Post bariatric surgery is also called surgery after weight loss surgery. Generally, sagging is inevitable after sleeve gastrectomy surgery. This situation disrupts body aesthetics and body shaping surgery is needed.
According to the needs of the person to shape the body in the post bariatric surgery process; Operations such as belt lipectomy, 360 degree stretching (360 body lift), breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck, arm stretching, leg stretching, butt lift are performed.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Being overweight is both a metabolic and aesthetic problem. It is best to lose excess weight with a healthy diet and exercise; however, this may not always be possible. Today, overweight people can get rid of their excess weight with surgical methods such as “tube stomach surgery”. This surgery is called bariatric surgery or bariatric surgery.
This process, called bariatrics; It covers exercise and diet as well as behavioral, drug and surgical treatments. In the process of bariatric surgery, a part of the stomach is removed or taken out of the digestive system by different methods. Gastric sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most common bariatric surgeries. Bariatric surgery is performed on people who are deemed suitable as a result of the calculation of the body mass index ratio. Bariatric surgery is performed by experienced bariatric surgeons.
What is Post Bariatric Surgery?
As you lose weight after sleeve gastrectomy surgery, sagging begins to occur in the body. The reason for this is that the skin, which expands at a certain level with weight, cannot be restored after losing weight. Especially after sleeve gastrectomy surgery, sagging is inevitable. Post bariatric surgery is the aesthetic surgery performed to shape the body 6 months after the weight loss after bariatric surgery is fixed. Post bariatric surgeries are performed by experienced aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
In Which Areas Do Sagging Occur After Tube Stomach Surgery?
When overweight people lose a large amount of weight, they lose their tissue and skin elasticity; in other words, they are faced with the problem of intense skin sagging. After sleeve gastrectomy surgery, sagging can occur in any part of the body. Generally, the areas where sagging occurs do not differ much between men and women. The happiness experienced with the loss of excess weight is sometimes overshadowed by these sagging problems. After bariatric surgery, the places where sagging is seen after weight loss starts; arms, chest, abdomen, back and inner legs. This sagging problem makes people very unhappy; However, it is possible to eliminate these sagging problems and reshape the body with post bariatric surgery.
Why Body Shaping Surgery Should Be Performed With Post Bariatric Surgery?
Sagging is a common problem after losing weight. E.g; With a lot of weight gain and then rapid weight loss, sagging of the abdomen in the body becomes inevitable. Intense deformation is seen especially in the lower belly area. With the relaxation of the upper leg sides, inner leg, waist and hip muscles, skin sagging is experienced in these areas. In short, after a large amount of weight loss, almost in the whole body; In other words, an intense skin sagging occurs in the abdomen, waist, buttocks, thighs and arms.
This skin sagging, which occurs after the removal of fat in the body, makes the person very uncomfortable. Body shaping with post bariatric surgery is an ideal operation for people who do not like their physical appearance due to intense sagging and isolate themselves from social life. With this operation, after body shaping, the person gets tighter and aesthetic body lines.
How is Body Shaping Performed with Post Bariatric Surgery?
Post bariatric surgery and body shaping surgeries are a surgery that eliminates the intense sagging problems that occur after great weight loss. With post bariatric surgery, skin sagging problems in areas where the person has more than one problem are eliminated with different surgical techniques. First of all, the general health status of the person is evaluated and the areas that need surgical touches are determined to provide body aesthetics. After bariatric surgery, body shaping surgeries called post bariatric surgery are performed when the person is physically and mentally ready.
With post bariatric surgery, the body shaping process is planned individually. In the post-bariatric surgery process, aesthetic surgeries are performed in a specific system and timing process. The difference of this operation from tummy tuck or breast lift is that it is a part of the operations performed after weight loss. In short, when performing tummy tuck surgery, future leg stretching should also be taken into account, or breast lift surgery should be integrated with arm lift surgery.
In other words, all stages should be planned in the first place for the final result desired to be achieved and all surgeries should include the right steps for this purpose. Sagging after sleeve gastrectomy; that is, although it is determined by the degree of deformities, post bariatric surgery often requires 2 or 3 operations with a certain time between them. Generally, a period of 6 months is expected between surgeries. Aesthetic sutures are used in post bariatric surgery and body shaping surgeries. Depending on the type of operation, each operation takes 3-5 hours.
What are Body Shaping Surgeries Performed with Post Bariatric Surgery?
