Tummy Tucks Post Weight Loss Surgery – Bariatric Edition

We all wonder about it … what happens to all that skin around the tummy when massive weight loss occurs.  While it can seem obvious, it’s important to point out that people who are planning to lose a lot of weight are not considered good candidates for the tummy tuck procedure.  The tummy tuck is for the candidate who is already at their ideal weight.  Some people may be looking at having a tummy tuck to help them with weight loss – this will not be a good tummy tuck candidate.

The tummy tuck or in medical terms “abdominoplasty” is a common cosmetic procedure which involves removing excess skin from the abdomen area.  The surgeon also tightens up the underlying muscles so that there is a new internal garment supporting the stomach wall.  Many weight loss surgery clients will find that the years of fighting obesity has stretched the skin to what is considered beyond the ability to respond post weight loss.

Skin can hang for some people and can form a flap which is called an apron or a pannis.  This can even go beyond cosmetic and become a health issue which can affect the ability to perform normal daily activities or to even maintain basic hygiene.  

There will be certain situations where liposuction will be a recommended procedure during the tummy tuck procedure.  Some patients may hold onto hard to lose deposits of body fat and this is where liposuction is a good procedure to be performed at the same time as the tummy tuck.

Dr. Sergio Soberanis and Dr. Javier Garcia have over 20 years experience performing many different techniques and styles of tummy tucks and they will recommend the best solution in your specific case.

Through photos and health forms and video conferences, we can determine exact pricing and styles of tummy tucks for your specific case.  Reach out to the experts.

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.