Post Bariatric Reconstruction Surgery
View Our SpecialsPost bariatric surgery reconstruction emerged as new sub-specialty of plastic surgery in the last few years. This constitutes a group of procedures that are utilized to tighten excessively loose skin, frequently after massive weight loss.
A smaller group of patients, who are normal weight and have never been overweight, will present with loose enough skin to warrant surgical tightening in the inner arm, posterior trunk, buttocks or thigh regions. Your doctor considers age, obesity and smoking habits when evaluating a candidate for this procedure.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty or a “tummy tuck,” is designed to correct a protruding abdomen resulting from weak abdominal muscles, weight gain or pregnancy. Obesity and aging cause the skin to lose its elasticity. These conditions may not respond well to diet or exercise if the skin and underlying muscles have been stretched.
With abdominoplasty, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and excess fatty tissue and skin are removed to improve the body contour. The goal is a narrower, flatter abdomen. Realistic expectations are important. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss. Your doctor considers age, obesity and smoking habits when evaluating a candidate for this procedure.
Body lift, or belt lipectomy, is performed to remove the excess skin and fat that exists on the body as a result of age or extreme weight loss. The body lift is performed on the lower torso and upper legs and involves the belly, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs. People who have excess skin or fat in all of these areas may benefit from the body lift procedure.
This procedure involves a tummy-tuck combined with a circumferential excision of excess tissue from around the entire trunk while elevating the buttock and outer thighs. Obviously, this is a very extensive procedure requiring longer operative times and recovery than just a tummy-tuck. A lifting effect is obtained at the level of the buttocks, the outer thighs as well the abdomen and flanks.
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An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a procedure to remove excess fat and skin of the upper arm. Aging or weight loss can cause the upper arm skin to become loose and sagging. An arm lift serves to remove excess skin and fat which reduces the circumference of the upper arm. The extra skin and fat are removed through an incision along the inner aspect of the upper arm. This incision is placed in order to best tightened the tissue but the incision must also be well hidden.
Liposuction is a very common, popular procedure. It is designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue, commonly referred to as “cellulite.” It is an elective procedure that allows the plastic surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face, neck, and arms.
Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time. A variety of factors can affect the results: Physical condition, genetic makeup, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, and skin elasticity.
Body contours made irregular by fat can be improved by this procedure; it cannot correct contours that are irregular for other reasons, such as muscle weakness or hernia. However, combined with other procedures, liposuction can correct these other deformities with good results.
At the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates office, Dr. Hisham Seify offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Southern California including: Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, California. Contact the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates office today to schedule your FREE Post Bariatric Surgery Consultation!