Steve T. Vu MD, FACS | Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
17742 Beach Blvd., Suite 335, Huntington Beach, CA 92647  |  (714) 848-1133

Post Bariatric Surgery

The Procedure

Even after dropping the excess pounds via bariatric surgery, you might not be pleased with the way your body looks. The reason for this is that the removal of fat from the body can cause the skin to sag and lose its shape and even dieting and exercising may not get you the appearance you want. The saggy and loose skin often droops over the abdomen, and in some cases, the loose skin from the legs hangs over the knees, causing body image issues. The dangling skin can lead to sores and rashes and other ailments, and it doesn’t look attractive at all. For this purpose, people often opt for post-bariatric surgery.

Via post-bariatric surgery, you can restore the appearance of the part of the body from where you lost weight. There are different procedures available which you can opt for based on your requirements and numerous other factors, such as the area from where you lost fat and your age. The options available include:

  • Lower Body Lift: Excess skin is removed from your lower body, e.g. your groin or buttocks, depending on where the skin is saggy and loose. First, the skin is lifted and then all excess is removed, to tone the appearance of your lower body. Then, liposuction is performed to remove any fat deposits in that region.

  • Upper Arm Lift: An incision is made from the patient’s armpit to the elbow to remove saggy skin from the upper arm. This procedure is rarely used, as the upper arms aren’t usually an area where excess fat is stored.

  • Breast Lift: Women who have saggy breasts and nipples as a result of bariatric surgery can opt for a breast lift. It restores the shape of the breasts and makes them look firmer. This is a commonly performed procedure.

There are a few other procedures which may be performed, such as a thigh lift, depending on the area on which the bariatric surgery was done.


You are a good candidate for post-bariatric surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your body weight is stable and has been at the same level for the past 6 months. Also, it is important that you don’t plan to lose any weight in the future. Ideally, your BMI should be in the 18 to 25 range.

  • At least 12 to 18 months have passed since you had the bariatric surgery done. It takes some time for your skin to shrink after the procedure so you need to give it time to adjust accordingly.

  • You should be following a stable nutrition plan. Without the right nutrition, you won’t be able to see the results of the surgery and it will hamper your recovery.

  • Your overall health is in good shape and you don’t suffer from any chronic or potentially fatal conditions, such as heart disease or hypertension. People suffering any major health problems are not advised to undergo post-bariatric surgery.

  • You don’t have any unhealthy habits, such as smoking or alcoholism, and you have the physical and mental endurance to get through the procedure and its effects.

It is better to consult your physician before you consider opting for post-bariatric surgery. If you are not in the right state to deal with going under the knife, you can end up facing numerous complications as a result of the procedure.


The foremost benefit of post-bariatric surgery is your appearance improves. People who are facing body image issues as a result of bariatric surgery due to their saggy skin can get over their dilemma and feel good about themselves. That is the reason they undergo bariatric surgery in the first place and not seeing the desired results can cause anxiety and stress, which can lead to numerous health problems. In addition, there are numerous other benefits, including:

  • Get rid of the loose skin hanging off your body once and for all. You can fit into clothes much better and also wear your swimsuit/ bathing suit without any inhibition. In other words, you feel more confident than before.

  • Loose and saggy skin can lead to skin ailments, such as rashes, sores and even infections. You can minimize the risk of this by getting rid of the excess skin.

Despite primarily being a cosmetic procedure, post-bariatric surgery can provide you relief from stress, thereby having a positive effect on your health and wellbeing.


There are numerous factors which affect the cost of the surgery:

  • The cost of post-bariatric surgery varies from region to region.

  • Also, the area of your body which requires plastic surgery determines how much it will cost.

  • Some patients require multiple surgeries to restore their appearance.

  • The length of the hospital stay after the procedure and the recovery time will also affect the cost.

On average, the cost of post-bariatric surgery ranges from $3,500 to $30,000. The range is wide but the factors affecting the cost are numerous as well. Insurance usually does not cover post-bariatric surgery, as it is not being performed for improving your health. Post-bariatric surgery is considered ‘cosmetic surgery’ which is why you are unlikely to find any coverage for the costs.


The appearance of your body will improve considerably after the procedure but for a period of time there will be obvious scarring. You will also have to rest till your body recovers completely from the effects of the surgery. During the recovery period, you have to avoid excess physical activity and cannot, at any cost, lift heavy objects. You also have to avoid skin contact with any object or person. For this purpose, you are required to wear surgical garments for 3 weeks after the procedure.

You will also have to apply ointment on your scars where the incisions were made to boost skin growth. Stay away from the sun or the scars will turn dark and appear permanently. All in all, the results of post-bariatric surgery are long-lasting.

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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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Corona, CA 92879-3157
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