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Post-Gastric Bypass
Body Sculpting

Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric procedure designed to help patients lose a significant amount of weight. The massive weight loss that follows gastric bypass surgery often results in folds of loose skin and stubborn fat deposits that can distort body contours. Post-gastric bypass body sculpting includes several procedures that can address the displeasing cosmetic effects of weight loss surgery, revealing a more toned and attractive figure. Dr. Chiu routinely performs body sculpting procedures to remove excess fat and hanging skin, helping his patients achieve a smoother and shapelier silhouette. Depending on your needs, overall health, and preferences, these procedures can be performed during one appointment or in stages.

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Considering Post-Gastric Bypass Body Sculpting?

  • Sculpted Silhouette

    Patients who have fully recovered from gastric bypass surgery and reached their goal weight can benefit from post-gastric bypass body sculpting. By combining body contouring procedures that target specific problem areas, patients can achieve a smoother, more natural silhouette and refined body contours.

  • Customized Results

    Dr. Chiu possesses the skill and artistic vision to help patients obtain results that complement their incredible weight loss achievements. Because every patient’s body responds differently to bariatric surgery, post-gastric bypass body sculpting is entirely customizable to their unique anatomical and cosmetic needs.

  • Enhanced Self-confidence

    While massive weight loss is an admirable accomplishment, many gastric bypass patients struggle with the appearance of loose, sagging skin and fat. Those who choose to undergo post-gastric bypass body sculpting can free themselves from the burden of excess tissue and experience a boost in their self-confidence.

Your Post-Gastric Bypass
Body Sculpting Options

Post-gastric bypass body sculpting is an entirely customizable set of contouring procedures that are designed to deliver stunning and comprehensive results. Dr. Chiu will perform a meticulous analysis of your condition, anatomy, and unique objectives during your initial consultation to develop a personalized surgical plan that addresses your needs.


Facelift surgery is ideal for patients with sagging facial skin. This procedure involves tightening the skin and removing excess tissue to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful aesthetic. A facelift can improve definition and address skin laxity in the mid and lower face, jowls, and chin.

Upper Arm Lift

Gastric bypass patients commonly suffer from skin laxity, stretch marks, and excess fat in their upper arms. Upper arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, gives the arms a toned and firm appearance by removing sagging skin and localized fat.

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Breast Lift

Significant weight loss can diminish breast volume, resulting in deflated and sagging breasts. Breast lift surgery reshapes the breasts and tightens the tissues to make them perkier, firmer, and more youthful. This procedure may also involve reducing and repositioning the nipple-areolar complex for optimal results.

Tummy Tuck

Loose abdominal skin, weakened rectus muscles, and excess fat are common side effects of losing weight with gastric bypass surgery. Patients can enjoy a firmer, stronger core and a more aesthetically pleasing midsection with tummy tuck surgery. This procedure restores the abdomen by removing excess tissue and repairing muscle damage.

Thigh Lift

Sometimes patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery are left with hanging skin and localized fat deposits along their thighs. Thigh lift surgery corrects laxity of the inner and outer thighs by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue.

Buttock Lift

Patients with excess or hanging tissue on the back and buttocks may qualify for a buttock lift. Buttock lift surgery can reposition and smooth the contours of the buttocks, lower back, and upper legs. This procedure involves eliminating excess skin and tightening sagging tissues.

Lower Body Lift

Patients who have loose aprons of hanging skin around the waist, hips, buttocks, and thighs following gastric bypass surgery can benefit from lower body lift surgery. Dr. Chiu creates a circumferential incision around the waist and back, through which excess skin and fat are removed and remaining tissues are tightened. A lower body lift can produce significant improvement in the shape and overall appearance of the lower body.


Liposuction is commonly performed with most body sculpting procedures to recontour problem areas and produce a slimmer, fitter-looking physique. Fat is meticulously removed through a thin cannula using advanced suction technology. This technique is often paired with other procedures to enhance the final results.

Post-Gastric Bypass
Body Sculpting Recovery

  • Immediately After

    Compression garments or elastic bandages will be applied to the treatment areas to minimize swelling. Temporary drains or absorbent pads will help drain fluids during the initial stage of recovery. Patients can expect some pain, bruising, and swelling. Specific instructions will be provided ahead of time detailing aftercare and pain management directions as well as physical limitations.

  • 7 to 10 Days

    Side effects should begin to subside as long as aftercare directions are carefully followed. Depending on the extent of correction, some patients feel well enough to return to work during this period, but some may need to remain at home for longer.

  • 2 to 3 Weeks

    Most patients go back to work and resume their usual routine during this period. However, strenuous activities must still be avoided until cleared by Dr. Chiu.

  • 1 Month and Beyond

    Patients can slowly reintroduce more strenuous activities and exercises, as long as they do not cause any discomfort. Continuing to follow Dr. Chiu’s recommendations can ensure that recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

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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.

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Why choose Dr. Chiu?

Dr. Chiu is extensively trained and experienced with body sculpting procedures, and he applies his exceptional understanding of body aesthetics and anatomy to develop customized surgical plans that address the individual needs of his patients. He is credited as one of the best plastic surgeons worldwide by industry experts, colleagues, patients, and international media. We encourage you to refer to Dr. Chiu’s patient testimonials to read first-hand reflections of his surgical proficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Ideal candidates for post-gastric bypass body sculpting should be in good health, have no nutritional deficiencies, and maintain a stable body weight. To qualify for body sculpting surgery, you must be fully recovered from your bariatric procedure.

Which post-gastric bypass body sculpting procedures do I need?

The best way to know which body sculpting procedures will help you achieve your aesthetic goals is by scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Chiu. During this appointment, Dr. Chiu will assess your condition and recommend procedures and techniques that will address your concerns. Your personalized surgical plan may include a combination of surgeries to deliver the outcome you desire.

Is it better to have multiple post-gastric bypass body sculpting procedures done at once or in stages?

Your personal goals and physical condition will determine whether it is better to undergo multiple procedures at once or in stages. While combining procedures into one surgery allows you to experience the final results sooner, this option requires a lengthier surgery and potentially a more difficult recovery. If your procedures are performed in stages, each recovery period may be easier and shorter, but there will be multiple recovery periods to accommodate. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, you will have to wait weeks, months, or years between surgeries.

What should I avoid before my scheduled post-gastric bypass body sculpting procedure?

A few weeks before surgery, you should refrain from taking medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and warfarin that increase the risk of postoperative bleeding and hematomas. Certain herbal supplements, vitamin E, and red wine should also be avoided for the same reason. Dr. Chiu will give you more specific instructions during your consultation.

Will post-gastric bypass body sculpting result in visible scars?

The degree of scarring following post-gastric bypass body sculpting surgery depends on which procedures you undergo and the desired extent of correction involved. Some procedures result in small, inconspicuous scars, and other techniques can produce more extended and noticeable scars. However, most patients who opt for body sculpting after their gastric bypass surgery feel that the benefits of their cosmetic procedures outweigh the downside of visible scarring. Dr. Chiu is careful to place incisions in areas that can be hidden with clothing whenever possible.

How long will the results of my post-gastric bypass body sculpting procedure last?

The effects of post-gastric bypass body sculpting surgery are considered permanent as long as you remain committed to a healthy, active lifestyle. Significant weight fluctuations after your procedure can alter your results, but Dr. Chiu can advise you on how to maintain your figure for lasting improvement.

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