Losing an immense amount of weight either through bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise is a significant accomplishment that can bring on a high sense of self-worth. However, significant weight loss often leaves behind other changes in the body, such as excess hanging skin, which can cause a person to feel unattractive. Fortunately, at his practice in San Diego, Dr. Larry Pollack regularly performs post-bariatric procedures. Through this type of plastic surgery, Dr. Pollack is able to provide patients with a body that reflects their healthy lifestyle change.
The best candidates for post-bariatric surgery are individuals in good overall health who have realistic expectations of the procedure. Potential patients should have some or all of the following conditions:
- Excess skin that is permanently stretched
- Multiple folds in the skin
- At or close to their ideal body weight
- Do not smoke
TYPES OF PROCEDURES
Post-bariatric and post-major weight loss surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Pollack offers various procedures to improve the contours of the body for a more attractive appearance.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
An incision is made on the underside of the arm from the armpit to the elbow. After the underlying tissues are tightened, excess skin and fat are removed and the incision is closed.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
After the incisions are made on the breasts, excess skin and tissue are removed, and the breasts are elevated to a more youthful position. A breast augmentation with implants may also be performed with this procedure in order to add volume and fullness to the breasts.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An incision is made below the abdomen, where skin and fat are separated from the abdominal muscles. After the abdominal muscles are tightened to obtain a flat contour, excess skin and fat are removed and the incision is closed.
A thigh lift features different types of incisions to target the inner and outer thighs. To improve the inner thigh, an incision is made in the groin area, where excess skin and fat are removed. For outer thigh improvement, an incision is made from the groin outward around the hip. Also known as a “belt lipectomy,” an outer thigh lift can also improve appearance of the buttocks in the process.
When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the procedure to meet your needs and desires. He will answer any questions you may have and make sure that you completely understand everything about the procedure.
RECOVERY, RISKS, AND RESULTS
Patients are normally very satisfied with the final results of their procedure. Many of them develop a new lease on life and feel more confident about themselves when they finally look as good as they feel. If patients maintain their weight through a regular diet and exercise routine, the results of post-bariatric surgery can be long-lasting.
Although rare, postoperative complications, such as bleeding, infection, and abnormal scarring, can occur. To lower the risk of complications and ensure the most beneficial results, patientsshould be sure to follow Dr. Pollack’s postoperative instructions.
The total expense of post-bariatric surgery depends on the cost of many factors, such as the facility fee, surgeon’s fee, and anesthesia fee. The average cost is usually dependent on which procedures are performed during surgery.
Some insurance companies may cover certain procedures associated with post-bariatric surgery, but insurance does not generally cover weight-loss related plastic surgeries. It is best for patients to contact their insurance provider before undergoing post-bariatric surgery to see which aspects of surgery may be covered.
With more than two decades of experience, Dr. Pollack has more than enough knowledge and skill to perform your post-bariatric surgery. To schedule a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, please call (858) 215-6143 today.