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.
Before & After Photos
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
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.
During / After Surgery
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.
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.