Post-Bariatric Surgery Aesthetics

Post-Bariatric Surgery Aesthetics

As a result of weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy, or excess weight loss through dieting, the loose skin in the body may not recover enough and sag. After weight-loss surgeries, patients should wait for at least 18 months so that their weight get stable before undergoing a plastic surgery.

In the cases of individuals who lose weight considerably, sagging is generally seen in areas such as face, neck, breasts, arms, abdomen, hip, genital region and thighs. The skin folds in the sagging areas are prone to development of rash and fungal infection, which is highly irritating for the patients. The sagging skin also shows from the clothes and causes social concerns.

What are the examples of cosmetic surgeries after weight loss surgery?

After loosing excessive amount of fat, the skin will get saggy and can contribute to an undesired look. Keep in mind that at least 12 month needs to be passed after the bariartric surgery before any cosmetic surgery can be performed. Here are the some examples of popular cosmetic surgeries on the body parts after weight loss surgery:

Face and Neck Area:

Conventional face lift and neck lift or mini face lift procedures may be necessary depending on the severity of sagging.


Breasts lose volume and fullness after weight loss. Hence, breast lift surgery may be performed to correct sagging, and sometimes breast implants are also necessary. It is possible to perform these two operations, which is to the advantage of the patient.

Abdominal Area:

Abdominal lift surgery may be necessary for a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. If the patient also has sagging hips and hipline, hip lift surgery can be performed in the same intervention.


They can be lifted with surgery which correct sagging in the arms.


Due to drastic weight loss, the hip loses volume, flattens and sags. In this case, hip lift is necessary to pull the skin all around this area up like “pulling up the pants” and to remove the excess skin. In order to give more volume to the hip, the removed portions may be implanted into the inner part of the hip during this procedure.


If the patient has a problem with sagging in the inner thighs, thigh lift surgery is the solution.