After Weight Loss Surgery
Patients who accomplish major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big roadblock in life. The downside: while their new figure represents a proud accomplishment, in many cases, they will face new frustrations. This is often due to the loose and wrinkly skin left behind on the body. Massive weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot shrink to the new, smaller size. No matter where the sagging skin resides, surgical intervention is necessary to eliminate the issue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou performs aesthetic skin removal for Houston, TX patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Lou Plastic Surgery and is also a final step in their personal transformation.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
The best individuals for skin removal surgery are those who are dealing with excessive loose skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Generally, this challenge is noticed early on as weight is lost. If you have hanging skin, surgery at Lou 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 areas where fat exists, followed by skin excision. After weight loss surgery does require longer incisions than less invasive cosmetic procedures so scarring will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Lou to place the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Lou or a member of his team will give you comprehensive 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 reduce swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume regular activities, but considering the treatment plan, it may take longer. Dr. Lou 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 sagging 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. At your initial consultation, Dr. Lou 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 doctor, like Dr. Lou, we take several payments 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. Lou 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, neck, and breasts. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lou 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 Lou Plastic Surgery. In this initial consultation, Dr. Lou will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your treatment plan. Before scheduling this procedure, you need to 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. At your initial consultation, Dr. Lou will let you know what you can expect after surgery and give you tips to make you feel more comfortable during recovery. Appointments for follow-up exams at Lou Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Lou can assess your healing.
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such an outstanding accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you finally met your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, Dr. Lou invites you to learn more about your alternatives for cosmetic skin removal. After weight loss surgery could further transform your body and help you to meet and surpass all of the outstanding goals you made for yourself. Contact Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX for more information.