After Weight Loss Surgery
Patients who undergo major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big burden in life. The downside: while their weight loss represents a proud accomplishment, some individuals will face more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the loose and wrinkly skin that resides on the body. Massive weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot shrink to the new smaller size. No matter where the sagging skin resides, plastic surgery is necessary to eliminate the issue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown performs skin removal cosmetic surgery for Ashburn, VA patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and is also a lasting step in their personal transformation.
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The best individuals for after weight loss surgery are those who are dealing with excessive loose skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Most often, this challenge is visible early on as weight is lost. If you are challenged by loose skin, surgery at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery can eliminate the issue and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a tighter and healthier appearance. It is recommended that patients are close to a healthy weight before considering skin removal surgery.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is almost always considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and on average, takes between 3 – 7 hours, depending upon the combination of procedures being performed. Usually, a hospital stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often integrated during the procedure to remove areas where fat exists, followed by the surgical removal of skin. After weight loss surgery does make longer incisions than most other cosmetic procedures so varying degrees of scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Brown to make the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Brown or a member of his team will give you comprehensive scar healing instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from our care, you will need to allow a week or two to rest at home. Small tubes may be implanted near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to reduce swelling. For the average person, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to regular activities, but considering the level of invasiveness, it may take longer. Dr. Brown finds that most of his patients are back to normal around six months. Skin removal surgery can be a life changer for patients with amazing results that are immediate. Once healed, you will feel confident and wear clothing you want and partake in activities without sagging skin keeping you from the things you enjoy doing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
The final cost for after weight loss surgery varies based on what is included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will design your treatment plan to fit your needs and goals. When your plan is decided, he can then estimate costs, which will include fees for anesthesia, the facility, care before and after your surgery, and more. To help you concentrate on getting great results from an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Brown, we take several payments and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance policies, on the whole, will not pay for the costs of elective surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical concern. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let Dr. Brown know in your first appointment. He can give you the necessary paperwork and information to submit to your insurance company.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are corrected in this procedure are the stomach, butt, thighs, arms, neck, and breasts. In your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will understand your needs and wants before completing an exam. When this is done, he will give you his suggestions on what needs to be part of your surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, excess skin will become apparent and it is usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery. In this consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your custom treatment plan. Before scheduling after weight loss surgery, you need to be at or near a stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on your surgical plan. If you are getting several areas treated, your recovery will take more time. In your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will talk to you about what you can expect after surgery and suggestions to make you more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Brown can assess your progress.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,500 - $15,000
- Return to Work
- 7 Days
- Surgery Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Follow Ups
- 5 Days, 1 Month, 1 Year
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such an outstanding accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you finally met your personal transformation. If stretched-out skin is a problem, Dr. Brown invites you to learn more about your alternatives for cosmetic skin removal. After weight loss surgery could further improve your silhouette and help you to meet and surpass each and every one of the exciting goals you made for yourself. Contact The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, VA to speak with our patient coordinator.