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Post Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery patients often lose dramatic amounts of weight; two thirds to three quarters of their excess weight is not unusual. Such significant weight loss in a short period of time can result in hanging excess skin. The outer skin sometimes does not retain the elastic qualities needed to “shrink back down” to the body’s new shape. Coastal Center for Obesity patients can choose from several procedures to reshape the tummy, arms, legs and thighs. Procedures including circumferential body lifts, abdominoplasty, arm and leg lifts are available.


Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck," is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, which depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.

Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy, although results from the procedure will diminish if they continue to bear children. Partial and complete tummy tucks are performed on an outpatient basis and can be done under general anesthesia. Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, while partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two. Recovery time usually ranges from two to four weeks. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Abdominoplasty will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, although it should be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it.

Body Lift

An integral treatment for the bariatric patient, used to achieve satisfactory results in the lower body by removing excess skin after weight loss. In this surgery we enhance the abdomen dramatically. The back is tonified with liposuction and by removing extra skin. All these allow a drastic lifting of the tight and butt skin contouring the muscles with the most advanced and up-to-date techniques.

The Lower Body Lift is the most frequent operation after Bariatric Surgery, this procedure serves three main purposes:

1. To remove excess fat.
2. To remove excess skin above and beneath the umbilicus.
3. To repair over-distended muscles resulting from pregnancy or excess pressure put on the muscles by body fat before weight loss.

The scar resulting from the abdominoplasty is situated very low, just above the pubis, extending slightly on either side , and can be hidden in a swimsuit or underwear.

A Full Body Lift involves the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs being lifted all at the same time. The scar is placed low enough to allow it to be hidden by a swimsuit. The results are very spectacular.

More Information please contact our Plastic Surgery Affiliate:

Dr. Jacob Haiavy, M.D.
Surgical Arts of Inland Empire
8680 Monroe Court, Suite #100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Tel. (909) 579-3111