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It is best if I knew your specifics regarding total weight loss, and where you are at on your timeline, but I will answer your question based on my own patients, and with national statistics.

After gastric bypass surgery, a typical patient will lose between 80 and 100 pounds. Most of these patients only need to wait between 3 and 6 months after gastric bypass, so they can be in a healthy state of good protein nutrition prior to undergoing body contouring surgery.

Most gastric bypass patients are, and should be very proud of their weight loss, but they are still not pleased with their appearance, due to excess sagging skin, or troublesome areas that haven’t improved even with diet and exercise. These patients are excellent surgical candidates for several procedures: 1) Vaser Liposuction of their abdomen, flanks and thighs, and 2) abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). With increasing popularity of autologous fat transfer, as part of these “finishing” procedures, more and more patients elect to have me harvest and utilize their autologous fat in their face, breasts or in a “Brazilian Butt Lift.”

The doctor performing your gastric bypass should discuss with you what your goal weight and BMI should be for your height and body type. If you are not comfortable with these numbers, please call my office so we can talk about it, and I also can offer supervision in areas of body conditioning and nutrition, and surgical procedures. I commend you on your progress, and encourage your excellent efforts on your journey to wellness!

This article was written by Dr. Vanek and was featured in the News-Herald’s “Health Focus” column.