Achieving significant weight loss is an impressive accomplishment. However, individuals who undergo dramatic weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, often discover that achieving their weight loss goal leads to unexpected excess and loose skin in various body areas. In addition to his training and extensive involvement in many medical and surgical organizations, Dr. Ramin Behmand is also an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons. He frequently performs secondary surgical procedures for his post-bariatric and massive weight-loss patients. These procedures include arm lift, breast lift, lower body lift, tummy tuck, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and more.

When you visit our office for your initial consultation, Dr. Behmand will review your weight loss and medical history. During this appointment, he will discuss your main goals and customize a surgical treatment specific to your needs.

Post Bariatric Procedures FAQ’s

Should I be at my ultimate goal weight before having a post-bariatric procedure? It is ideal to be at your ultimate goal, or at least within 10–15 pounds of your goal weight. Which procedures typically comprise post-bariatric surgery? Post-bariatric procedures can include an abdominoplasty, lower body lift, liposuction, brachioplasty (arm lift surgery), breast augmentation, mastopexy (breast lift), or breast reduction. Some patients will even address facial procedures if they have a loss of facial volume or excess facial skin after their weight loss.

Will my post-bariatric surgery be painful?
As with most procedures, you will experience some discomfort for the first few days following surgery. Prescription medications, or long-acting local anesthetics used during the procedure, manage the discomfort, and any residual pain after the procedure.
Will insurance cover a post-bariatric procedure?
Insurance does not cover elective procedures, such as post-bariatric surgery. In rare circumstances, insurance might cover the removal of excess skin of the abdomen if you are experiencing rashes and discomfort. This is not an abdominoplasty, but rather the removal of the portion of skin which is causing the rash or functional problems. If your insurance covers it, Dr. Behmand will usually combine it with a cosmetic abdominoplasty for best results. However, the abdominoplasty itself will not be covered by insurance. Still, a small portion of the anesthesia and surgery center fees could be covered for the removal of excess skin.
How long should I wait after gastric bypass surgery to have a post-bariatric procedure?
The timing varies for each patient and is sometimes dependent on your final weight loss goal. In most circumstances, patients will wait at least 1 year after their gastric bypass procedure to reach a stable weight.
How much will a post-bariatric procedure cost?
Since a post-bariatric procedure can include a combination of many procedures, we will not know your cost until you have an initial consultation with Dr. Behmand. He will evaluate you to address your concerns, and come up with a treatment plan that can achieve the best possible results. After your consultation, you will be provided with a comprehensive quote, which includes surgical fees, surgery center costs, and anesthesia.
Will a post-bariatric procedure involve an overnight stay in the surgery center?
Some patients might require an overnight stay. This will be determined by Dr. Behmand during your initial consultation.

Below, you will find links to guide you in learning more about the post-bariatric surgical procedures offered at our office. We encourage you to read further and contact our office with questions and to schedule your initial consultation.

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