Post-Gastric Bypass Body Sculpting

Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure that can help patients safely undergo massive weight loss. Due to the significant amount of weight loss that usually follows gastric bypass surgery and the speed at which the weight is lost, most patients are left with loose skin and excess fat deposits that cause their bodies to look misshapen and irregular. Post-gastric bypass body sculpting includes several procedures that can help patients address the unsightly side effects of gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Chiu routinely performs body sculpting procedures to remove excess fat and hanging skin to help post-gastric bypass patients achieve a smoother and shapelier silhouette. These procedures can be performed together or in stages according to your needs and preferences.

Benefits of Body Sculpting After
Gastric Bypass Surgery

Patients who have fully recovered from gastric bypass surgery and who have reached their optimum weight-loss goal can experience numerous benefits by undergoing body sculpting procedures. Body sculpting surgery can provide the following benefits for qualified candidates:

  • Targeted body contouring
  • Removal of hanging, loose skin
  • Elimination of stubborn fat deposits
  • Enhanced body shape and a smoother silhouette
  • Freedom from physical reminders of the previous burden of weight
  • A more natural shape and appearance
  • Improved self-confidence and body image

What Are My Options?


A facelift can be performed for patients with sagging facial skin. This procedure tightens the facial tissues and removes displaced fat to help your face look smoother, firmer, and more youthful.

Upper Arm Lift

It is common for post-gastric bypass patients to have poor skin tone in their upper arms. Upper arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, eliminates sagging skin and localized fat from the upper arms so that they look toned, firm, and natural.

Breast Lift

The substantial amount of fat lost after gastric bypass surgery can diminish breast volume, causing the breasts to appear saggy and deflated. Breast lift surgery reshapes and repositions the breasts to improve their appearance, firmness, shape, and position on the chest wall. Patients who undergo breast lift surgery as part of their body sculpting after gastric bypass surgery will usually look and feel more feminine, attractive, and youthful as a result.

Tummy Tuck

Major weight gain contributes to the accumulation of visceral stomach fat and can cause the abdominal muscles to become loose. After massive weight loss, these muscles do not necessarily contract as they should and may cause the stomach to look distended. Many patients are also left with hanging skin and stubborn abdominal fat. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal wall, removes excess skin, and eliminates stubborn fat deposits to restore a firmer and flatter abdomen.

Thigh Lift

Sometimes, major weight loss leaves patients with hanging skin or excess fat along the thighs. A thigh lift improves the appearance and tone of the outer and inner thighs by removing excess skin and fat to give the thighs a firmer and tighter shape.

Buttock Lift

When excess skin and fat are present in the buttocks, it is appropriate to consider a buttock lift. The buttock lift raises, reshapes, and smooths out the buttocks by removing unwanted fat and skin and tightening the tissues.

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift, also called a belt lipectomy, is a procedure that can help patients who have loose aprons of hanging skin that surround the waist, hips, buttocks, and thighs. The procedure includes a lengthy circumferential incision around the waist and back so that Dr. Chiu can remove excess tissue and reposition and tighten the remaining tissues. A lower body lift can significantly improve the shape and appearance of the lower body after gastric bypass surgery.


Stubborn fat is common among post-gastric bypass patients and can persist nearly anywhere on the body. Liposuction is often paired with other procedures to remove unwanted fat. This procedure can be incorporated into other body sculpting procedures to ensure that excess fatty deposits are properly eliminated.


  • Immediately After

    You will most likely have compression garments or elastic bandages on your treated areas to control swelling. Temporary drains or absorptive pads will help drain excess fluids. Avoid exposing your surgical incisions to motion or excessive force or abrasion. You may also experience pain, bruising, and swelling. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the treated areas, how to take prescribed medications for pain management and recovery, and how to manage physical activity to encourage circulation.

  • 7 to 10 Days

    Depending on the procedures you have undergone, your tissue composition, and your age, you may either be ready to return to work or will still need to rest at home. Pain, bruising, and swelling may begin to subside. You should continue to follow the personal recommendations that Dr. Chiu has given you for your recovery.

  • 2 to 3 Weeks

    Most typical patients will be feeling better and will gradually be able to return to work and normal activities. Continue to follow Dr. Chiu’s instructions to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly, and continue to avoid strenuous physical activities.

  • 1 Month an On

    You should be feeling more and more back to normal and may be able to gradually reintroduce more strenuous physical activities. Follow Dr. Chiu’s recommendations and pace yourself so that you can look forward to enjoying your results without complications.

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At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc., Dr. Chiu can recommend the procedures that will help you achieve the results you want, based on your individual needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for post-gastric bypass body sculpting?

Candidates for body sculpting after gastric bypass surgery should be healthy and have no nutritional deficiencies. To qualify for body sculpting surgery, it is essential to have fully recovered from the gastric bypass procedure with no surgical complications. Patients must also have already achieved their desired weight loss and should be at a stable body weight.

How do I know which body contouring procedure(s) I need?

Many patients who have gone through gastric bypass surgery are likely to need tummy tuck surgery and/or lower body lift surgery to correct fat deposits and sagging skin around the midsection. Some patients may also need upper arm lift surgery, thigh lift surgery, or other body sculpting procedures. If you are bothered by the presence of stubborn fat and hanging skin on certain areas of your body, you may want to consider undergoing the appropriate procedures that target those areas. These procedures can be combined and personalized for every patient. As you discuss your options with Dr. Chiu, he will help you determine which procedure(s) will be best for your goals and your needs.

Is it better to undergo body sculpting with multiple operations at once or in stages?

The goals and circumstances for each patient will determine whether it is better to undergo multiple procedures at once or in stages. While combining procedures allows you to experience the final results sooner, this option has a more difficult and lengthy recovery. If the procedure is performed in stages, each recovery may be easier and shorter, but there will be multiple recovery periods. There will also be waiting periods between each surgery, and depending on circumstances, these waiting periods may last for weeks, months, or even years.

Are there certain things I will have to do or stop doing before my procedure?

Patients should avoid taking certain drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and warfarin for a few weeks before surgery, as these can increase the risk of bleeding and hematomas during recovery. Patients should also avoid certain herbal supplements, vitamin E, and red wine for the same reason. More specific instructions will be provided before your procedure.

Do all post-gastric bypass patients undergo body sculpting?

Post-gastric bypass body sculpting is elective, but it is common for patients to choose to undergo these procedures. Despite the significant weight loss, many patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery feel dissatisfied with their appearance because of the remaining skin and fat. Undergoing body contouring procedures can help you improve your body contour and achieve the attractive, youthful body contour and self-confidence you desire.

Will I have scars?

The amount of scarring you can expect after body sculpting will vary depending on the procedures you undergo. Some procedures will leave small, inconspicuous scars while others will leave larger, more noticeable scars. Patients who undergo body sculpting procedures usually feel that the benefits of skin and fat removal outweigh the downsides of noticeable scarring. Nonetheless, Dr. Chiu takes care to make any scarring as minimal and inconspicuous as possible. Even with those procedures that require lengthy incisions, the scars will be inconspicuously placed and can be hidden with most clothing and underwear.

How long will my results last?

The results of body sculpting after gastric bypass surgery can be long lasting. Patients who remain committed to a healthy lifestyle and who avoid future weight fluctuations will experience the best long-term results. Dr. Chiu can advise you on how to maintain the best results after post-gastric bypass body sculpting.

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