What is Post-bariatric surgery?
Post-bariatric surgery is a combination of procedures to contour the body after gastric bypass, gastric band, or gastric sleeve surgery. Significant weight loss usually leaves the patient with loose skin. This skin is not only unsightly, but it can cause discomfort and lead to skin rashes.
When the remaining skin folds are removed in post-bariatric surgical procedures, the patient’s body will be smoother and thinner so and clothes fit better.
Dr. Combs has extensive experience with post-bariatric patients. Some procedures may be performed simultaneously, but if the surgery would be extended for too long a time, more than one surgery may be necessary for optimal body contouring.
During your consultation, Dr. Combs will spend time with you to answer your questions and make sure he fully understands what you want to achieve. He will examine you and take a full medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for post-bariatric surgery. He will advise you how many procedures he believes you will need. It is important to him to operate with the utmost integrity and transparency so that you know what you can reasonably expect from your surgery.
Types of Post Bariatric Surgery
Your surgical plan will be highly customized based on what you need. Below are some of the most common procedures for post-bariatric patients:
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
In a tummy tuck, Dr. Combs removes excess skin in the abdominal area. This might extend to the flanks and include tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. If there is excess fat as well, liposuction will be included during the surgery. Find out more about tummy tuck surgery.
A body lift involves the removal of the excess skin of the entire lower part of the torso, including the hips, buttocks, and back. Liposuction is also used, as necessary. Find out more about body lift surgery.
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)
A thigh lift removes the excess skin of the inner and outer thighs so that they are more toned and smoother. Liposuction is often used when there is excess fat remaining in the area. Find out more about thigh lift surgery.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
In an arm lift, Dr. Combs removes excess skin from the upper arms. For any excess fat in the area, liposuction is used. Find out more about arm lift surgery.
After bariatric surgery, some women wish to have sagging breasts lifted. This surgery brings the breasts to a higher, more youthful position. Find out more about breast lift surgery.
Male Breast Reduction
Men with excess breast tissue after post-bariatric surgery can have it removed in order to create a more masculine-looking chest. Find out more about male breast reduction.
Post Bariatric Surgery Recovery and Aftercare
If more than one procedure is to be done simultaneously, you will most likely need to be under general anesthesia. Some shorter procedures may be done using only a local anesthetic and sedation.
Recovery depends a great deal on the combination of procedures you will have done and whether they are done separately or together. Dr. Combs will discuss what you can expect from each recovery period and will let you know how to care for your incisions. You may have drains in some cases and you may have to wear compression garments after some procedures.
All surgeries will result in some pain, swelling, and bruising for a period of time, and you will need to take time off from work. You may need to recover for a few months before a subsequent procedure to remove excess skin and fat from another area of the body.
Pain medication will be given, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection after each procedure. Of course, if you have any questions as you heal, do not hesitate to call us. We will also see you for follow-up examinations to monitor your healing after each surgery.
Call us today for Post Bariatric surgery. We regularly see patients from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.