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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.