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    Stacy, Houston, TX
  • I am very happy with the outcome of my surgery. Will recommend Dr. Hsu to everyone for a great plastic surgeon.

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  • I am very pleased with the outcome of my procedure. Dr. Hsu and his staff were professional and friendly. Dr. Hsu was very informative about all options available, and I am very happy with the results.

    Rosie, Houston, TX
  • I feel really good about the shape and size of my breast. I look very much the same as before the removal of both breast. I feel natural. Dr. Hsu has been wonderful and his calm demeanor was a blessing during a very scary time for me

    Lisa, Houston, TX
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    Juliana, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu has performed a fantastic procedure and reconstruction of my breasts after being diagnosed with cancer. I am very much pleased!

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  • I am very happy with my results. There is some scarring but not any more than what was expected.

    Lynne, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu is very professional. Wonderful bedside manner and only encouraged me with what he saw best in procedures to improve/correct and enhance my needs of making me feel “normal” after vreast cancer/lumpectomy

    Natasha, Houston, TX
  • Everything went well. No more cancer. Dr. Hsu is a fantastic Dr.

    Julie, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu is an excellent doctor, very professional and great “bedside manner”. He makes you feel very comfortable from beginning to end. I will refer him to all.

    Lisa, Houston, TX
  • I’m happy with the results of my tummy tuck.

    Denise, Houston, TX
  • Procedure went great. No problem and pain was not bad at all. I also felt real comfortable with Dr. Hsu and the staff.

    Melanie, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Hsu & his staff are amazing. They truly care about you.

    Allison, Houston, TX
  • Wonderful job, great results, seamless process with his office & surgical center. My 2nd procedure with Dr. Hsu.

    Ida, Houston, TX
  • I am very happy with my results. I no longer feel self conscience with my appearance and I have less back pain.

    Olivia, Houston, TX
  • I had bilateral mastectomy on my breast with expander and underwent 2 reconstructive surgeries including “fat grafting”. I am very very happy with my results! Dr. Hsu truly did an awesome job! All of my others doctors agree as well. I am feeling great emotionally and physically. Thank you so much Dr. Hsu and staff.

    Barbara, Houston, TX
  • The whole experience was wonderful, all the questions and concerns I had was discussed to my full understanding. Dr. Hsu takes his time and care so you feel very comfortable.

    Becca, Houston, TX
  • I love my new look. The doctor did an excellent job. I’m happy with the result.

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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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