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  • Dr. Hsu does excellent work – both his bedside manner and his surgical skills. I felt secure in his skills and he is always a top notch professional. He is an artist also, in my opinion.

    Julie, Houston, TX
  • I am so very pleased with Dr. Hsu and his staff!

    Tori, Houston, TX
  • I know Dr. Hsu and love his work! I was excited to have him as my surgeon and really appreciated his time and care in discussing my surgical options/outcome. I love the results and am happy to share with other patients seeking the same. Thank you to Dr. Hsu and all his staff. Wonderful experience!

    Glenda, Houston, TX
  • Absolutely wondefrul doctor. Always made me feel very comfortable. Took his time with me and gave me exactly what I wanted.

    Iva, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu fixed deformaties from surgeries to remove masses in my breasts. I love the results! I have my confidence back and I look normal again.

    Pauline, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu’s an amazing doctor! I am pleased with my results.

    Jamie, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu is a detailed oriented surgeon and has a great staff to back him off. He explained us several options for my surgery and described the benefits and risks for each of them. I received a prompt response from him on any question/issue I had after my surgery. He was very gentle and professional…

    Barbara, Houston, TX
  • Great bed side manners, caring, compassionate, attentive, thorough-excellent surgeon! Thank you Dr. Hsu for helping me be me again.

    Alex, Houston, TX
  • Absolutely wonderful doctor. Always made me feel very comfortable. Took his time with me and gave me exactly what I wanted.

    Louise, Houston, TX
  • I’m very happy I decided to have a tummy tuck. Dr. Hsu made me feel good about the procedure. It’s so much easier wearing clothes without all the extra skin around my middle!

    Corinne, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu is amazing very professional and has attention to detail. I am so glad he was my dr and I will for sure come back and have referred him to friends. He is amazing

    Katrina, Houston, TX
  • I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Hsu. He is an excellent surgeon & goes above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Hsu was available and willing to help. I can’t thank him enough. ( My husband thanks him too!)

    Evelyn, Houston, TX
  • Very painless, love my results and the way Dr. Hsu treats and listens to your needs.

    Jenny, Houston, TX
  • I had a very pleasant experience with Dr. Hsu. He answered all my questions thoroughly on my first appointment. The surgery went very well. The recovery was much better than I expected. The pain was very bearable. The scar is very neat and my abdomen is flat. I’m very happy with the results of Dr….

    Carolina, Houston, TX
  • My husband & I met Dr. Hsu soon after my breast cancer diagnosis. He was warm and caring and truly educated us on my options. He has been a trusted advisor and excellent physician and I am thrilled with the results.

    Maria, Houston, TX
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    Alene, Houston, TX
  • My breast surgery was the best thing I could have done foe myself. My clothes fit much better and I wish I would have had this procedure earlier. Thank you!

    Rita, Houston, TX
  • Getting this procedure was the best thing I could have done, I feel so much better inside and out. I had so many back problems and now I do not have any. I would suggest getting this procedure.

    Regina, Houston, TX
  • Extremely impressed with entire staff and surgery. I wish I had this done years ago. The new implants are far more realistic than I expected. As for the Rhinoplasty – I LOVE IT!

    Elaine, Houston, TX
  • Thank you Dr. Hsu, Toni thru this journey. You guys made this so much easier and worry free. You both are definitely fullfilling your calling in life. Thanks for making me feel beautiful again!

    Nancy, Houston, TX

A Follow-up Procedure to Bariatric Surgery

By Patrick W. Hsu

body-weightObesity is a major problem in America, but fortunately there are procedures available to help such individuals make a difference in their lives. Patients who have undergone surgery to make weight loss possible, such as gastric bypass or lap banding, often find their rapid shedding of pounds has led to an excess of loose skin. Extremely obese individuals often experience a loss in skin elasticity due to the prolonged periods of stretching from the increased volume of weight. While most common in the belly area, excess skin can also exist in the breasts, back, thighs, hips, knees, and even the face. The only way to tighten the skin is through surgery, which unfortunately leads to scarring.

The full extent of scarring will depend on how much skin is to be removed, with long scars remaining along the hips, stomach, on the inside of the legs, and underneath the arms. Patients with only a small amount of loose skin will probably want to forgo this procedure, as the scarring would probably not be worth the surgery results.

Full Body Lift Surgery involves all of the following contouring procedures:

Problem Solution
Loose abdominal skin Tummy Tuck
Loose arm skin Arm Lift (brachioplasty)
Loose breast skin Breast Lift (mastopexy)
Loose inner thigh skin Inner thigh lift
Loose thigh and buttock skin Outer thigh and buttock lift
Surgical Body Lift Procedure

Before surgery, the entire body is evaluated to determine the exact amount of skin to be removed and to gauge the length of the required procedure. General anesthesia is used for the operation, which can last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on the amount of excess skin removed. The procedure typically begins with a full tummy tuck before extending out to the breasts, arms, and thigh area.

Recovery Time

Patients should expect modest pain, swelling, and bruising in the affected areas immediately following the procedure. Recovery times depend on the amount of skin to be removed and the overall difficulty of the procedure. Some patients may stay in the hospital up to a week for monitoring afterward. Below is a table of expected timeframes for full recovery.

Post-Surgery Schedule Timeframe
Pain controlled with medication 5 to10 days
Tubes and drains left in skin 1 to 2 weeks
Swelling subsides 2 to 6 weeks
Return to work As early as 2 weeks, 4 to 6 weeks recommended
Resume exercise 6 to 8 weeks
Fully healed scars 6 months to 1 year
Full Body Lift Results

body-liftWhile no procedure can be considered truly permanent, patients most often report lifetime success after going through a full body lift. Of course, the body remains susceptible to the ravages of poor diet, lack of exercise, and aging, so an overall improvement in lifestyle is highly recommended. It is important to note that patients who have undergone the procedure are more likely to experience loose and sagging skin as they age than their peers may expect.

Your Life after Body Lift Surgery

A renewal in self-confidence and greater self-esteem is most often reported by patients who have undergone this life-changing procedure. Free of the constant reminder of the excess weight they used to carry, patients report a much higher level of satisfaction with their lives in general. By removing this extra weight, you will feel more comfortable with your body image and shape, fit into clothes that make you feel attractive and boost your new self-confidence even more.


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