In the post bariatric surgery process, the most aesthetic and most symmetrical appearance is aimed without deteriorating the structure of the body as a whole. In this process, sagging skin and excess fat in the body are removed. Body contouring provides a well-contoured body line. If the body fat rate is high, excess fat is removed from the necessary areas by liposuction.
Post bariatric surgery is performed under general anesthesia. In the post bariatric surgery process, all or some of the operations such as belt lipectomy, also known as 360 degree stretching (360 body lift), breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck, arm stretching, leg stretching, butt lift, are performed sequentially, depending on the needs of the person.
Breast Lift and Augmentation Surgery
Due to weight loss after bariatric surgery, the breast area may lose its volume and sag. With post bariatric surgery, it is aimed to lift the breast, give volume to the breast and bring the breast to the place it should be in the rib cage during the body shaping process. Breast silicone prostheses or one’s own fat tissue can be used for breast augmentation. The treatment process is determined according to the condition of the person. With breast lift surgery, skin sagging in the breast is removed and body aesthetics is provided.
Especially after sleeve gastrectomy, sagging occurs most rapidly in the abdominal region. In this case, tummy tuck surgery is performed for body shaping. Abdominoplasty is performed with incisions made 7-10 cm below the navel, depending on the physical condition of the person. During tummy tuck surgery, sagging skin in the abdomen and excess fat are removed from the body and body aesthetics is provided. The abdominal skin is stretched from top to bottom and the surgical process is completed. This surgery also provides a slimming effect in the lumbar region.
Weight loss after bariatric surgery can cause a problem called “bat arm” deformity in the arms. In this case, arm stretching surgery is also performed and body shaping is provided with post bariatric surgery. Arm lift is the process of removing excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow and giving the remaining skin a tighter appearance. If there is excessive skin sagging in the arm area, the excess skin is removed with arm lift surgery and the incision is closed with a thin aesthetic suture. Depending on the condition of the person, a combined treatment can be provided by performing liposuction before arm lift surgery. Arm lift surgery scars are hidden in certain areas according to the surgical technique.
One of the body shaping operations with post bariatric surgery is leg stretching operation. In leg stretching surgery, excess fat and skin sagging in the leg are removed to provide an aesthetic appearance. With leg lift surgery, sagging skin is recovered and body aesthetics is provided. In leg lift surgery, a vertical incision is made from the groin line to the midsection of the leg, and the excess skin is removed from this incision. With this incision, the inner surface of the leg is stretched by pulling the skin upwards. In some people, sagging skin in the leg area is only in the groin area. In this case, skin sagging is removed with an incision hidden in the bikini area.
In the butt area, as in other areas, sagging problems can be seen with weight loss after bariatric surgery. With the butt lift surgery, the excess skin on the upper part of the butt is removed and the sagging skin is removed. With this surgery, the butt is pulled upwards. If there is volume loss in addition to sagging in the butt area; Butt lift effect is supported by butt implant or injection methods with one’s own fat and body aesthetics is provided.
360 Degree Body Lift (360 Body Lift)
360 degree body lift (360 body lift), also known as belt lipectomy, involves the process of performing tummy tuck and butt lift operations together. In the 360 body lift operation, in order to remove sagging in the abdomen, waist and back region, upwards in the form of wearing trousers for the lower half of the body; For the upper half, a downward stretch is provided in the form of wearing a sweater. Belt lipectomy, also known as 360 body lift, is a common operation in the body shaping process with post bariatric surgery. Belt lipectomy surgery is a body aesthetic that removes sagging in the body with 360-degree body stretching.
Before and After Post Bariatric Surgery
- Before the surgery, talk to your doctor about all your expectations and wishes from this surgery.
- Problem areas where you experience sagging skin are determined by physical examination before body shaping surgery .
- Before the surgery, the necessary analysis and examination procedures are performed.
- Inform your doctor of all medications and vitamin supplements you use before post bariatric surgery.
- If you are a smoker, it is recommended to quit smoking approximately 3 weeks before the surgery.
- Post-bariatric surgery and body shaping operations require 1-2 days of hospitalization.
- It is recommended to rest at home for 7 days after the surgery . You can then return to your work and social life.
- After body shaping with post bariatric surgery, you need to wear special corsets for the surgical areas. These corsets should generally be used for 1-2 months after body shaping is achieved.
- Due to body shaping , there may be mild pain for a few days after the operation. Painkillers will be prescribed for you by your doctor for these pains.
- Do not lift heavy for 1-2 months after body shaping surgeries with post bariatric surgery .
- After body shaping surgery, sports activities can be started at the end of 1 month.