Body Lift Procedures Post Bariatric Surgery

The Vitality Fountain Clinic, located at the prestigious 14 Riverside Drive is a state of the art clinic for plastic surgery, cosmetic medicine and advanced skin health.
We are in the forefront of the latest findings and surgical techniques involved with post-weight loss issues.
Dr. Tilman Stasch, an internationally qualified Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with over 15 years’ international experience has pioneered techniques and safety measures to reshape the body and remove excessive amounts of tissue and skin that can occur following massive weight loss.
Losing a tremendous amount of weight is a life-changing experience and a step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle however the excess and sagging skin after weight loss can keep you from enjoying and some patients may require body contouring procedures to address the excess skin and fatty tissues that remain post weight loss.
You are likely a good candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss if:

  • Your weight is stable.
  • You’re in good health.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for the results.
  • You are committed to proper nutrition, fitness, and an overall healthy lifestyle.

The types of plastic surgery procedures needed after losing a significant amount of weight depend on the patient and can include.

Abdominiplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. This is an operation normally aimed to remove the excess skin, fat and tissue from the lower part of the abdomen. There are a variety of tummy tuck procedures available and they are tailored to suit a patient’s wishes and needs.
Generally speaking Tummy Tucks are commonly carried out to remove excess skin after substantial weight loss, unwanted scars, stretch marks or excess fat. Tummy Tuck is not an operation for people who are overweight, or a weight loss tool. However, in appropriate patients who have already lost some weight, an abdominoplasty can have a life-changing effect and is, in our experience, associated with high patient satisfaction, enabling a healthier lifestyle.

Breast Lift

Many female Patients are bothered by sagging breast following weight loss. Breast lift usually can solve these problems by improving the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast lift, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better, and you will see a more natural and youthful projection of your breasts.

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from your breast lift surgery. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. There are a number of different techniques used to perform a breast lift, depending on the size, amount of ptosis and your expectations of the results. In almost all cases of breast lift, a method is used to reduce the amount of scarring.

Facial Rejuvenation

A face-lift (also sometimes known as a rhytidectomy) is a rejuvenation procedure that is performed to restore a patient’s face and neck area to a more youthful looking, but natural version, of themselves.
A „droopy“ face and „turkey“ neck come about from massive weight loss and patients are particularly dissatisfied with their post bariatric face and neck because they cannot hide this area with clothing.
Cosmetic facelift surgery can usually correct these problems, though a combination of treatments may need to be considered. If the upper eyelids are sagging, then an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) may be recommended. If the tear troughs are very deep, a facelift can very well be combined with a lower blepharoplasty. Smoothing of crow’s feet around the eyes may be accomplished with botulinumtoxin, microneedling or laser resurfacing procedures. Lipofilling is also very useful if the face has lost some volume, where injection of the patient’s own fat will be used in combination with the facelift, or at a later stage, to smoothen the contour, increase the fullness of the face and improve the complexion of the skin.

Arm-Lift

Arm lift surgery is also known as brachioplasty. The operation can remove excess skin and fat, leaving the upper arms with a slimmer, more pleasing and youthful contour. Brachioplasty, or upper arm reduction surgery, involves reducing this skin through an incision that runs on the inner part of the upper arm all the way from the elbow to the axilla, often crossing into the arm pit.
An upper arm lift procedure can then add considerably to your daily comfort and improve your appearance. There are a number of different techniques used to treat the problems with the upper arms depending on the distribution of the fatty tissue and skin quality.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
After losing a lot of weight, patients often find they have loose skin and stubborn fat on their inner thighs. The loose skin can cause painful rubbing and irritation, and can have great influence over how you look and feel when going about your normal daily activities. After losing the weight, it makes sense to consider a thigh lift.
This surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. You are a good candidate for thigh lift if:

  • there is excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh
  • you are healthy, do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • your weight is stable
  • you don`t smoke
  • you have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish

In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.

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