After weight loss surgery serves as a follow-up procedure for patients who have lost major amounts of weight of 100 pounds or greater. Traditionally during weight loss, as the individual achieves their weight goals, leftover excessive and sagging skin becomes increasingly apparent. This often leaves the individual to feel defeated, as they feel like they have not achieved their aesthetic goals. Dallas, Texas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, helps patients to shape and trim excess skin around the breasts, abdomen, arms, buttocks, legs, and face, to look healthy and toned, and finally be comfortable in their own skin. After weight loss surgery is one of the last surgeries completing an individual’s weight loss transformation.
When the body loses fat, certain areas may not shrink smaller along with the weight loss. For most patients, surgery is the only option to remove the skin deformity. The typical symptoms or conditions that result form a massive weight loss that can be treated with surgery include:
- Sagging breasts that point downward
- “Turtle neck” or flabby skin near the neck
- Excess, hanging skin or pockets of fat around the abdomen or hips
- Sagging skin and excess fat or wrinkling around the buttocks
- “Bat wings” or sagging skin underneath the upper arms
- Sagging skin and excess fat on the thigh and upper leg region
After Weight Loss Surgery Reviews
"I never thought it would be possible to actually like my body. Following a 200-pound weight loss, I began to seek out a surgeon. Working in health care, I have the privilege to know many doctors. After interviewing several surgeons, I knew Dr. White was the one for me. Dr. White wants what is best for his patients and takes the time to explain everything in detail. I'll never forget how Dr. White called me on the weekend just to check on me following my surgery. His skill, expertise, and reputation as a surgeon were proven to me. Dr. White has gone above and beyond all my expectations for a cosmetic surgeon. I really cannot even believe the results. When I look at myself now, I actually like what I see. I love the results and feel truly beautiful for the very first time in my life! Thank you Dr. White!"- T. B. / Office Visit / May 08, 2008
"While I knew I wanted to have plastic surgery, I was extremely apprehensive to have it done...that was until I met Dr. White. After my initial consultation, I knew I found the doctor who was going to do my surgery. I had had numerous consultations with other doctors, but none compared to Dr. White --- with his eye for detail, artistic ability to make things look natural, and enthusiasm that is contagious. At times I think Dr. White and his office staff were as excited about what the procedure could do for my body as I was! From the initial consultation through the pre-op visit, Dr. White made sure he answered any questions I had (as well as those I did not know to ask). I left his office excited at the prospect of the new me and confident that I was in the best hands possible. Dr. White is first and foremost an amazing surgeon --- but he is also a compassionate human being. His follow up care is second to none. He even called me over the weekend at home after my surgery to make sure everything was all right and that I did not have any questions. I did not at the time, but it meant a lot to me that he took that time to check on me. Dr. White and his staff are like having your own personal cheering section in your corner. They have been as excited with my results as I have and their excitement makes me even more excited. Dr. White does amazing work and he makes sure that the results are the best they can be. My stomach is his art piece and I couldn't ask for a better artist! I never knew just how much having this procedure would change my life. I want to thank you Dr. White and your staff for helping me in my journey to be the person I have worked so hard to become. "- B. P. / Office Visit / Nov 06, 2007
"Dr. White, you are my hero. You have made my tummy go from looking pregnant to hot, hot, hot! I lost 50 lbs before my tummy tuck. I was in bad need of this surgery. Although I lost so much weight, my tummy was still big. You did a super job. Dr. White, you helped my go from a size 20 (pre-diet) to a perfect size 9. And my new belly button couldn't be cuter! Before surgery I was mostly concerned with pain and recovery --- but it was a snap. I convinced a friend to come take care of me the week after surgery because I was afraid I would be in bed in pain. I was not. I had little pain after surgery. The magic pain pump is truly magic. After my hospital stay, I spent a few days in a recliner, but I was completely able to take care of myself. Your bedside manner is amazing. You honestly care for each of your patients. I loved that you came to help me walk after surgery and the fact that you took time out of your busy day to call and check on me after surgery. It is 4 ¬O months after surgery and I am completely healed. I feel great physically and emotionally. And I look great too ... if I may say. I just spent a week on the Mayan Riviera. For the first time in my life, I wore a bikini. And I didn't just wear it --- I spent the week in my bikini! I loved every minute of it. For the first time in10 years, I feel confident in a swimsuit! I am so glad I found you! Thank you so much!"- S. E. / Office Visit / Aug 28, 2012
"Words cannot describe my deepest appreciation for all that you have done for me Dr. White. I feel like I have been reborn. After wanting something for so long and finally getting there, it is still taking me some time to comprehend. I don't believe I am fully aware of the new shape you have given me, but cannot imagine looking better than I already do. Thank you for taking the time to address any fears or concerns that I had. All your constant care has made me feel like a queen. You have truly given me an opportunity to start over. I am forever grateful. Watch out world, here I come!"- L. L. / Office Visit / Mar 16, 2010
