Post Bariatric Surgery by Dr. Michael Wolfeld New York & New Jersey
Following bariatric surgery (gastric bypass surgery or lap band surgery) and the weight loss that follows, patients are left with enormous amounts of skin and soft-tissue excess that needs to be tailored just like a suit of clothes. Losing large amounts of weight can be the most exciting adventure of a person's life. But because the excess skin does not go away when the weight goes away, patients are often distressed at the excess skin that remains. The person who just lost weight feels great about him or herself, but Dr. Wolfeld understands that the sagging folds of extra skin can interfere with their excitement.
The goal of plastic surgery after large weight loss is not just about removing excess skin; but Dr. Wolfeld, a plastic surgeon skilled at contouring the body after a significant weight loss, also molds the affected areas of the body, creating the most attractive contours possible. As Dr. Wolfeld rids the body of the excess skin, he sculpts the body at the same time through a process called body contouring, tightening up muscles which have gone lax due to the overweight burden (especially in the abdomen) and re-adjusting contours (such as breasts) where appropriate.
Using advanced state-of-the-art techniques with weight loss patients, Dr. Wolfeld works closely with the patient, performing a series of procedures to contour the body and tighten the skin and underlying muscles. Post weight loss surgery is often necessary because while the body was overweight the skin grew bigger and also stretched to accommodate the extra weight, especially if the person has been overweight since childhood when more skin cells formed to accommodate the weight. When the weight is lost, the skin stays as big as it always was, but there's nothing inside it to fill it out. So therefore, the skin on your body sags.
For each bariatric there are multiple plastic surgery procedures that may be performed, transforming the patient from head to toe. These surgeries include:
Even for the morbidly obese who do not choose the route of bariatric surgery, there are procedures to help shape and tailor their tissues making life and hygiene better and simpler including:
Dr. Wolfeld performs these post-weight loss cosmetic surgeries either separately or in combination. Depending on the amount of weight loss and the desired results, body contouring following significant weight loss may require more than one surgery to reach your goal, and is often done in stages with the areas of greatest concern being addressed first. Some procedures may be combined with liposuction to gain further contouring of the body.
For more information on any procedure, you may call 212-281-1000 or to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Wolfeld will be happy to answer all of your questions and tailor a surgical plan best suited for your individual body and expectations.