After Weight Loss Surgery
Individuals who experience major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big hurdle in life. Unfortunately, while their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, sometimes they will face additional frustrations. This is due to the hanging skin that remains on the body. Massive weight loss often leaves men and women with skin that cannot shrink to the new shape. No matter where the hanging skin resides, skin removal surgery is necessary to correct the issue. Cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams performs after weight loss surgery for Baton Rouge, LA patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge and is also the last step in their personal transformation.
The best individuals for skin removal and tightening surgery are those who are dealing with hanging folds of skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. In most cases, this challenge is seen early on as a patient loses weight. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, after weight loss surgery at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge can reduce the issue and secure the remaining tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be near or at a healthy weight before having this procedure.
After weight loss surgery is typically considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and lasts between 3 – 7 hours, varying based on the number of areas being treated. For most patients, a hospital stay is necessary. Liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to remove pockets of fat, followed by skin removal. This surgery does have the need for larger incisions than other cosmetic procedures so scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Williams to create the incisions as discreetly as possible. Dr. Williams or a member of his team will also give you detailed scar treatment instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from the hospital, you will need to schedule enough time to rest at home. Small tubes may be inserted near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to assist with swelling. For most patients, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until they can resume normal activities, but considering the complexity of the surgery, it may take longer. On average, Dr. Williams finds that most of his patients experience optimal healing after about six months. After weight loss surgery can be a life changer for patients with noticeable outcomes that are immediate. Once healed, you can wear clothing you want and become more active without hanging skin getting in your way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
The cost for after weight loss surgery varies based on what's included in your treatment. In your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will develop your custom treatment plan to fit your concerns. When your treatment plan is finalized, he can then estimate costs, which will include fees for the facility, anesthesia, care before and after your surgery, and more. So you can concentrate on getting great results from a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon, like Dr. Williams, we take several payments and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Generally, health insurance does not pay for the costs of elective surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical issue. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let Dr. Williams know in your initial consultation. 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 a part of this procedure are the stomach, butt, thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. In your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will understand your concerns and goals 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?
As you start to lose a lot of weight, excess skin will become visible and it's usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge. In this consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your surgical plan. Before scheduling surgery, you need to be at or near a healthy, stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on how many areas you are addressing during after weight loss surgery. If you are having several areas treated, it will take you longer to recover. In your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss what you can expect after surgery and what may make you more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge should be scheduled so Dr. Williams can assess your recovery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 5 – 7 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5 – 10 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such a huge accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you have finally met your weight loss goals. If sagging and wrinkly skin is a new frustration, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams invites you to learn more about your alternatives for plastic surgery at our Baton Rouge, LA office. After weight loss surgery could further sculpt your physique and help you to meet and surpass each of the amazing goals you made for yourself. Contact Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge to schedule your consultation.