Bariplastic surgery (body contouring) can play an important part in
returning a patient to their desired physical condition. Body
contouring, following bariatric surgery, eliminates excess skin that many are left with post-surgery.
While weight loss surgery can have a dramatic improvement on the
patient's overall health, increase the person's ability to be active,
and decrease the need for medication; excess skin, rashes and scars can
This procedure can have positive affects on the patient, including:
- renewed self confidence
- better looking figure
- restoring overall function and form
Body Contouring Procedures Offered
A panniculectomy is the most common procedure done after massive
weight loss. It involves removal of the extra skin and fat from the
lower abdomen. The removal of the extra skin and fat has a positive
affect on the patient, including improvement in lower back discomfort
and the elimination of a recurring rash underneath the excess skin.
Beaumont doctors are able to close an incision in a way that reduces
scarring. The operation is performed under a general anesthetic and
usually requires 1-2 hours. Insurance carriers may provide coverage for
this operation if there is documentation of need.
An abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck,
involves the elevation of the skin and fatty tissue up to the ribs as
well as the internal tightening of the abdominal wall. The surgery
typically requires about 3 hours. This additional component is
considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance carriers.
As with all surgeries, complications are possible for both a
panniculectomy and an abdominoplasty. Patients with higher BMI (Body
Mass Index) generally are at a slightly higher risk for complications
then lighter patients. A full recovery back to normal activity typically
requires 6-8 weeks.
Beaumont also offers a variety of other bariplastic procedures including:
- thigh lift
- circumferential body lift
- breast lift
- arm lift
- neck and/or face lift
- liposuction, ultrasonic, tumescent fluid and traditional
- implants and fat injections