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Overview

Congratulations on a successful weight loss journey through gastric bypass or lap band surgery. Letting go of excess weight can give you a new lease on life. Once you've reached your weight loss goals, however, sagging skin and excess tissue can hinder your new healthy lifestyle and impact your body image and sense of accomplishment. Large folds of overstretched skin can also interfere with exercise and may lead to other health issues, such as rashes and skin infections. Post-bariatric body contouring surgery can help tighten sagging skin after extensive weight loss. 

Summary

Procedure time
Varies by procedure, multiple surgeries required
8062749
Overnight stay
Yes
Anesthetic
Anesthetic
General anesthesia
Recovery time
Recovery time
6 weeks or longer

Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Procedures

Body Lift

Lower body lift surgery is the most common follow-up procedure for our patients who have completed weight loss surgery. During a body lift procedure, a large section of excess skin is removed from the midsection (front and back) by creating two parallel incisions, like a belt, around the abdomen and above the buttocks.

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Arm Lift

Sagging skin under your arms, between the armpit and elbow, can be removed during an arm lift procedure, also known as brachioplasty. There is no way to completely prevent visible scars during arm lift surgery, though our highly-skilled surgeons use the most advanced techniques to reduce scarring. Over time scars will lighten and become less noticeable. 

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Breast Lift

A breast lift, or mastopexy surgery, creates a firmer, natural-looking breast silhouette while rejuvenating your body confidence and self-esteem. Using the most advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring, our expert surgeons will raise and reshape your breasts, removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to support your new breast contour. 

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Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery is the standard approach to tightening loose skin on the upper legs following weight loss surgery. An outer thigh lift involves creating a curved back-to-front incision at the top of the thigh, and a medial thigh lift involves a smaller incision along the groin. Both methods allow our skilled surgeons to carefully reshape the contour of your thighs and upper leg and remove excess skin. 

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Facelift

Sagging skin around your face and neck can be especially troubling if you have undergone successful weight loss surgery. While other areas of the body can be hidden with clothing, a "droopy" face or "turkey neck" can substantially impact your body image and self-esteem. Facelift surgery can resolve sagging face and neck skin through careful incisions along the hairline and around the ear. After removing excess skin and tissue, we can also reshape and contour underlying tissue to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.

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Am I a

Candidate for Post Bariatric Surgery?

If you had bariatric weight loss surgery (gastric bypass or lap band surgery) and have reached your target weight, post bariatric surgery could be the next step toward achieving your healthiest life. We suggest waiting until you've maintained your weight loss for at least six months before considering post bariatric body contour surgery. Being in general good health, mentally and physically, and being a non-smoker is also essential to achieving the best long-term results.  

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Consultation

Consultations for post bariatric surgery or excess skin removal after weight loss surgery are available at all Plastic Surgery Center locations. The best surgical plan for you will depend on various personal and medical factors. With this in mind, our world-class surgeons will review your medical history and discuss your ideal surgical outcomes to make personalized recommendations. We can also provide simulated images of your desired results with computer-assisted technology.

Questions
about this procedure?

Post-Bariatric Surgery - Dr. Ahmed Nasser

What to Expect

Depending on your specific procedure or procedures, our expert staff and physicians will provide detailed information about what you can expect before, during, and after each phase of post bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will consider your health history, the amount of skin and fat tissue involved, existing scar tissue, and any previous or complementary procedures you want to have done to determine our best corrective recommendations.

 

Typically, our surgeons close incisions with buried, dissolvable stitches, reducing visible scars and increasing patient comfort. Small drain tubes may be placed to allow excess fluid that builds up where fat tissue was removed during surgery. Your recovery time will depend on the specific procedure performed, and your doctor will provide specific instructions on any physical limitations prior to your surgery.

Recovery &
Results

Results are visible almost immediately following post bariatric surgery, though it can take several months after each procedure to heal fully. Recovery times vary widely based on the extent of the procedure and each person's unique healing process. The surgery will take place under general anesthesia, and the first doses of pain management will likely be given intravenously. You may need to stay overnight for 1-2 days.

Most patients undergoing post bariatric surgery can expect to return to regular activity within 4-6 weeks after each procedure. Ice and over-the-counter medication can help manage swelling and pain during the first 24-48 hours. Depending on the body area and the extent of incisions and skin removal, discharge instructions will be provided for each recovery phase.

You may be sent home with surgical drain tubes in place, which can be uncomfortable. Proper care of the drain tubes will be explained before discharge and removed in the office during one of your post-operative visits. Over the next 1-3 weeks, soreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter medication. 

Best

Post Bariatric Surgeons in NJ

Our board-certified plastic surgeons perform a range of body contour procedures for after weight loss surgery. Using a combination of extensive, specialized surgical training and decades of experience, we ensure safety and satisfaction for each patient, and pride ourselves on delivering surgical outcomes that will exceed your expectations.

Michael Rose
PHYSICIAN

Michael Rose

MD, FACS
Tushar Patel
PHYSICIAN

Tushar Patel

MD, FACS
Russell Ashinoff
PHYSICIAN

Russell Ashinoff

MD, FACS
Adam Saad
PHYSICIAN

Adam Saad

MD, FACS
Hamid Abdollahi
PHYSICIAN

Hamid Abdollahi

MD, FACS
Kari L.  Colen
PHYSICIAN

Kari L. Colen

MD, FACS
Sean Herman
PHYSICIAN

Sean Herman

MD, FACS
Hakan Usal
PHYSICIAN

Hakan Usal

MD
Ahmed Nasser
PHYSICIAN

Ahmed Nasser

MD

Financing & Insurance

The coverage of post-bariatric surgery by insurance may vary depending on several factors. Generally, insurance companies may cover post-bariatric surgery if it is considered medically necessary for the treatment of obesity-related health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.

Our Process

01
schedule
Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation, our expert surgeons will listen and work with you to fully understand the look you wish to achieve.

02
explore-options
Explore
Your Options

We will review and explain all of your cosmetic options and identify which procedure is right for you.

03
transforamation
Start Your Transformation

Our friendly and compassionate staff and physicians will guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions and alleviate any concerns.

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Post Bariatric Surgery in NJ

Florham Park 83 Hanover Road, Suite 260 Florham Park, NJ 07932
New York City 635 Madison Ave, 14th Floor New York City , NY 10022
Manahawkin 1100 Route 72 West, 3rd Floor Suite 306A Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Montgomery 700 W Germantown Pike, Suite 200 Montgomery, PA 19401
Marlton 11 Eves Drive, Suite 170 Marlton, NJ 08053

Financing & Insurance

Plastic surgery is an investment. Our dedicated staff is happy to help patientsnavigate insurance coverage and understand the costs and financing of care.

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