Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery



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Overview

Body contouring following bariatric surgery and/or major weight loss, is a surgical procedure that targets and removes excess sagging fat and skin. Dr. Ziakas specializes in post bariatric body contouring and has developed close collaboration with renowned bariatric surgeons in the Houston metropolitan area and its suburbs. There are various techniques used and the treatment that best fits your needs and expectations, can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.

Benefits

  • Improves the shape and tone of your underlying tissue
  • Improves the appearance of the targeted area with smoother contour

Candidates

Patients considering post bariatric body contouring, should be in good health, have stable weight for at least 6 months and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.

Recovery

Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same or next day depending on the volume of fat and skin removed and on whether the procedure was done alone or combined with other procedures. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected but improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks. A pressure garment will have to be used for several weeks after surgery to help with healing and decrease swelling.

All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in body contouring after bariatric surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. Drains used at the time of surgery are removed in the office during your follow up appointment. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.

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