Body contouring procedures after bariatric surgery  – like liposuction – can greatly improve how people feel about their appearance and enhance their mental and social well-being. Vaser liposuction is one of the most effective solutions to reduce excess fat and loose skin after bariatric surgery, along with lipo-abdominoplasty, and full abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck). This article explores the best liposuction techniques for post-bariatric surgery patients, helping you make informed decisions about your body contouring options.

What Liposuction Techniques Are Best for Bariatric Surgery Patients?

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells before suctioning them out. It’s increasingly being used to combat excess fat and skin following bariatric surgery. This method is less invasive compared to traditional liposuction methods and allows for precise targeting of stubborn fat areas. Vaser is especially effective at targeting stubborn fat deposits that remain after significant weight loss from bariatric surgery. Additionally, it can help tighten the skin to some extent, making it a good option for reshaping body contours. However, for those with significant loose skin or muscle laxity, combining Vaser with procedures like a tummy tuck might be necessary to achieve the best results.

Power Assisted Liposuction

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) can be a good option for post-bariatric patients. This technique uses a mechanised cannula that moves rapidly to break up and remove fat more efficiently. PAL is particularly useful for removing larger volumes of fat, which can be common after bariatric surgery. It offers precise fat removal and often results in less bruising and swelling compared to traditional methods. However, while PAL is good for tackling stubborn fat, it might not address significant loose skin or muscle laxity. Combining PAL with procedures like a tummy tuck or body lift can provide the best results.

Lipo-Abdominoplasty

Lipo-abdominoplasty combines liposuction with a tummy tuck, making it a good option for those dealing with both excess fat and loose skin around the abdomen after bariatric surgery. This procedure removes fat and tightens the abdominal muscles, providing a more comprehensive solution for body contouring after significant weight loss. It helps to create a smoother and more toned abdominal area, addressing multiple concerns in one go.

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck

After bariatric surgery, you might find that you’ve lost a significant amount of weight but are left with loose skin and stubborn fat deposits. So, what’s the best solution to address these concerns?

Liposuction is beneficial if your primary concern is leftover fat in specific areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips. It’s a less invasive procedure that targets these fat pockets, helping you refine your body contours. This option is ideal if your skin has good elasticity and you don’t have a lot of sagging skin.

However, if you’re dealing with significant loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) might be more appropriate. This procedure not only removes excess fat but also tightens the skin and muscles, offering a more comprehensive solution. It’s especially effective for addressing the sagging skin that often results from substantial weight loss after bariatric surgery.

To decide which procedure is right for you, it’s important to consider your unique concerns:

  • Liposuction: Best for removing isolated fat deposits if your skin elasticity is still good.
  • Tummy Tuck: Ideal for tightening loose skin and muscles, providing a more toned and firm abdomen.

Consulting with a professional can help you make an informed decision based on your body’s unique needs and your personal goals.

Do You Need Liposuction After Bariatric Surgery?

According to research, patients with low BMI generally require skin excision alone. However, those with a BMI over 30 may benefit from liposuction in combination with skin excision procedures to remove or debulk some areas.

Deciding whether you need liposuction after bariatric surgery also depends on your specific goals and the challenges you face after significant weight loss. Here’s a closer look at why you might consider liposuction post-bariatric surgery:

  • Addressing Stubborn Fat Deposits: Even after successfully losing a lot of weight with bariatric surgery, some areas of fat might remain resistant to diet and exercise. Common trouble spots include the abdomen, thighs, arms, and flanks. Liposuction can help by specifically targeting and removing these stubborn fat pockets, resulting in a more contoured and balanced body shape.
  • Enhancing Your Results: If you’re satisfied with your overall weight loss but want further targeted fat reduction in certain areas, liposuction can be a good surgical option. It allows for more precise fat removal, helping to reshape your body contours and balance out your overall appearance.
  • Combining with Other Procedures: For many post-bariatric patients, liposuction is often combined with other surgical procedures like a tummy tuck or body lift. This often creates the best outcomes for patients. While liposuction removes fat, these additional procedures address loose, sagging skin and muscle laxity, providing a more comprehensive approach to body contouring.
  • Improving Comfort: Excess fat and loose skin can sometimes cause discomfort, chafing, and skin irritation. By removing these stubborn fat deposits, liposuction can help improve your physical comfort, making it easier to maintain an active lifestyle.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo liposuction after bariatric surgery is personal and should be made in consultation with a qualified doctor. They can evaluate your personal situation, discuss your goals, and recommend the best approach to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Options After Bariatric Surgery

When it comes to non-invasive/non-surgical treatment options post-bariatric surgery, you’ll find some offer a certain degree of skin tightening. However, most will not fully address the major skin sagging that comes from bariatric surgery. So, in most cases, surgical options offer the best solution. However, here are some non-invasive skin-tightening options to consider:

1. Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments

RF treatments use energy waves to heat the deeper layers of your skin, which helps to stimulate collagen production. This can gradually tighten and firm your skin. It’s usually painless and has minimal downtime, so you can get back to your routine quickly.

2. Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy, such as Ultherapy, uses focused ultrasound energy to reach deep into the skin. This boosts collagen production, which tightens the skin over time. It’s a non-invasive option that doesn’t require recovery time, though you might need a few sessions to see the best results.

3. Laser Skin Tightening

Laser treatments work by using laser energy to heat your skin, which stimulates collagen and elastin production. This can lead to smoother and tighter skin. Laser sessions are typically quick and come with minimal discomfort and downtime.

4. Infrared (IR) Therapy

Infrared therapy uses IR light to gently heat the skin, encouraging collagen remodelling. It’s non-invasive and can help improve skin tone and texture. This treatment is often used for mild to moderate skin laxity and can be a great addition to your skin-tightening routine.

5. Microneedling with Radiofrequency

This treatment combines microneedling and RF energy. Tiny needles create micro-injuries in the skin while delivering RF energy deep into the tissue. This stimulates collagen production more effectively, helping to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. It’s a bit more intensive than other non-invasive treatments but can offer impressive results.

Liposuction Risks & Complications After Bariatric Surgery – Is It Safe?

While liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure, like any surgical procedure, it comes with potential risks and complications. Understanding these risks can help you make an informed decision about whether liposuction is the right choice for you.

Risks & Potential Complications:

  • Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection. Proper post-operative care and following your surgeon’s instructions can help minimise this risk.
  • Scarring: Liposuction involves small incisions, which can lead to scarring. While most scars are small and fade over time, they can sometimes be more noticeable, depending on your skin type and healing process.
  • Uneven Contours: There’s a possibility of uneven fat removal, which can result in lumps or contour irregularities. An experienced surgeon can minimise this risk, but it’s still something to consider.
  • Blood Clots: Surgery increases the risk of developing blood clots, which can be dangerous. Your surgeon will take steps to reduce this risk, such as recommending movement soon after the procedure and possibly prescribing blood thinners.
  • Numbness: Temporary or permanent numbness in the treated area can occur due to nerve damage during the procedure.
  • Fluid Accumulation: Sometimes, fluid pockets (seromas) can form under the skin. These might need to be drained to prevent complications.
  • Reaction to Anesthesia: As with any surgery, there’s a risk of an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. Discussing your medical history with your anesthesiologist can help mitigate this risk.

Is It Safe for Bariatric Patients?

Liposuction after bariatric surgery can be safe when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. It’s essential to make sure you are in good overall health and that your body has had sufficient time to recover from the bariatric procedure. Typically, doctors recommend waiting at least 12 to 18 months after bariatric surgery before undergoing liposuction. This allows your weight to stabilise, making the results of liposuction more predictable and effective.

Post-Bariatric Surgery Liposuction FAQs

Can you have liposuction after bariatric surgery?

Yes, you can have liposuction after bariatric surgery. Usually, it’s best to wait 12 to 18 months after your bariatric surgery to let your weight stabilise first.

How to get rid of belly fat after bariatric surgery?

To tackle belly fat after bariatric surgery, start with a healthy diet and regular exercise. If you still have stubborn fat, liposuction can help target and remove those areas. A personal consultation with a liposuction surgeon can give you more personalised advice.

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What is the best skin tightening after bariatric surgery?

The best skin tightening method depends on how much loose skin you have. For minor sagging, non-invasive treatments like radiofrequency or ultrasound therapy can help. For more significant sagging, surgical options like liposuction, tummy tuck or body lift tend to be more effective.

Do compression garments help after bariatric surgery?

Yes, compression garments are very helpful after bariatric surgery. They support your body as it heals, reduce swelling, and help shape your new contours. They’re especially recommended after procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck.

References:

  • https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/35/6/672/2589186

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

Surgery performed by:
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Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960
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Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

Surgery performed by:
Dr Mitchell Kim AHPRA MED0001187435
Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960
Registered Medical Practitioners
General registration.

Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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