Bariatric surgeries are a medically-assisted weight loss solution for obese or severely overweight individuals.
These procedures allow men and women to take control of their lives and lose dramatic amounts of weight. Losing this weight will improve their overall health and extend their life expectancy. However, these surgeries often leave patients with excess flaps of skin. If you have recently undergone weight loss surgery and have an undesired amount of stretched, loose skin we can help you transform your body and show off your results!
- 1 What is Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?
- 2 Before and After Photos
- 3 Body Contouring Treatments
- 4 Benefits
- 5 Candidates
- 6 Personal Consultation
- 7 Preparation
- 8 Procedure
- 9 Recovery
- 10 Results
- 11 Cost
- 12 FAQs
What is Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?
When large amounts of weight are gained, the skin will stretch to accompany the body’s new size. However, when a large amount of weight is lost, the skin can only retract so much. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery have massive weight loss. The result is large amounts of excess stretched skin that sags all around the body. Our goal at Arslanian Plastic Surgery is to help you look great and feel confident! Our treatments will help you regain your body confidence and show off the results you worked so hard for!
Stretched, loose skin may be uncomfortable and unrewarding after all the effort that was put into losing weight. Body contouring procedures can refer to many different surgeries. Ultimately, these treatments will work to remove stretched skin and excess fat deposits.
Before and After Photos
Body Contouring Treatments
There are many surgical techniques that can be used to contour the body after significant weight loss. At Arslanian Plastic Surgery, we offer:
Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a surgical procedure that contours the arms and gets rid of extra arm skin. This procedure requires an incision along the underarm from the armpit to the elbow. To remove excess skin, Dr. Arslanian will excise the stretched tissue and reshape the arms for an optimal outcome. The result will be newly shaped arms that complement the natural proportions of the body.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a great procedure for getting rid of that excess skin in the lower abdomen. Tummy tucks can be performed in different sizes, from a mini tummy tuck to an extended tummy tuck, Dr. Arslanian will help your stomach look flat and toned.
If you are bothered by a protruding gut that has loose, stretched skin an abdominoplasty will help transform your profile!
In a tummy tuck, an incision is made along the lower abdomen above the pubic mound. Through this opening, the underlying muscles will be tightened and repaired. Excess skin will be removed, getting rid of a lot of stretch marked skin. The remaining skin will be re-attached to your abdomen and your belly button may be relocated to a more natural position.
If you are stuck with stubborn fat deposits, liposuction can be used to contour the last of those problem areas! It is important to note that lipo surgery is not a weight loss procedure but a body contouring tool. There are many forms of liposculpture, including:
In this lipo technique, a tumescent fluid is administered to the treatment area. This fluid consists of saline and anesthetic that will work to constrict blood vessels and allow easier access to the fat cells. This technique boasts a shorter surgery and recovery time. Tumescent lipo is growing in popularity and can be used in combination with other lipo techniques.
This form of liposuction is perfect for detailing the body and improving areas such as the upper back and male chest. Tumescent fluid is applied first, after which an ultrasound probe will be inserted into the treatment area to gently break fat cells off surrounding tissues. This liposuction technique is revolutionary, provides localized skin tightening, and is perfect for sculpting the small details of the body!
This technique implements a mechanically powered cannula that removes fat quickly and efficiently. Power-assisted Lipo, or PAL, is a great innovation in technology that allows surgeons to work for a longer period of time without growing tired. In traditional methods of lipo, surgeons would need to move their wrist back and forth for long periods of time to remove fat. PAL allows surgeons to focus on contouring the body and making sure your results are obtained.
The SmartLipo technique applies a laser fiber during surgery to emulsify fat cells. The fat cells are then suctioned from the treatment area and disposed of. The result is a smooth, contoured result. Laser liposuction can help improve the quality of your skin and provide localized skin tightening!
These forms of liposuction vary in the tools they use but will essentially perform the same task of removing fat cells from your body. Dr. Arslanian and you will determine what technique of lipo surgery will provide your best results.
Breast Augmentation and Rejuvenation
An unpleasant side effect of losing large amounts of weight is the effect it will have on men and women’s chests. For the ladies, they often have droopy, flat appearing breasts. Breast augmentation will help restore your breasts to a youthful, natural appearance! At Arslanian Plastic Surgery, we offer our patients breast implants, breast fat transfer, and breast lifts to augment the chest and help the boobs appear natural and perky. There are many details that go into breast augmentation and luckily you will have the opportunity to discuss these options with Dr. Arslanian in a private meeting! Together, you will be able to determine the best solution for your breasts.
