Plastic Surgery for Bariatric Patients

Following bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) patients generally lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, making it difficult for your skin to readjust. Thus, successful bariatric patients are often left with loose skin hanging around their stomach, thighs, arms and back. Additionally, many patients have loose muscles as well as small areas of unflattering fat tissue. In California, from Brentwood to Oakland there are plastic surgeons who can remove these unsightly after effects of bariatric surgery.

Not only does cosmetic plastic surgery enhance your appearance following weight loss surgery, it will also make you more comfortable. Droopy loose skin, particularly around the stomach can cause discomfort. Activities that are physical in nature, including sitting and standing may cause annoying skin movement. Cleaning under large skin folds is difficult and can lead to irritations, rashes, pain and sometimes infection. A plastic surgeon can remove these ugly skin flaps and therefore improve your appearance, your comfort and ultimately your health.

Patients who have had bariatric surgery need to wait until they have lost extra weight and have time for their tissue and skin to stabilize. The time frame is between six to 18 months for sufficient stabilization to occur. Before scheduling post-bariatric plastic surgery see your bariatric surgeon for advice, checkup and approval.

Be sure that you choose a plastic surgeon that is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is your assurance that the surgeon you have chosen is properly trained and receives ongoing training in plastic surgery. Also be sure to check that the facility where your plastic surgery will be performed has accreditation from the Joint Commission on Health Care Facilities. By using a board-certified plastic surgeon and an accredited facility you are taking the right steps to ensure a successful and non-complicated recovery.


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