If you made the life-changing decision to have bariatric surgery, congratulations! Hopefully you have lost the weight you wanted, you feel better and most importantly, you are healthier.
The changes that accompany weight loss are, for the most part, positive. But saggy skin is a concern for many bariatric surgery patients. It may affect skin hygiene, comfort and self-confidence. It may also be a daily reminder of your former self.
Everyone is different, making it hard to predict how each body will look after bariatric surgery. How your body looks following a large weight loss is directly related to the elasticity of your skin. Skin in regions of your body that are most stretched tend to be less elastic and, therefore, loose and saggy.
Any part of the body can be affected by loose skin. The most common area of concern is the belly and the fold of skin in front of the abdomen called a “pannus.” In addition to preventing clothes from fitting well, a pannus can cause skin irritation and can interfere with exercise and normal activities.
Dr. Steinbacher offers a body contouring surgical procedure called a Body Lift — the best solution to sagging skin following bariatric weight loss surgery. During body lift surgery, an incision is made along the abdomen and excess belly skin is removed. The buttocks, hips, thighs, and arms can also be lifted with the same procedure. Liposuction is usually done to remove pockets of fat, and a buttock augmentation may also be done.
For optimal results, consider a body lift when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and your weight has been stable for at least three months. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight and engaging in a good exercise program are vital to the success of both your bariatric surgery and your body lift.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!