What is after weight loss surgery?
Patients who have had dramatic weight loss either from dieting, exercise, and/or bariatric surgery have embarked on a major life-altering journey. While this can dramatically improve the patient’s sense of well-being both physically and emotionally, it is often offset by new concerns about their body image. They are left with areas of sagging/loose skin creating irregular body contours and an imbalance in body proportions. This often leads to new concerns about body image and diminished self-confidence. The incredible surgeons of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida are able to help patients create a body they can be proud of by offering after weight loss surgery. Comprised of a number of different surgeries and techniques such as tummy tuck, butt lift, and thigh lift, after weight loss surgery helps to create a body that displays your hard work and effort.
What Conditions are Treated with surgery?
Weight loss patients will consider after weight loss surgery to correct or enhance one or more of the following conditions:
- Deflated and sagging breasts with nipples that point downward
- Loose and hanging skin on the abdomen
- Excess skin and pockets of fat on the hips
- Excess and deflated skin on and under the buttocks
- Loose and hanging skin around the knees and inner thighs
- Hanging skin on the underside of the arms (“bat wings”)
- Loose and hanging skin on the neck (“turkey neck”)
What parts of the body are addressed?
The goal of after weight loss surgery is to reduce the amount of loose skin that collects and hangs on the body and to lift the body part, so it appears tighter. Multiple areas of the body may need to be addressed, depending on the needs of each patient. Most surgeons will group body parts together and stage them multiple surgeries. Doing so helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss and infection. Examples of this grouping include:
- Upper body (Liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift)
- Lower body (Liposuction, butt lift, thigh lift, lower body lift)
WHAT HAPPENS during and AFTER Surgery?
After weight loss surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Patients are usually required to spend the night in the hospital so they can be monitored. The recovery following this surgery can be a slow process. While the post-surgical results can be life-changing for many weight loss patients, scarring is an unfortunate part of this process. Every attempt is made during surgery to minimize scarring as much as possible. Patients should adhere to a healthy lifestyle so that the results achieved through surgery are not compromised.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQ
what is included in after weight loss surgery?
Common body parts that may need skin reduction surgery include the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms and neck. The breasts and abdomen are among two of the most popular areas addressed. A large majority of individuals will address the breasts (with a breast lift), and the tummy (with a tummy tuck) in a single surgery. As you lose weight, you will notice which areas are most concerning, and you can begin discussing cosmetic surgery with your plastic surgeon.
When should I get after weight loss surgery?
Most plastic surgeons require patients to be at or near their goal weight before moving forward with this surgery. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, removing the loose skin is all it takes to accelerate the loss of the final pounds—especially if the loose skin is getting in the way of exercise and mobility.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
In most cases, no. Insurance companies consider this surgery to be cosmetic, and they usually do not cover any of the surgical expenses. However, each surgical case is different and may have a special circumstance. Our billing coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and thoroughly checks the benefits of each provider.
After Weight Loss Surgery Reviews
"Brachioplasty - phase II - Next step in the journey! After weight loss surgery and losing 170lbs I had my lower body lift. Now on to phase II, shaping up the sagging skin on my arms. Here we go! Surgery day was 9/29. I'll post some "pre" pics and then document the recovery. As I write this I am on day 4 of recovery so off the pain meds since day 2. It's more "uncomfortable" than painful since I have to keep my arms up. Still lots swelling but I see where I'm heading!"- B. / RealSelf / Oct 02, 2020
What is the Expected Cost?
The cost for a combination surgery to remove skin following a massive weight loss will vary. Certain factors such as the number of procedures performed (abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh lift, etc.), combined with the number of surgical settings, hospital stay, anesthesia, etc., will play a role in determining the final cost. On average, patients can expect to pay at least $15,000 - $25,000 or higher.