Post-Bariatric Body Surgery

Following dramatic weight loss, patients are usually left with a large amount of excess skin in several areas. These areas may include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, and arms. More often than not, these areas of excess skin do not respond to exercise and may create functional and cosmetic concerns. Some symptoms associated with excess skin following weight loss are:

While traditional plastic surgery procedures, such as tummy tuck, can help with excess skin in the abdomen, additional procedures, such as a lower body lift and buttock lift, may be required to achieve desired results following weight loss. In post-bariatric weight loss patients, the upper arm lift and thigh lift are relatively similar in technique and principle. These procedures are typically performed to address sagging skin on the arms and legs. Both procedures may be done with other skin tightening procedures and liposuction to achieve a “full body” makeover and to optimize recovery time.

Your Post-Bariatric Body Procedure

Dr. Ramin Behmand will make an incision on the inside surface of the upper arm or leg and tighten up the skin and deeper tissues before removing the excess skin and closing the incision. The lower body lift scar typically extends a tummy tuck incision around the body to allow lifting of the buttocks, front, and side of the thighs, and maximally defining the waistline. You will have a scar following your lift procedure; however, this scar is placed in such a way that it is not generally obvious during regular activity. Your scars will fade in time, but not completely. Most weight-loss patients are so pleased with the improved skin tightness and contour that the scar is not a significant concern to them.

Recovery Following Your Post-Bariatric Body Surgery

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Recovery from most post-bariatric body contouring procedures requires you to take at least two weeks off from work. You must take this time to rest and follow all post-operative instructions, which will be provided to you before surgery. You will be asked to refrain from strenuous activity for approximately 6 weeks; this activity includes heavy lifting, running, working out, strenuous housework, and anything else that will increase your heart rate or compromise your recovery.

We congratulate you on the extraordinary achievement of your dramatic weight loss. If you are thrilled with your weight loss, but you are still feeling the need for that final improvement to your body makeover, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Behmand. We look forward to guiding you through this exciting process and helping you to complete your body transformation.


“Every time I take a shower and I can actually see my feet, I thank you. And when I put on a shirt I would have never dared to wear before, I thank you. When I wear a loose nightgown and I don’t hear the sound of my arms flapping against my sides, I thank you. But most of all, I thank you for your kindness, your compassion, your calmness, and your genuine sense of caring.”


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