What is After Weight Loss Surgery?
Those who experience major weight loss are to be commended, having moved past a big hurdle in life. Unfortunately, while their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, sometimes, they will be faced with additional frustrations. This is due to the stretched-out skin that resides on the body. Massive weight loss often leaves patients with skin that cannot shrink to the new size. Regardless of where the loose skin resides, plastic surgery is necessary to correct the issue. Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers skin removal cosmetic surgery for Reston, VA men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment performed by a member of our team of skilled plastic surgeons and is also the last step in their personal transformation.
What Are The Benefits Of After Weight Loss Surgery?
A customized after weight loss surgery procedure designed by our experienced team of plastic surgeons has a number of great aesthetic and functional benefits, including:
- Removing excess skin
- Reducing extra fat
- Reshaping and recontouring the body
- Achieving an improved overall body aesthetic
- Improving mobility and movement
- Improving posture
- Reducing skin irritation caused by rubbing and chafing
- Providing a boost to self-image and confidence
"First-rate Care and First-rate Results! - Incredibly satisfied with my results. I woke up a couple months after surgery realizing I had forgotten I ever had or needed it in the first place, like I got to grow up without breasts-- and the euphoria from that is so worth it. Incredible both as my first experience with ANY surgery as well as my first experience with cosmetic surgery, Dr. Sigal put me at ease very quickly by being affirming, kind and excited about helping my body match me a little better. Would absolutely recommend Austin-Weston to trans people who are looking to have gender-affirming care by means of cosmetic surgery, and will most likely come back if I ever feel I need it."- F. / RealSelf / Oct 06, 2021
"I love Austin-Weston! The staff is so friendly and very knowledgeable. I went for a procedure called SculptSure and I was a little nervous about getting it done. I was afraid that it would be painful and that I wouldn’t really see any results. I talked with Shima Karimi and she explained to me what to expect in detail. She made sure to check in every 5-10 minutes during the procedure to make sure I was comfortable the whole time. The procedure was short, painless and easy! I can definitely see a big difference and I am super excited to go in for my second round of treatment. Thank you Austin-Weston!"- A.M. / Yelp / Sep 15, 2021
"I am almost done with my bikini and under arm laser hair removal with Shima is truly amazing. If you get jitters or nerves or retract, she is very patience and works with your fears or pain tolerance. Amazing work etiquette and standards all around. Couldn’t ask for a better facility, a better laser and a better esthetician."- H.F. / Yelp / Sep 09, 2021
"Dr. Weston made me look 20 years younger - After losing 110 pounds, I looked in the mirror and realized I lost at least half of that in my face. I felt great and looked awful, skin hanging from my neck and jowls that would make a bulldog jealous. I am very grateful to Austin Weston Clinic and in particular to Dr. Weston for a combination of his medical expertise and his artistic talent to turn back time. I am forever grateful to this wonderful man who made me look 20 years younger."- J. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2021
"I have just had my second session and I already see a different in my waist line - I went to Shima for 2 session of Sculpsure. I had a wonderful experience. She was very detailed in explaining the procedure to me as well as post care. I was very comfortable throughout the procedure and Shima stayed in the room the whole time to ensure I was doing ok. I would definitely recommend going to Shima for your Sculpsure services. I have just had my second session and I already see a different in my waist line."- G. / RealSelf / Sep 06, 2021
Who Is an ideal candidate for After weight loss surgery?
The ideal candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have loose skin due to massive weight loss or fluctuation. In most cases, this issue is visible early on as a patient loses weight. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, this surgery at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can reduce the deformity and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a tighter and healthier look. It is important patients be at their goal weight before considering skin removal surgery.
How is After Weight Loss Surgery Performed?
After weight loss surgery is almost always considered a major treatment. It is performed using general anesthesia and can take about 3 – 7 hours, depending upon the number of procedures being performed. For most patients, an overnight stay is necessary. Liposuction is usually incorporated during the procedure to remove fat tissue, followed by the surgical removal of skin. Plastic surgery of this nature does have the need for larger incisions than other cosmetic procedures so scarring will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Weston to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Weston or a member of the team will give you thorough scar treatment instructions for a healthy outcome.
What Can I Expect Following after weight loss surgery?
Once released from the surgery center, it is important to allow a week or two to rest at home. Tubes may be placed near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments should be worn to minimize swelling. For the average person, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to low-impact activities, but depending on the treatment plan, it may take longer. Dr. Weston finds that most of his patients are back to normal around 4 – 6 months. This surgery can be a life-changer for patients with visible results that are immediate. Once healed, you can wear the clothes you want and partake in activities without excess skin slowing you down.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQ
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Total costs for after weight loss surgery will depend on what's included in your treatment plan. In your consultation, Dr. Weston will develop your treatment plan to fit your concerns. Once your treatment plan is finalized, we can better estimate costs, which will include facility fees, anesthesia, pre- and post-surgical care, and more. So you can focus on getting the results you want from a trusted physician, like Dr. Weston, we accept several payments and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
For the most part, insurance policies do not pay for the expenses associated with cosmetic surgery. However, coverage does vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical concern. If you are planning to use your health insurance, please let Dr. Weston know in your initial consultation. We will help you get the needed paperwork and information to submit to your insurance company.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common body parts that are addressed in this procedure are the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, arms, and breasts. In your initial consultation, Dr. Weston will understand your concerns and goals before completing an exam of your body. When this is done, he can give you his suggestions on what should be part of your after weight loss surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, the areas of excess skin will become more obvious and it's usually around this time that you should schedule your initial consultation at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. In this consultation, Dr. Weston will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be included in your custom treatment plan. Before moving forward with this procedure, you should be at or near a healthy, stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will depend on your surgical plan. If you're getting several areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Weston will let you know what you should expect during your recovery and will provide suggestions to make you more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery will need to be scheduled so Dr. Weston can monitor your progress.
Plan Your Procedure
Reach Your Goals
Weight loss is such a tremendous achievement, and we are so happy for you if you have met your personal transformation. If stretched-out skin is a current challenge, Dr. Weston invites you to learn about your options for plastic surgery. After weight loss surgery could further sculpt your silhouette and help you to achieve and surpass each of the outstanding goals you set for yourself. Contact Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to speak with our patient coordinator.
What Should I Do About My Loose Skin After Major Weight Loss?
You’ve reached your goal weight but have loose, stretched-out skin. Now what? Discover your options for skin removal after weight loss here.Read
Common Questions About After Weight Loss Surgery Answered
Find everything you need to know about body contouring surgery after weight loss here, including the answers to all of your burning questions.Read
Three Benefits Of After-Weight-Loss Surgery
The benefits of after weight loss surgery go far beyond simply looking better in (and out) of your clothes, though that is certainly a perk!Read