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Post Bariatric Body Contouring

Published on March 30, 2010 by

Post Bariatric Surgery PhoenixPatients seek the expertise and skill of Phoenix Plastic Surgeons and Scottsdale Plastic Surgeons when choosing post bariatric body contouring surgery.

Like many bariatric patients, Andrea lost a hundred and twenty pounds after having gastric bypass surgery.

She incorporated a healthy diet and worked out on a regular basis, and for the most part, was elated with her results, except for one thing…the saggy skin hanging on her lower abdomen. No matter how much she exercised, this flap of skin was not going to go away.

In many ways, this took the joy out of the progress she had made and she began to focus on the negative aspects of her new body contour.

No matter what your age, patients who have undergone bariatric surgery such as laparoscopic gastric band or gastric bypass often lose excessive amounts of weight and have extra skin which hangs uncomfortably. This overhanging or draping skin can cause discomfort, embarrassment, rashes and hygiene problems.

Morgan Cooper, Bariatric Program Director at Arizona Weight Loss Solutions says: “As the director of a successful bariatric clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, I have had many patients share with me the disappointment they feel with their end result. They worked so hard to get where they are and now it is difficult to enjoy the reward of all the effort and life changing choices they have made.”

Arizona Weight Loss Solutions has referred many of its patient’s to Dr. Steven Gitt and Dr. Dominic Heffel of Arizona Facial Plastics, Plastic Surgeons in Scottsdale and Plastic Surgeons in Phoenix, who have done many Post Bariatric Procedures.

Andrea was referred to Dr. Heffel for a personal consultation, which resulted in a panniculectomy with a tummy tuck.

The panniculectomy is the surgical procedure that removes the large apron of skin that hangs from the abdomen. This is the most common procedure that bariatric patients discuss or ask about.

In many cases post bariatric body contouring surgery is often covered by insurance for the bariatric patient due to health conditions that are created by the heavy flap of skin.

The tummy tuck portion (abdominoplasty), Andrea paid for, “out of pocket” since it was considered a cosmetic procedure. This procedure includes tightening the abdominal muscles, which is similar to creating an internal corset which produces a flatter abdomen and shapelier waistline.

When Andrea dropped in for a visit at the clinic recently she was ecstatic about her results. Not only did she look great, but the most important difference was in her air of confidence and great attitude. The “cloud” that seemed to hang over her was completely non-existent along with the air of negativity that seemed to govern her life, even after the weight was gone. It was as if she had come full circle.

Choosing bariatric surgery is not an easy way out as some would think, but rather a difficult journey that often does not arrive at a weight loss goal.

Andrea is not the only patient that has had this type of success and gone on to explore other options.

Each person has their own likes and dislikes based on their individual body form, size and weight loss, and taking the next step of having body contouring surgery after the weight loss to allows the true person inside to emerge. Hard work and a little help can go a long way to bring out a new attitude and a better you!

If you are a Post Bariatric Patient who has experienced excessive weight loss and now wants to explore options to help improve those results then go to to learn more about post bariatric body contouring surgery.

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*Results may vary. These results are not guaranteed.

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