Post Bariatric Surgery and Body Shaping

What is Post Bariatric Surgery?

Patients with a Body Mass Index of 40 and above are evaluated in the ‘Morbid Obese’ class. Since obesity is life-threatening in these people, various surgical and medical methods are used to lose weight. Especially after ‘Sleeve Gastrectomy’, patients experience weight loss of 60-70 kilos, and after such a volume loss, sagging occurs in every part of the body.

In any case, the surgical treatment of sagging and loosening in the body after excessive weight loss is called ‘Post Bariatric Surgery’. Post bariatric surgery includes operations such as belt lipectomy, arm stretching, thigh and leg stretching, and breast stretching.

What is Belt Lipectomy?

Significant sagging and skin sagging in the body after excessive weight loss cause significant problems. Along with the abdominal skin, sagging occurs in the back, hips, side and back waist areas. Surgical treatment of these saggings on the trunk is done with ‘Belt Lipectomy’. Belt lipectomy; just as by removing the excess and sagging tissues in the form of a belt that wraps around the waist, it allows the anterior face of the abdomen and the back to be stretched downwards, and the hips to be lifted up while at the same time gaining volume.

How is Belt Lipectomy Surgery Performed?

Belt lipectomy is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 4 hours. First of all, excess skin and subcutaneous tissue in the waist and back are removed. At this stage, if the melting of the hips is evident; A significant increase in volume can be achieved by burying the tissues planned to be removed from the waist area under the hip. In the following stage, a classical tummy tuck is performed by placing the patient on his back. Depending on the degree of skin sagging on the trunk and thighs, different variations can be added to this operation.

What Is The Recovery Process After Belt Lipectomy?

The patient should be followed up in the hospital for 3 days after the operation. In the early period, the patient can move and meet his own needs. After the operation, it is recommended that the patient use a special bandage for 3 weeks and use shaping corsets for 6 weeks. During the recovery period, nutrition with a high protein diet significantly increases the healing process. The scars due to the incisions wrap around the waist like a belt and remain under the underwear. With a good trace care, an appearance that will not disturb the person can be obtained.

What is Thigh Lift?

Significant sagging of the thigh skin to the sides and downwards may occur due to excessive weight loss or loss of skin elasticity. In order to remove these sagging patients, ‘Thigh Lift Surgery’ is performed. Thigh lift surgeries can be combined with liposuction to thin the legs.

How is Thigh Lift Surgery Performed? How is the Healing Process?

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 3 hours. In this surgery, it is performed by removing excess skin and subcutaneous tissue with incisions on the inner surface of the thigh and along the groin line. Thus, both the potholes to the sides and the sagging downwards are eliminated. It is sufficient to follow the patient in the hospital for 2 days. It is recommended to use corsets in the form of tights for 4-6 weeks after discharge. In the healing process, scar care must be done absolutely.

What is Arm Lift?

Significant sagging of the arm skin to the sides and downwards may occur due to excessive weight loss or loss of skin elasticity. In order to remove these sagging patients, ‘Arm Lift Surgery’ is performed. Arm lift surgeries can be combined with liposuction to thin the arms.

How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed? How is the Healing Process?

Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1.5 hours. In this surgery, it is performed by removing excess skin and subcutaneous tissue with incisions extending along the inner face of the arm and along the armpit line. Thus, both the potholes to the sides and the sagging downwards are eliminated. It is sufficient to follow the patient in the hospital for 1 day. It is recommended to use armband-style corsets extending from the shoulder to the elbow for 4-6 weeks after discharge. In the healing process, scar care must be done absolutely.

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