Bariatric surgery can be life-changing, but it leaves lax skin and fat on the body that is not only unsightly, but can be unhealthy. Post-Bariatric Surgery eliminates this lax skin and fat, contouring the body for a firmer look. Depending on your case, several procedures may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Dr. Clinton has years of experience performing successful post-bariatric surgeries, and he gives all of his patients a great deal of one-on-one attention. He is a great listener and is empathetic to your concerns. Most importantly, he has the training and experience to evaluate your case carefully and create a unique surgical plan for you.
He studied biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt and medicine at UAB, and he received his plastic surgery training at Duke – some of the country’s most prestigious universities. He then spent years in trauma care before focusing on the field of aesthetics. He also performs many reconstructive surgeries every year. As a result, he has the experience to work on even the most complex of cases.
- Tummy Tuck is the most popular surgery done after bariatric surgery. The procedure flattens the stomach and slims the waist by removing pockets of fat with either liposuction or excision, removing loose skin with excision, and tightening separated abdominal muscles, if necessary. Read more about Tummy Tuck.
- Buttock Lift involves enhancing the buttocks through the removal of excess fat using lipoplasty, the excision of excess skin, and/or free fat grafting, which involves harvesting fat from an area where the fat is unwanted and injecting it into the buttocks to enhance their shape. Read more about Buttock Lift.
- Free Fat Grafting is a procedure that uses lipoplasty or liposuction to remove fat from an area with too much and inject that fat into areas that need more fullness. Fat is often harvested from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, and it is commonly injected into the face, breasts, or buttocks to sculpt these areas for a more attractive result. Read more about Free Fat Grafting.
- Arm Lift (also called Brachioplasty or Arm Tuck) removes excess skin and fat from the back side of the upper arms, making them firmer. Read more about Arm Lift.
- Thigh Lift (also called Thighplasty) improves the appearance of the thighs, removing loose skin, excess fat, dimpling, and undesirable contour irregularities. Read more about Thigh Lift.
- Breast Lift raises sagging breast tissue to a higher, more youthful position. The surgeon can also reshape the breasts. Read more about Breast Lift.
- Breast Reduction is for women with heavy breasts that are causing back, shoulder, or neck pain and discomfort. By reducing the size of the breasts, women can alleviate this pain and have a more proportionate figure. Read more about Breast Reduction.
- Gynecomastia is a condition that creates male breast tissue. Male breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and lax skin on the chest to create a more masculine look. Read more about Gynecomastia.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Post-Bariatric Surgery?
Your recovery is highly variable depending on your chosen procedures. When surgeries can be done concurrently, recovery times can often be combined and not extended. This depends on each individual case, however. Please refer to the pages devoted to the procedures you have chosen for more information about recovery.
In all cases, we will send you home with written instructions for how to take care of yourself after your surgeries. This will be a reinforcement of verbal instructions that you will receive on several occasions. You will also be evaluated no later than the day after each procedure and monitored during your recovery period. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions at all.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after any surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away completely. If you experience pain, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are usually sufficient, but if you need something stronger, please use the prescription provided. Compression garments must be worn for a period of time after some of these procedures.
Results from Post-Bariatric surgeries are long-lasting, but they can certainly be affected by weight loss/gain, pregnancies, genetics, environmental factors, and the natural aging process.