Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, refers to a class of surgical procedures that address obesity by the introduction of an implanted medical device, such as a gastric band, or through the removal of part of the stomach, which is referred to as gastric bypass surgery. Studies show that bariatric procedures can result in significant and lasting weight reduction, and can also improve cardiovascular health.
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The Need for Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery
However, sudden weight loss can result in excess skin. Some common areas where loose skin can accumulate following a bariatric procedure are the breasts, stomach, arms and thighs and there are surgical procedures to address all of these conditions. A skilled plastic surgeon can, through surgical technique, remove excess skin and reposition remaining skin to reveal a more slender, more beautiful you. We offer post-bariatric surgery in Hawaii, at our new surgicenter at Hale Pawaa.
Post-Bariatric Procedure: Tummy Tuck
One of the most common post-bariatric procedures is a tummy tuck. The tummy is a prodigious accumulator of body fat in overweight people, and also occupies a large area on the human body. For these reasons, following significant weight loss, a patient’s tummy is often misshapen and loose. The common tummy tuck procedure addresses this condition by repositioning the skin and removing excess skin. You can see photos of pre- and post-operative tummy tuck patients in our before and after picture gallery (add link here to photo gallery), as well as photos of our Hawaii post-bariatric surgery patients.
Post-Bariatric Procedure: Lower Body Lift
The lower body is another trouble area for some women. Following bariatric surgery and the corresponding weight loss, loose skin can accumulate in the lower body area. A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, and repositions and tightens the remaining skin. You can see photos of pre- and post-operative lower body lift patients in our before and after picture gallery (add link here to photo gallery), as well as photos of our Honolulu post-bariatric surgery patients.
Post-Bariatric Procedure: Brachioplasty
Brachioplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed on the arms. The human arm (especially the upper arm above the elbow) tends to be a body fat storage area in persons with weight problems. A brachioplasty can address the loose skin that remains following a bariatric procedure. You can see photos of pre- and post-operative brachioplasty patients in our before and after picture gallery(add link here to photo gallery), as well as photos of our Hawaii post-bariatric surgery patients.
Post-Bariatric Procedure: Medial Thigh Tuck
Accumulation of fat in the thigh area is very patient-dependent. Overweight patients suffer from this condition in varying degrees. For bariatric patients with accumulation of body fat in the thigh area, their post-bariatric body will often have loose skin in the thigh area. A medial thigh tuck is a surgical procedure that addresses this condition. You can learn more about this procedure by visiting our article on medial thigh tuck. You can see photos of pre- and post-operative patients in our before and after picture gallery(add link here to photo gallery), as well as photos of our Honolulu post-bariatric surgery patients.
To learn more regarding your options as a Hawaii post-bariatric surgery patient, contact Breast Implant Center of Hawaii today to schedule an initial consultation at our office in Honolulu or Kona-Hilo. S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS will be glad to speak with potential Oahu post-bariatric surgery patients during that time.