Alongside augmentation is breast rejuvenation. Some women are looking to make their breasts smaller and better compliment their proportions. Whatever your goal, our team of highly trained professionals will create your best treatment plan.
When men gain a large amount of weight their bodies often produce too much estrogen. The imbalance in their hormones will affect the way they look, often causing their breast tissue to swell. After a large weight loss is the ideal time to remove the excess tissue and enhance your male physique.
Gynecomastia surgery requires incisions in the natural contours of the breasts. Through these incisions, Dr. Arslanian will use a lipo technique to remove excess tissue. The areola may be resized and naturally positioned to promote your best appearance! This treatment is excellent for men who are looking to improve their body after bariatric surgery.
A facelift or necklift will help reduce unnecessary, stretched skin in the face. After a dramatic weight loss surgery, you may be left with jowls, a double chin, and other loose skin around your face. A face and neck lift will accent your new contours and help define your jawline to show off the slim, healthy you! A facelift and necklift implement incisions along the hairline and behind the ears. Liposuction can be used alongside these surgeries to reduce fat pockets, such as under the chin. The procedure will remove excess skin and tighten the remaining skin so your face looks younger and more defined!
At our office, we want our patients to be proud of their bodies. Bariatric surgery is the first step in taking control of your life and feeling your best. We want to improve upon the results achieved with your weight loss surgery and help you along the path to feeling your best and being healthy! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Arslanian to learn more about how he can rejuvenate your body.
The primary advantage of post-bariatric body contouring is you get your body back! All that work that went into losing dramatic amounts of weight will be highlighted by removing the stretched out skin that’s left over from your larger size. These procedures not only make you appear healthier and slimmer, but they will also boost your confidence and help you feel more yourself.
The ideal candidate for these procedures will be a healthy man or women within their ideal weight range. Undergoing weight loss surgery is difficult, you deserve to show off your hard work and we will help you get there!
If the procedures are deemed as a safe solution to your concerns, you and Dr. Arslanian will plan out and schedule your surgery.
In your private meeting with Dr. Arslanian, he will listen to your concerns and help determine which treatments will provide your best outcome. Dr. Arslanian will ask about your general health, when your bariatric procedure was performed, what medications you take and about your lifestyle.
Your preparation will vary based on the procedure being performed. Arrange for rides to and from the appointment and fill prescriptions. Have a friend around to assist you for the first few days of recovery. It will also be helpful to have an area of your home where you can retreat to and rest peacefully.
You will need to fast for twelve hours before surgery and wear comfy, loose-fitting clothes to the appointment.
The details of your procedure will vary based on the surgery being performed. Dr. Arslanian and you will have discussed your surgery in great detail during your consultation.
Anesthesia will be administered and once it has taken effect, the surgery will begin. Excess skin will be removed and the treatment area sculpted and contoured for your most flattering results. When the desired effect has been accomplished, Dr. Arslanian will close the incisions and bandage them. You will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored until deemed healthy enough to go home.
Each person will heal at a different rate. It will be important to take it easy for the first week to two weeks of recovery. Remember to rest, drink plenty of water, and go on short walks when you can. Brief movements like walking will help reduce swelling and improve your healing process.
Pain medication will control any discomfort and help you rest well. Schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Arslanian to ensure you are recovering well and to get all of your new questions answered.
Most patients see results after a few months when swelling has gone down and the body has adjusted to the new shape. Dr. Arslanian will inform you when to expect your final results to set in. These procedures will produce long-lasting results! Continue living a healthy life and keep a consistent weight. These practices will help your results stick around for years!
Each of these treatments differs in cost. To learn more about the prices of these body contouring procedures, call our office at (678) 894-9200. Stretched skin after weight loss can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. For your best body sculpting outcome, schedule a consultation with Dr. Arslanian today!
Can I get rid of extra skin?
Yes! Extra skin after bariatric surgery is very common. We offer many treatments to get rid of extra skin and help our patients show off their new body!
What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a term that refers to surgical procedures that improve the contour and shape of the body.
Is body contouring permanent?
Body contouring is long lasting! With a healthy diet and active lifestyle, you can enjoy a slim, shapely body for years to come.