After Weight Loss Surgery (Post-Bariatric Body Contouring) – Houston, TX

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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.

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