Following bariatric surgery, most patients enjoy better health and quality of life. But there are some challenges to rapid weight loss. One area of concern for some patients is Post-bariatric Excess Skin or PBES. In addition to being unsightly, PBES can make it difficult to move or exercise, cause skin irritation and make hygiene difficult.
Body contouring plastic surgery is the best option for treating PBES. Studies have shown that body contouring can improve a patient’s quality of life, ability to function and mental health.
Body contouring consists of one or more procedures, which can be done singly or in a series of operations over time. Each patient is unique, so there is no standard treatment for PBES. Procedures may include:
Liposuction may be used in combination with other procedures, such as abdominoplasty, breast reduction, or face-lift.
While insurance coverage for bariatric surgery has expanded, most insurers consider body contouring cosmetic and will not cover it. Insurers that do cover body contouring typically do so if PBES hinders your ability to function or if you have skin integrity issues. Typically, coverage under such plans is limited to Abdominoplasty or Panniculectomy.
It is important to choose a board certified surgeon highly trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic sugery of the face and all areas of the body. To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigorous standards:
Just like any other surgery performed at Mercy, a member of the care team will be with you from your initial consultation, through surgery, and any follow-up care you may need. Mercy plastic surgeons work closely with your Mercy Bariatric team to design a program that is safe and effective for your individual needs and budget.
The goal of our surgeons is to help you feel better about your appearance, so you have the confidence to get back to doing the things you love.