"It's been 5 months since my surgery, Dr. White. How time flies! Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome care I received from day one. You and your staff are in a league of their own! I began my personal journey 4 years ago. I did not want to turn 50 and be out of shape and overweight. I begin to eat right and exercise regularly. I truly had to change my outlook and life choices. During the past 4 years I dropped over 80 pounds. Went from size 18 to size 4 ... I never imagined. I had 2 c-sections in the early 80's and even with all the exercise and yoga the skin on my stomach just hung. I began to look into plastic surgeons. I visited 3 surgeons' offices, sometimes never meeting the doctor only his nurses. When I called your office, your staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and a step above. My first appointment was amazing --- every question answered. I actually met the doctor! There was no pressure to make a decision that day. Just a thank you for considering Dr. White!! I walked out of the office and told my husband I don't know when I will have this surgery --- but this will be the man. I could sense his passion and confidence in his practice. This was so reassuring, even though the cost was more than other surgeons, that was a secondary thought. I knew I deserved the best for all my personal accomplishments. And I found him. One month later, I was undergoing my extended tummy tuck. I still remember that morning on the way getting nervous. When I got to the hospital, the staff asked what surgery I was having, when I told them extended tummy tuck...next question...who is your doctor? When I said Dr. White, they said he is the best --- you are so lucky. I was still nervous but when Dr. White showed up with his enthusiasm for the day ahead of us I knew everything would be okay. That evening around midnight Dr. White showed up in my hospital room. He said I am here to help you get up for the first time. I was delightfully surprised. He also showed me my new belly and belly button. Wow! ... was I shocked. I looked amazing!! He then said you're still swollen. After spending 2 nights at the hospital I was sent home to heal. I had a few concerns with my meds. We had to call Dr. White in the late evening. Each time he returned our calls in just minutes, listening to every concern and informed us how to handle each situation. He then thanked me for calling saying that's what I'm here for.I actually wear a bikini!! I kept saying I would never wear one! Shopping is a new world!! I only wish I had cameras running for the past 4 years so the whole world could see this transformation with their own eyes. Friends and family cannot believe the new me. If I had to do it all over again, I would not change a thing. The timing, my attitude and outlook was for right now!! Thank you Dr. White for the outward masterpiece you created. I feel like a piece of art that the artist has sculpted. One word of advice I can give to someone considering this surgery is take the advice of the doctor. Follow everything he says to do. Do your best for Dr. White is doing his very best for you. You will not be disappointed!!!*If anyone ever wanted to talk to someone who has had this surgery or about Dr. White and staff they can call me!!"- M. H. / Office Visit / Feb 22, 2008
Many surgeons recommend a combination of procedures for a tighter, more youthful appearance. Doctors do this to increase the chances of seeing optimal results for many years to come. A few possible combinations of how surgeons combine surgeries may comprise of an upper body lift, which addresses the arms, breasts, neck and abdomen, or a lower body lift, which addresses the abdomen, buttock, hips and thighs.
After weight loss surgery is a serious procedure taking around 4-7 hours on average to complete, although the number varies widely due to the patients unique needs and goals. It is performed under general anesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Scarring is an inevitable part of this surgery, but our talented surgeon uses the latest scar treatment methods to help minimize this as much as possible. For many individuals, after weight loss surgery provides results that are so positive, they are life transforming.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Common Areas Treated?
The most common areas for significant transformation of beauty are seen in the breasts and abdominal area, typically performed during the same surgery. This is sometimes called a Mommy Makeover. In addition, the buttocks, upper thighs, arms, neck, and knees are also common areas treated.
Due to the scope of the procedure, our team recommends that patients need to be close to or have already achieved their ideal reachable weight. However, there are times where taking away excess skin serves as a catalyst to the weight loss process. This is the case when sagging or annoying skin stands in the way of the patient’s workouts or other physical movement.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
As a generality, insurance companies typically do not reimburse clients for the expenses tied to a cosmetic surgery. Our billing coordinator works hard to give accurate assessments of surgical cost as well as thoroughly exploring if insurance can cover any of the cost. Sometimes, insurance will cover the cost for cosmetic surgeries where excess skin becomes a medical issue.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location