long and procedures that cause high blood loss.
A post-operative care guideline will be given based on each and every procedure performed. It is important to note that there may be a need for more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.
How long will the results last?
It is not possible to predict the durability of a post-bariatric surgery result. The result will depend on several individual factors, which varies from patient to patient. For example: genetic factors, lifestyle, and skin care.
The combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.