Bariatric Weight Loss


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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Dramatic weight loss improves your health and leaves you looking and feeling better. It can be a positive life-changing event but often you are left with sagging skin and loose muscle that will not change with exercise. Often the skin is so significant that clothing choices become limited are not what you envisioned after your weight loss.

Dr. Ricciardelli has over 25 years of experience and offers a full range of treatments designed to remove and lift excess skin, tighten muscles and improve facial, neck, arm, breast, abdomen and thigh contours. “These procedures are designed to change and re-contour your body to enhance the body contour after losing weight. Some procedures can be done at the same time. A lot will depend on the degree of change needed,” says Dr. Ricciardelli. At your consultation, he will discuss those procedures that will help you to achieve the body that you desire.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This procedure can make the most significant and satisfying change for bariatric patients as it affects so many of your clothing choices. For more information on Tummy Tuck click here.

Liposuction (suction assisted Lipectomy)

Liposuction is almost always combined with skin excision after considerable weight loss. It can help shape and sculpt the body by removing excess fat. A popular area for liposuction in bariatric patients is the upper and lower back. For more information on liposuction click here.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Often called “bingo arms” or “bat wings”, loose, sagging and excess skin in the upper arms is often a result of significant weight loss but also can be part of the aging process. For most people, significant sagging skin and fat cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise. An arm lift, or brachioplasty redefines the arm circumference by removing excess skin and fat. For more information on arm lift click here.

Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

An unfortunate result of massive weight loss is the change in shape, position and firmness of your breasts. A breast lift with or without an implant will help to restore the volume, reduce the sagging skin, and reposition the breast for a more youthful appearance. For more information on breast lift and breast augmentation click here.

What can I expect during and after surgery?
Your privacy and safety are very important to us. On the day of your surgery you will park in a designated, convenience space in back of the Summit building close to the private back door entrance of our office. Your surgery will most likely take place in our AAAASF (Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) certified operating suite. After your procedure/s, you will wake up in our warm and caring recovery suite. Our recovery nurse will make sure that you are comfortable and inform your designated driver when you are ready to return to the comfort of your own home that day. You will be given detailed instructions for your specific needs. Most patients do not complain of pain after surgery but a mild discomfort. You will most likely be wearing a compression garment for 2 weeks to reduce any swelling and improve the contour of the surgical area. On average, most patients are able to return to work in 1-5 days and begin light exercising in 1 week. A lot will depend on the procedure/s that are being performed. You will be seen back in the office after surgery. Expect to have possible bruising, swelling and tenderness after surgery. Dr. Ricciardelli will call you in the evening to check-in on your progress as well as see you back in the office for your post-operative visits. Our door is always open for any questions.
Why choose Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology?
It’s about confidence: confidence in your surgeon, confidence that your wishes and individual concerns will be heard, and confidence you will get the results you want. Dr Ricciardelli has the experience and reputation that ensures you are trusting in a surgeon with a known track record in the area and the qualifications and certifications that recognize him on a regional and national level.

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At your consultation you’ll meet with one of our surgeons and we’ll discuss all of your options and answer all of your questions.

Meet Dr. Edward Ricciardelli

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli is one of the most highly trained plastic surgeons in the country. He is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is board certified in both head, neck, and facial surgery and plastic surgery.  He has been performing facial surgery for over 29 years.  During that time he has taught and trained other plastic and facial surgeons, lectured around the country, given courses on facial surgery, and cared for thousands of surgical patients. Read more…