Plastic Surgery after Gastric Bypass

Plastic Surgery after Gastric Bypass is often a necessity. One of the very big side effects after having gastric bypass surgery is that when the patient loses so much weight, there is the problem with all of the loose and sagging skin that occurs after such a dramatic weight loss.

Body Shaping compression garments

One of the aids that is offered to these patients is body shaping compression garments. These garments are form fitting and exert pressure on the places in which much of the weight is typically lost particularly starting with the abdomen.

As the patient continues to lose weight, the compression from these garments helps the skin to naturally contract as well as reduce the amount of fluid build-up under the skin.

Following gastric bypass surgery, plastic surgery will not take place until approximately two to three years later. If the bypass patient faithfully wears these compression garments, it will help the outcome of the plastic surgery.


Mastopexy, commonly known as the breast ptosis, is an operation performed by a specialty surgeon to lift the breasts. Some women who may be good candidates for this procedure have drooping breasts caused by many reasons such as gastric bypass surgery, gravity, pregnancy, aging and breast-feeding. This surgery is mainly designed in order to reduce breast-droop. Although this surgery may be a good choice for women who have had gastric bypass surgery, but it is not nearly as common as other plastic surgeries such as the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

To know if you may be a candidate, if your nipples have fallen beneath the level of your breast's crease, then you may be able to get that youthful form back.

Tummy Tuck - a typical Plastic Surgery after Gastric Bypass

Abdominoplasty, better known as the tummy tuck, is an operation that is performed to remove both unwanted skin and fat from the tummy as well as to tighten the abdominal wall's underlying muscles. This type of plastic surgery may also be used in conjunction with liposuction.

There have been an excessively large number of people who now decide to have tummy tucks after they have had gastric bypass surgery. These people want to have an excessive amount of skin that remains around the abdominal region removed.

Undergoing a tummy tuck can be very rewarding to someone who has just lost more than 100 pounds and it surely feels great not to have that excessively large roll of skin around their abdomen.


After the post gastric bypass patient has experienced dramatic weight loss, the skin of the face can become flaccid. This usually results in the jowls forming and the cheek pads dropping. This will result in an undefined jaw line. Also, the neck is loose and sags.

A face and neck lift together will raise the cheek pads, remove loose and sagging skin and will correct the jowls. The plastic surgeon usually makes the incisions inconspicuous. They will be placed both in front of as well as behind the ears extending into the patient's hair behind and above the ear.

Thigh Lift

The thigh lift - another plastic surgery after gastric bypass - targets specific sections of the bariatric patient's body that has a limited amount of fat deposits and excessively sagging skin located in the upper thigh.

This procedure has been shown to be greatly effective for those people who have been successful at losing a significant amount of weight, or have not been successful at losing fat from certain areas through exercise and diet efforts. The thigh lift is able to reshape the contours of one's leg in order to perfect the appearance of a person's lower body.

Arm Lift

The arm lift, for which the medical term is brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin as well as tissue from a person's upper arm. The skin starts to lose its elasticity due to age alone.

However, following gastric bypass surgery when a person loses a lot of weight, that excess hanging skin can be quite noticeable. Provided you get a good plastic surgeon, he usually tries to hide any scars underneath the patient's arm while trying to remove as much excessive tissue as possible.

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