Post Bariatric Surgery in McAllen, TX
Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery are able to achieve significant weight loss, but are often left with stretched, excess skin after they lose weight. RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center offers post bariatric surgery to patients in McAllen, Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley and all of South Texas who are looking to remove this excess skin and achieve a more contoured figure.
What is Post Bariatric Surgery?
Post bariatric surgery encompasses a number of surgical techniques that are used to sculpt and tone the body after significant weight loss from bariatric surgery. Once patients lose fat, there is often a large amount of stretched skin that remains. Even though patients have accomplished significant weight loss, this excess skin can still make them feel self-conscious about their bodies. Post bariatric surgery is a cosmetic procedure that focuses on skin removal, improving a patient’s figure and restoring confidence.
What is Involved in Post Bariatric Surgery?
Often, post bariatric patients require multiple procedures to achieve the full results from post bariatric surgery. Although some procedures can be combined, many must be performed separately in the correct sequence to obtain the best result. For that reason, post bariatric treatment requires careful planning between the patient and the surgeon. Most patients typically need a combination of lower body lifts, upper body lifts, and abdominoplasty to achieve their desired results.
What Types of Abdominoplasty Are Involved in Post Bariatric Surgery?
Almost every post-bariatric patient will need some type of abdominoplasty, a procedure also referred to as a tummy tuck. Our commonly performed abdominoplasty procedures include the following:
- Extended abdominoplasty – The extended abdominoplasty is an expanded tummy tuck procedure that can help eliminate skin on the patient’s sides. This treatment is best suited for patients who would like to eliminate love handles in addition to the typical benefits of a tummy tuck.
- Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty – A Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty is similar to the traditional tummy tuck, but it involves an additional incision made vertically down the midsection. This technique is best for patients with excess skin in the midsection, as we are better able to remove skin and address the abdominal tissue.
- Around-the-World abdominoplasty – The around-the-world abdominoplasty is a combination of a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and butt lift. This enables us to improve the appearance of the entire lower torso for patients who have undergone massive weight loss.
Some patients who have experienced significant weight loss may have considered a panniculectomy. Although this procedure is sometimes covered by insurance, it may not deliver the results that a traditional tummy tuck can. A panniculectomy targets only the overhanging skin at the bottom of the abdomen, at the waistline. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, can maximize the tightening and contouring effects by tightening the abdominal muscles as well as the surrounding tissue and the flanks. There are also several types of tummy tucks available to allow patients to further customize their results.
What is an Upper Body Lift for Post Bariatric Surgery?
An upper body lift is made up of a number of different surgeries that help to improve the appearance of the upper body and back. In some cases, patients will need an upper abdominal lift in addition to their tummy tuck to achieve their desired results. For most patients, however, the upper body lift will be composed of either a breast lift, an arm lift, or both.
Due to the severity of excess skin, a breast lift after massive weight loss can be much more challenging than a typical breast lift surgery. Typically, breast implants are required in addition to the lift in order to restore a firmer, more pleasing shape to the breasts. For male patients with breast enlargement or drooping excess skin, called gynecomastia, we usually recommend VASERLipo® in addition to excisional procedures. This allows us to remove the excess skin and reshape the chest to create a more masculine appearance. At this point, men can also choose to add pectoral implants to further improve the appearance of the chest.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, eliminates redundant skin and fat hanging off the upper arm. Through an incision which runs along the inside of the arm from the elbow to the armpit, an arm lift eliminates the extra skin that many patients hate. Even though the arm lift scar is one of the hardest to hide, post-bariatric patients love their arm lift surgery because it leaves their arms with a more desirable contour. This can be performed with one of two techniques: either the full scar arm lift or the short scar arm lift. The amount of skin to be removed and the patient’s aesthetic goals will determine which technique is used.
What is a Lower Body Lift for Post Bariatric Surgery?
A lower body lift helps improve the appearance of the buttocks, the flanks, and the legs. These procedures typically include the full lower body lift or isolate parts of the body with a butt lift, posterior body lift, or a thigh lift. In most cases, VASERLipo® is used to further enhance the results. Some patients choose to add gluteal implants to their lower body lift, as this helps patients achieve sculpted legs after their lower body lift procedures. The around-the-world abdominoplasty is a lower body lift procedure that also targets the abdomen.
Thigh lift surgery reshapes the inner thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases, fat. This creates smoother skin and better-proportioned contours on the body. Inner thigh lift surgery is usually the final stage in the post-bariatric body contouring process. An abdominoplasty must be performed before a thigh lift because it is the anchor to the thigh lift procedure, and it helps us minimize scarring.
How Much Does Post Bariatric Surgery Cost?
To determine the cost of your post bariatric surgery, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at our practice. During your consultation, we will assess your cosmetic goals in order to pursue a treatment plan that matches your unique needs. Then, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment. At RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center, we accept a number of payment and financing options, including cash, checks, money orders, major credit cards, and CareCredit® financing. We also offer simple and secure online payment options for the convenience of our patients.
Dr. Rodriguez of RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center is one of the few surgeons in South Texas who performs the complex procedure that is post bariatric surgery. If you are considering this or other cosmetic procedures, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We proudly serve patients living in and around the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, Brownsville, and all of South Texas.
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Our highly qualified and experienced surgeon, Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, his skill, advanced technology, and patient’s goal to deliver beautiful results. Through cosmetic surgery and vein care, his objective is to enhance each patient’s individuality. Our team takes a unique, personalized approach to every treatment, which we believe is necessary to properly treat our one-of-a-kind patients. We are fully dedicated to the care and needs of our patients and strive for consistency and excellence through our treatment services.