Post weight loss surgery is for individuals who have lost large amounts of weight through traditional diet and exercise and for those who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery procedures such as gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding. Often this patients experience drooping, excess skin folds and pockets of fat in many areas of the body. This can not only diminish a patient’s self-confidence, but can also cause skin infections and problems with hygiene. Post-bariatric surgery and after-weight loss surgery involve procedures designed to eliminate these areas of excess fat and loose skin for a more contoured appearance. While adapting a more healthy diet and a steady exercise regimen are standard parts of the post-bariatric surgery process, cosmetic enhancement procedures can go a long way in helping you attain a tighter, fit-looking physique.
Dr. Zuckerman will meet with you in an initial consultation and go over all aspects of post-bariatric surgery procedures with you. He will work with you to develop an ideal plan based on your aesthetic enhancement priorities. We can also answer your questions regarding insurance coverage and financing options available for procedures you are considering. Please contact Dr. Zuckerman’s offices to schedule a consultation. Dr. Zuckerman’s expert post-weight loss patient coordinator will assist you with your needs throughout the treatment process.
Body Lift Procedures
After-weight loss procedures can involve a number of procedures designed to provide more defined contours and tighter skin to your body. Many of these options can be combined for a total or partial body lift. Dr. Zuckerman offers phased surgery treatment programs that will address a variety of body areas with surgical procedures performed in stages. He will discuss the details of our programs with you during your initial consultation. Major procedures include:
Lower body lift (Torso lift)
A lower body lift involves removing excess fat and skin from the area of the midsection. These areas can include the buttocks, hips, love handles, abdomen, and thighs. Excess fat is eliminated and the remaining skin pulled taut for a tighter, fit appearance.
Lower body lift procedures involve an incision made around the belt-line and across the lower part of the stomach, down to the inner thighs. Dr. Zuckerman will remove extra skin and excess fat, and tighten the remaining skin for a smoother, more toned aesthetic.
Upper body lift
An upper body lift focuses on the arms, back, and breasts. Excess fat and skin folds are eliminated in these areas and the remaining skin is sculpted to achieve a firmer aesthetic. The upper body lift can be combined with a lower body lift for a complete body contouring makeover.
This procedure involves a number of smaller procedures, such as the breast lift and arm lift, performed in combination to achieve more complete skin tightening and elimination of excess skin folds and fat deposits in the upper regions of the body.
Patients should also be aware that there will be scarring after body lift procedures; however, scars typically lighten over time and become less noticeable. Dr. Zuckerman is one of the most experienced in the New York region. He is highly skilled and adept at making scars from surgical procedures as discreet and easily hidden as possible.
One of the areas of the body that can be particularly affected by significant weight loss is the lower stomach. Excess skin that hangs below the belt line is referred to as the pannus, and can be so severe that it can often cause skin ulcers, rashes, back pain, and problems maintaining hygiene. This condition can also make it difficult to walk and even stand. Dr. Zuckerman can perform a panniculectomy to get rid of the excess skin and fat that causes the pannus to form.
Dr. Zuckerman will remove the excess through two incisions made in the lower abdominal region and the pubic area. The remaining skin will be pulled taut. A panniculectomy typically takes about three to four hours to complete.
Other Body Lift and Contouring Procedures
A number of procedures for body contouring are available that focus on specific areas. These can be performed one at a time, or in combination for those who are candidates for body lift surgery. They include:
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Breast Augmentation with Implants
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Depending on the extent of your surgery, some post-weight loss procedures can be performed in the operating room at Dr. Zuckerman’s midtown Manhattan facility. Dr. Zuckerman also has privileges at major hospitals in New York City including Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
Dr. Zuckerman’s patient coordinator will be here to help you through the process of post-weight loss surgical procedures. They can assist you with insurance coverage, financing information and many other aspects of pre- and post-operative surgery. Dr. Zuckerman and his team are committed to helping you realize your ultimate weight loss goals. As part of our program, we can connect you with previous patients who can help you through your decision-making process and continue down the road to better health and an improved appearance.
Dr. Zuckerman partners with leading bariatric surgeons, nutritionists, physical trainers, and psychologists in the region to help create life change. We also offer free seminars to discuss the range of post-weight surgery options available to you.
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