Post-Bariatric Contouring

Bariatric surgery can have significant, even life-saving, health benefits for patients suffering with obesity. Statistics have shown that, in many cases, serious or life-threatening weight-related health conditions significantly improve or resolve entirely after a bariatric procedure. Patients look and feel better and have higher self-esteem and better quality of life after they shed the excess pounds.

However, rapid, massive weight loss can also have cosmetic consequences, one of which is loose hanging skin on the body. In patients who were once many pounds heavier, the skin has been stretched to its maximum limit and lost its elasticity. At Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Christopher Schaffer performs post-bariatric contouring to create smoother body contours and a normal appearance of the skin.

What Is Post-Bariatric Contouring?

Body contouring after major weight loss is a combination of surgical procedures performed to improve the shape of underlying support tissues and remove excess fat deposits and sagging skin. The result is smoother contours and more pleasing body proportions.

Dr. Schaffer can custom-tailor a post-bariatric contouring plan specifically for you. Depending on your unique needs, procedures in your treatment plan may include:

  • Arm lift: This surgery is performed to correct sagging in the upper arms, which is common after major weight loss.
  • Upper body lift: A combination of procedures can be performed to lift the upper body, which may include breast lift, male breast reduction, upper arm lift or liposuction to remove fat rolls along the back.
  • Medial thigh lift: This procedure is performed to reduce excess fat and skin on the upper portion of the inner thighs.
  • Lateral thigh lift: This involves removal of excess skin on the outer thighs and may include liposuction to remove excess fat.
  • Lower body lift: Various procedures can correct sagging in the buttocks, abdomen and inner and outer thighs.

This has been something I've wanted since I was a little girl. Dr. Schaffer has made me a very happy lady. I truly love my new body!

Mary P.

I currently live in GA, and wanted to have my "mommy makeover". I was going to go to Dr. Diaco until I came on this website and saw that someone else was going to go to him, and ended up going to Dr.Schaffer. So I researched him, went to a consultation, and went with the best doctor there is for ANY SURGERY, Dr.Schaffer! He was so nice, and so concerned about what you wanted to be done, and made sure that all of your questions were answered. His staff was amazing, and the whole experience really just changed my life. Since I live in GA, I traveled down to Tampa, FL where he worked with me on appts. and arranged the surgery and everything so I wasn't making 5,000 trips! The day after my surgery, I had an appt with him first thing in the AM. The girl that was with me to drive me there, was not familiar with Tampa and had never been there. So Dr.Schaffer, on his own, went out of his way, and came to my hotel room!! It helped me and the girl with me out sooo much, words could not explain. He always followed up with me on the phone and made sure I knew all the directions on how to care for my wounds and etc. I really owe it to him, he has changed my life, and my results are amazing!! My stomach is flatter now than what it was before kids, and my breasts look so real, and amazing. If you are tossing up between doctors, or worried about prices, please trust me and at least have a consultation with him!! Once you do that, you'll know he is the one!! He is awesome, and nobody out there can beat him! That's a promise!

Bubbas A.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Post-Bariatric Contouring

If you have lost a substantial amount of weight with the assistance of bariatric surgery and now have stretched tissues and excess skin masking your results, body contouring may be recommended to put the final touches on the transformation.

You may be a good candidate for post-bariatric body contouring if:

  • Your general health is good
  • Your weight loss has fully stabilized
  • Massive weight loss has left you with excess drooping tissue throughout the body or in isolated areas

To find out if you are a good candidate for this surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Schaffer at Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham. If the treatment is appropriate, after a thorough review of your medical history, evaluation of your anatomy and discussion of your cosmetic goals, Dr. Schaffer can design an individual treatment plan for you.