Bariatric surgery


Elaine Sassoon,


AB Hons (Harvard), FRCS(Ed  & Eng), FRCS(Plast), MSc(LSE)


GASPAR ANASTASI Award, Aesthetic Society (USA) 2000



Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon







Appointments available at:


SPIRE Hospital, Hill House Consulting Rooms, Old Watton Road,

Norwich, NR4 7TD










Secretary:  Sally Gilks Tel:  07985 184476






Please address all correspondence to Sally Gilks at Spire  Hospital.


Body contouring following massive weight loss is referred to as bariatric surgery, when someone has been overweight for a long time and the skin has grown to fit around the increase in mass, weight loss can leave a large mass of skin overhangs or sits in folds on a smaller frame. 

This is still a relatively new field of surgery and involves a coordinated approach to removing excess tissue so as to restore a natural and seemless shape. Depending on the amount of excess skin, the technique can vary from person to person.

Bariatric surgery consists of:

Removing excess or flabby under- arm and upper inner thigh
Tummy tuck or excising excess tissue from the whole lower torso
Breast augmentation and /or mastopexy  (breast lift)
Neck lift
Buttock lift
Hernia repair

This can be very extensive surgery, and the patient must be fit, be of relatively normal weight, and not be a smoker.