Bariatric Surgery (gastric bypass or laparoscopic banding) can be highly successful in helping morbidly obese patients lose weight.
After the procedure, patients are often able to enjoy not only significant weight loss but also greater mobility, relief of symptoms and a lower risk of weight-related disease. Unfortunately the patient’s stretched and inelastic skin does not improve as well and instead hangs loosely over the slimmer body. Patients who have had large weight losses without surgery may also encounter similar problems.
Post-bariatric plastic surgery combines reconstructive and cosmetic techniques to tighten, lift and contour sagging areas for a more attractive appearance. The patient may choose to treat the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, neck, face or other areas. This type of surgery is relatively new and challenging and should only be performed by experienced Plastic Surgeons. More information is presented below on thigh lifts and brachioplasty, procedures unique to post massive weight loss patient treatment. While more difficult, abdominal, breast, and face procedures on post bariatric surgery patients are similar in concept. For more information on these areas are presented elsewhere on this site.
Dr. Wigod has a particular interest in post massive weight loss reconstruction and has given many educational talks on the subject to groups in the Treasure Valley. Over time, he has developed approaches to maximize results and minimize risks for his patients. Most often, these procedures are staged over 1 to 3 operations. Insurance does not cover body reduction surgery, so Mark D. Wigod, M.D., P.A. will not request or accept insurance payment.