Post Weight Loss (Post Bariatric)

Patients who have undergone extreme weight loss are often left with excess skin and a deflated look. The areas typically affected include the abdomen, back, thighs, breasts, arms, face and neck. The treatment of these problems require not only safe and effective surgical techniques but a good plan that will optimize patient safety, outcome and expense. Dr. Rothfield’s extensive experience in treating massive weight loss patients enables him to create a comprehensive and individualized surgical plan, that may combine procedures and involve several stages, to help his patients achieve their goals.

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Circumferential Tummy Tuck (Lower Body Lift)

In cases of extreme weight loss, patients are often left with excess skin not only in the abdominal region but in the back and flanks as well. The circumferential body lift technique allows loose skin to be removed from the entire midsection to give a more ideal and proportionate appearance. This flattens the abdomen like a tummy tuck and at the same time lifts the lateral thighs, flank, back and buttocks.

The Surgery

  • In Patient…… Memorial West Hospital or Memorial Miramar Hospital (one or two nights)
  • 2-3 hours duration
  • May require blood transfusion
  • Go home the first or second day after surgery

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort (similar to tummy tuck)
  • Driving by six days
  • Return to work by two to three weeks
  • Light exercise at end of two weeks
  • Full exercise at end of one month

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Arm Lift (brachioplasty)

Following significant weight loss or as a natural result of aging, the skin of the upper arms can hang down creating a “batwing “ type of deformity. An armlift is an operation that removes the loose excess skin and restores a tighter natural contour. In some patients there may also be areas of extra fat on the arm that need to be addressed and in these cases the procedure can be combined with liposuction/liposculpture.

The Surgery

  • Outpatient………….Surgery Center of Weston
  • 1 hour duration
  • Post Op Visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Mild bruising like discomfort
  • Return to work 3-5 days
  • Exercise after 2 weeks

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Thigh Lift

Although the thighs may be one of the last body areas to be addressed after weight loss, they can be an area of major concern for many patients who have completed the first stages of body contouring. The thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the inner thigh. The effect of massive or even significant weight loss often creates a drape of crepe-like hanging skin in the inner thigh region. Weight loss, in combination with the effects of aging, gravity, and a loss of skin elasticity, all contribute to this sagging appearance. By removing the excess skin, thigh lift surgery works to improve the contour and look of the leg. In some patients there may also be areas of extra fat in the thigh that need to be addressed and in these cases the procedure can be combined with liposuction/liposculpture.

The Surgery

  • Outpatient………….Surgery Center of Weston
  • 1 to 2 hour duration
  • Post Op Visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort
  • Return to work 7 days
  • Light exercise after 3 weeks
  • Full exercise at 6 weeks

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