Body Contouring FAQs

Body Contouring FAQs

What is Post-Bariatric Body Contouring?

Post-bariatric body contouring (PBBC) is a plastic surgery subspecialty that focuses on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight; usually 50lbs or more.

What are some of the unique considerations regarding PBBC?

Patients who have had this kind of weight loss have different requirements pre-operatively, intra-operatively and post-operatively than other body contouring patients. Pre-operatively, massive weight loss patients may require a more thorough work-up. If multiple procedures are required, careful planning is necessary to ensure that they are safely combined or staged. The procedures are often time consuming and, intra-operatively, care is taken to minimize inefficiencies and maximize safety. Post-operative considerations have led to the development of established protocols that help to prevent complications and speed the recovery.

Have all patients had Bariatric surgery?

Although we see a large number of patients from the Richmond Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, we also see patients who have lost weight by other means.

When is the right time to have PBBC?

Ideally, patients should be weight stable for at least 6 months prior to body contouring surgery. In addition, any medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and anemia will either be optimized or will have completely resolved.

What are the benefits of PBBC?

Body contouring aims to enhance your shape and balance your proportions. This is achieved mainly by the excision of loose skin, removal of stubborn fat deposits and re-volumization of deflated areas. In addition to surgery, treatment plans may include liposuction, fat grafting and the use of breast implants.

Which procedures are the most common?

Common procedures include: abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), lower body lifts, breast enhancements, arm lifts, upper body lifts, thigh lifts and neck lifts.

Where do consultations take place?

Consultations with Dr. Reid for Post Weight Loss Body Contouring take place at the Specialist Referral Clinic (SRC). The SRC has two locations, one in Vancouver and the other in New Westminister.

Is a referral necessary?

No. To arrange a consultation, please contact the SRC directly.

Where do the procedures take place?

All procedures will take place at the Cambie Surgery Centre, a private surgical facility in Vancouver.