Post Weight Loss Surgery: Life after weight loss due to surgery or diet and exercise can be difficult for many women and men. While you have taken an important step towards becoming a healthier person, often how you feel inside does not match how you look on the outside. The extra skin you are left with can be uncomfortable, lead to infections and make it difficult to find clothes that fit correctly.
What type of surgeries am I candidate for after massive weight loss?
Ideal candidates are in good health, have made lifestyle changes that support their new healthy weight and diet and have realistic expectations. In order to help patient’s achieve their ideal body contour any number of the below procedures may be indicated:
Every person’s body responds and heals differently. In general individuals who are older and have been significantly overweight for longer periods of time tend to have more skin laxity and less elasticity. These factors have to be taken into consideration when planning body contouring after weight loss. Patients who have undergone bariatic surgery have an additional consideration due to nutritional alterations secondary to surgery. These alterations can lead to issues with wound healing after surgery if they are not properly addressed. Our surgeons are familiar with the changes that occur after massive weight loss, both physically and mentally, and are here to be supportive on your life – changing journey.
The ideal patient has been stable at or near their goal weight for at least 3-6 months. In general for bariatric patients this is extended to be at least one year from the time of surgery. Patience at this step will help us to help you achieve the best aesthetic result.
Will insurance cover my surgeries?
At times depending on your insurance carrier, insurance will cover to remove excess skin if you have significant documented medical problems from the excess skin. This refers to skin infections, rashes etc. that have required multiple trips and treatments by your primary care doctor or bariatric doctor. Our office does accept CareCredit financing in order to help with out of pocket expenses associated with many of the procedures.
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Our surgeon pays great attention to detail when performing aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. He performs breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, and brachioplasty (arm surgery).