Houston Body Lift Surgery Post Gastric Bypass

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Areas Near Houston & Sugar Land, TX

Aug 15, 2011

Gastric bypass surgery has literally saved the lives of patients who were unable to lose their excess weight by traditional means like diet and exercise. While the results of this surgery can aid in losing 100 or more pounds and provide the patient with a renewed sense of self and energy, it usually leaves the patient with a large amount of unwanted, excess skin under the arms, in the abdomen, and on the legs. If this excess, loose skin is significant enough it can affect the patient’s joy of accomplishment from weight loss. That is why most of the reputable bariatric surgery centers also provide their patients with information on Houston plastic surgeons that can perform body lift surgery and other plastic surgery procedures to minimize the appearance of the excess skin. Patients seeking body lift surgery following gastric bypass should postpone body lift surgery until their weight reaches a stable point. Most patients in this category are troubled most by excess, loose skin under the arms in the triceps region, as this may prevent them from wearing short sleeve or sleeveless apparel. While plastic surgeons can effectively remove excess skin under the arms, patients need to be aware that they are essentially trading the excess skin for scars that run the length of the arms. This is not to say that the scars will not heal and become less noticeable over time, but there will always be some degree of scarring, and the plastic surgeon makes every effort to hide the scars between the underside of the arms and the point where the arms rest against the trunk of the body so that they are less noticeable. The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center in Houston routinely assists patients following weight loss, and Dr. Michael Eisemann has over 30 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery.