Bariatric surgery most commonly consists of either lap banding procedure or gastric by-pass. This surgery can be very successful in helping individuals lose a great deal of weight.
Frequently, however, after this weight loss the patient is left with a great deal of redundant hanging extra skin which can only be improved by removing it surgically. This surgery can consist of simply a “panniculectomy” in which overhanging skin in the lower abdomen is removed to a more complicated operation such as a lower body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift (with or without implants) or a facelift.
These operations can be complicated and frequently will need to be “staged” in which 1 or 2 procedures are done at a time on each particular area of the body.
- Post bariatric surgery is generally very successful in removing excess skin at the price of lengthy incisions.
- These can be complicated operations and all patients must be aware of potential problems and limitations of each procedure.
- While sometimes health insurance will pay for some of these procedures (especially panniculectomy) frequently they are not covered by insurance.