Which body contouring procedures are performed following bariatric surgery?

Updated: May 28, 2019
  • Author: Alan A Saber, MD, MS, FACS, FASMBS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Massive weight loss is associated with negative consequences for the body, such as flabby skin, abdominal skin overhang, and pendulous breasts. The excess skin does not regain the tightness it had before the weight gain. Redundant rolls of tissue may also be associated with intertrigo and significant hygiene problems. Surgical correction of these body deformities can significantly enhance physical and physiologic changes. The usual time lapse between gastric bypass and plastic surgery procedures is 12-18 months.

Treatment alternatives for body contouring procedures are as follows:

  • Lipoplasty
  • Conventional surgery
  • Combination of the two procedures

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