Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery – Choosing Your Doctor, Clinic, and Aftercare Wisely

July 22, 2014

by Dr. Alejandro Quiroz

Hard work, determination, and perseverance are what it takes to have a successful weight loss journey. After experiencing dramatic weight loss, people are faced with an inescapable decision, to go through post-bariatric plastic surgery or not. Plastic surgery after shedding many pounds of excess fat is used to help patients complete their weight loss goals.

Candidates for this type of surgery are people whose weight has remained stable but suffer from sagging and overhanging skin that once housed their body fat. Since skin may have become flaccid it longer conforms to the reduced body size. Procedures to aid with this problem include facelift, neck lift, and body lift.

As choosing your bariatric surgeon required hours of extensive research so does selecting your plastic surgeon, clinic, and aftercare. The ideal situation would be to have both surgeons under one roof, making communication and care flow smoothly.

In order to select a qualified doctor you must:

  • Make sure they have board certification. Their certifications can be verified on this website.
  • Check to see if they belong to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
  • Check to see if they belong to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS)
  • For international physicians, check to see if they belong to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

Along with the selection of your doctor comes the surgical facility. Your selection should be based on accreditation as well. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) must accredit outpatient clinics assuring that they have met international standards of safety needed to treat patients.

Out of the three major pinpoints to obtaining the best results possible, majority of people usually don’t put enough attention to the aftercare that comes with this major post-bariatric surgery. Patients rarely give much importance to the logistics that go along with aftercare, but in fact aftercare is extremely important. People opt for hotel stays that provide no supervision and an unsanitary environment. But in order to recover properly, care by a trained nurse with experience in this type of after weight loss procedures is highly recommended. Since patients are normally left with drains, they experience a limited range of motion and require help with bathing, eating, and transportation. Transportation to and from doctor’s office for checkups can become an issue since it’s hard to get in and out of vehicles. It is best to have surgery at a facility that counts with an onsite aftercare program that provides nursing care, a clean environment, and transportation.

There are very few facilities in the world that offer this level of care, at VIDA/CosMed we have a package that caters to all these needs all under one roof. To learn more, please refer to the video below:



Alejandro Quiroz, MD, FACS is the chief plastic surgeon at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico. Dr. Quiroz is a Board Certified, Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural International Surgeon, Licensed in both the U.S. and Mexico. He is member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), and the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society (SDPSS).

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