Very often, when people speak of post bariatric body contouring, they speak in reference to the post bariatric weight loss individuals. After considerable weight loss, either by virtue of a dieting procedure or a bariatric surgery, most patients have excess and overlapping skin.
This excess skin may rub against each other thus creating an irritation which may lead to skin infections, especially within skin creases and this may be cosmetically unappealing such that it becomes difficult to fit into clothes.
What post bariatric body contouring is
Even after significant loss of weight, many patients may have residual stubborn deposits of fat in certain problematic areas that just won’t go away. It is therefore common that patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, particularly those who have lost above 100 Ibs to often develop unattractive deflated skin in many areas of the body including the face, breasts, arms, thighs and abdomen.
The above effects are sometimes considered effects of surgeries that involve restriction of food to the stomach; this restriction can have several undesirable effects such as loose, hanging skin all through the body. This is because the previous weight which may be about hundreds of pounds may have stretched the patient’s skin to its maximum thus losing its elasticity.
The newly slimmed-down individual is now confronted with layers of extra hanging skin with an overhanging panniculus which is a large mass of skin hanging from the stomach.
Effects in most affected areas include: sagging of and loose appearance of the upper arms, flattening of breasts with nipples hanging and pointing downward, the abdominal area may extend through the sides into the lower back thus forming an apron-like overhang, the buttocks, groin and thighs may become saggy and cause hanging pockets of skin.
How body contouring helps
Post bariatric body contouring is therefore a procedure following massive weight loss and performed by plastic surgeons to get rid of and or reduce excess post bariatric surgery.
Body contouring surgery is considered a rapidly evolving aspect of plastic surgery which is fuelled by the increasing growth of successful cases of bariatric surgery and this subspecialty of body contouring is seen to have expanded to include new procedures for tending to redundant skin in all areas of the body.
Body contouring remains a field of plastic surgery responsible for the procedures that address areas of excess skin and or fat, it improves the tone and shape of underlying tissue and eliminates the excess sagging skin and fat thus giving smoother body contours and a normal appearance.
These procedures can also be performed in normal patients whose loses are due to dieting and exercise, besides being applicable to patients who lost weight after a bariatric surgery.