After Weight Loss Surgery
Those who accomplish major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big roadblock in life. While their new figure represents a proud accomplishment, in many cases, they will face new frustrations. This is often due to the stretched-out skin left behind on the body. Massive weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot adapt and shrink to the new slimmer figure. No matter where the skin deformity resides, surgical intervention may be necessary to reduce the issue. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion performs skin removal surgery for Houston, TX patients. This can be a life-changing procedure at Luminary Plastic Surgery and is also a final step in the personal transformation of many individuals.
The best individuals for skin removal surgery are those who are dealing with loose skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Generally, this challenge is noticed early on as the body gets smaller. If you have hanging skin, after weight loss surgery at Luminary Plastic Surgery can remove the issue and secure the underlying tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be at a healthy weight before undergoing this surgery.
Cosmetic skin removal surgery is generally considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and can take between 3 – 7 hours, depending on how many procedures are being performed. In most cases, a hospital stay is necessary. Fat removal is often used during the procedure to remove isolated fat pockets, followed by skin excision. Surgical skin removal does require longer incisions compared to less invasive cosmetic procedures so scarring will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Couvillion to place the incisions as discreetly as possible. Dr. Couvillion or a member of his team will give you in-depth scar care instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from the surgery center, you will need to take a few days to rest at home. Small tubes may be placed near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to limit swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume everyday activities, but considering the treatment plan, it may take longer. Dr. Couvillion finds that most of his patients are healed around six months. This surgery can be a life-changer for patients with visible results that are immediate. Once healed, you will be able to wear clothing you want and move freely without excess skin slowing you down.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Total costs for after weight loss surgery varies based on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will create your personalized treatment plan to fit your areas of concern. When this is determined, he can then estimate your costs, which will include facility fees, anesthesia, care before and after your surgery, and more. In order for you to concentrate on getting great results from a trusted plastic surgeon, like Dr. Couvillion, we take several payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance companies, on the whole, will not pay for the costs of elective surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical problem. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let Dr. Couvillion know in your 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 addressed in this procedure are the stomach, butt, upper thighs, arms, breasts, and neck. In your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will understand your needs and concerns 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?
During the course of losing weight, the areas of excess skin will become more obvious and it's usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at Luminary Plastic Surgery. In this initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will discuss what you should do before your procedure and what areas should be part of your treatment plan. Before scheduling this procedure, it is important to keep in mind that you should be at or near your goal weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on the extent of your surgery. If you had several areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. In your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will let you know what you can expect after surgery and tips to make you feel more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at Luminary Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Couvillion can assess your healing.
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such a tremendous accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you have managed to successfully meet your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, Dr. Couvillion invites you to learn more about your available options for after weight loss surgery. After weight loss surgery could further transform your body and help you to meet and surpass all of the outstanding goals you have made for yourself. Contact Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX for more information.