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 struggled with this because I knew in my heart what I wanted to say, but I couldn't think of the words I wanted to use that hadn't already been said or sounded cliche-ish. I started thinking about the difference between what Dr. White accomplishes and what other plastic surgeons do and it brought to mind the difference between a cook and a chef. A cook is someone who can prepare food that will supply the nourishment that a body needs. But a chef is someone who prepares food not just for nourishment, but for pleasure. Chefs use basic food items to create a masterpiece that is not only pleasing to the taste, but to the eye. Chefs create from their heart and, if you've ever watched them in action, really enjoy the process of producing something special. That is exactly how Dr. White performs ‚Äì he puts his heart into what he is doing for people and obviously enjoys what he does. He is not just a doctor and a surgeon ‚Äì he is an artist. What he is able to accomplish is more than can be learned in any classroom or from any textbook. His talent comes from God. I was referred to Dr. White by a friend who had used him for two different procedures and had nothing but good things to say. The first time I met Dr. White, I immediately understood what my friend was talking about. Dr. White is friendly ‚Äì instantly treating you as if he has known you all his life (that's that Texas upbringing!) ‚Äì and professional in his dress and mannerisms. He spends as much time with you as necessary ‚Äì even if it causes his schedule to back up ‚Äì explaining everything he is doing in easy-to-understand terms and descriptions. He answers questions thoroughly ‚Äì although not always giving you the answer you want! ‚Äì and explains the reason for his answers. He involves all your family members and support people in the entire procedure. He's like a coach of a team ‚Äì explaining the plays, the expectations, and the desired outcomes. Dr. White made me feel comfortable about my decision to proceed with the surgery from the first time we met. Dr. White's main focus is his patients. This was evident not only during my pre-op visits, but after surgery, too. He visited me every day in the hospital, always smiling and encouraging me along the way. He even put up with a few after hours panic calls once I got home and my family had to do everything without the wonderful hospital staff. Dr. White's excitement and encouragement has continued throughout all the post-op office visits weeks after surgery. I am pleased beyond words with the result of my surgery and the support of Dr. White, his incredible office staff, and my family. The decision to have a plastic surgery procedure was out of character for me, but I am glad I did it. And if I ever decide to have another procedure, Dr. White will be the first person I will call!"- C. G. / Office Visit / Jun 27, 2013
"I am writing this review in hopes that others would have the privilege to have the best doctor in the world make your body into a master piece. I had gastric bypass 2.5 years ago and needless to say after losing 110lbs my body was just deflected. I thought after losing all this weight I would feel fabulous but I didn't. I actually felt worse. So began my hunt for a plastic surgeon to help me regain my confidence. My search went through 10 plus surgeons until I found Dr. White I normally wouldn't have paid for a consultation but I had read so many positive reviews and set through so many dreaded consultations I thought what the heck lets give it a try. So I called and scheduled my appointment. I walked into the office it was so different, then the moment came when Dr. White walked into the room and I have to say all of my fears and worries just disappeared. He spent over two hours talking with me and my husband answering all of our questions he wasn't like the rest he genuinely cared about me and hearing all of my needs, wants, and desires. So the time came when we talked about cost YES the dreaded part. I will say this he is not cheap by any means but the ole saying is so very true "you get what you pay for". And believe me he is worth every penny he charges! So now your thinking how would I know this? Well I also had several Weightloss friends that were having tummy tucks at the same time as I was so we walked this journey together and my journey compared to theirs was worth the money I paid extra for. My poor girlfriends that had their surgery is now having to come see Dr. White to fix all the horrible work their surgeons did. Dr. White spent 10 hours on my body yes 10 hours he took his time he made me perfect and to think I never even needed 1 pain pill and not even 1 bruise was caused on my body. Dr. White has completely changed my life he truely cares about people and takes pride in his work. I can not begin to thank him enough for the new me!"- R.A. / Google / Nov 18, 2016
"Top notch care and results. I received a tummy tuck in 09/2016 due to massive weight loss and the results and care were nothing but amazing. I would recommend Dr. White to anyone looking to get this type of surgery done. Everyone at Dr. Whites office are super nice and helpful. He or his staff came and visited me every day while in the hospital and helped me more than they should have. I honestly do not have anything bad to say about my care or results from Dr. White and his services. I feel this was one of the best choices I have made!"- T.L. / Google / Jun 24, 2017
"I have battled a weight problem for most of my life. I had gastric bypass surgery and then lost 100 pounds, leaving me feeling better than ever, but with excess skin around the belly and with droopy breasts. I had known Dr. White at my heaviest, and I knew I only wanted him to do my tummy tuck and breast lift long before I ever had it done. As an ER physician, I often called Dr. White in to fix a laceration of the face or a badly damaged hand. He always gave his patients extra time and attention and I watched as he took added steps I didn't see other doctors do to insure the best results. I know a lot of plastic surgeons, but knew I wanted the expertise of Dr. White for my surgery. He is a man of details and he believes in doing the job right --- the first time. He and his staff always made me feel comfortable and never rushed. Sometimes doctors have a hard time letting someone else be in charge, but I had complete confidence in Dr. White. I did these procedures to feel better about myself and it has changed my life. I am now engaged to be married and am thrilled with my results! I know Dr. White has changed my life and I am grateful to him and his staff. Thanks again Dr. White!"- S. G. / Office Visit / Dec 29, 2014
"After having weight loss surgery, along with multiple pregnancies, I had lose skin in my abdominal area. I was so self conscious when wearing almost everything. I started searching for a plastic surgeon. After reading reviews for weeks, I decided to have a consult with Dr. White. I called to make an appointment. Jamie was amazing at answering the multitude of questions I had. I felt at ease from the beginning. Once meeting with Dr. White I knew hands down he was the surgeon I was going to use for my tummy tuck. I booked it that day. I had waited too long. I was so worried I would end up on an episode of botched. I am now 5 months out from having my tummy tuck. My only regret is not having it done sooner. That man is an artist. He raised the bar and exceeded my expectations. I can’t stop looking at myself in the mirror!! My stomach is so flat with a hourglass figure! Since my tummy tuck, I’ve also had Dr. White do my breast lift. Again, he knocked it out of the park. His work literally amazes me. I’m so glad I was his canvas. I have two more procedures on the books. Let me tell you, you will not go to anyone else once he works on you. Have confidence in knowing he is the BEST plastic surgeon in the United States! The entire office is amazing!! Melanie is always there to help in everyday. Dr. White has placed the perfect staff to accommodate his patients. I’m beyond blessed knowing this office is always there when I need them!!"- F.H. / Google / Sep 28, 2021
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