After Weight Loss Surgery in Reston, VA
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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
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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.
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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.
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.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
The total cost of after weight loss surgery depends on what's included in your treatment plan. Our experienced plastic surgeons can design a plan based on your areas of concern, then estimate your costs, which may include fees for the facility, anesthesia, pre-and post-surgical care, and more. We take many forms of payment and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Health insurance may not cover the costs of cosmetic surgery. However, coverage does vary and may apply to weight loss patients where excess skin becomes a medical concern. If you are planning to submit a claim to your health insurance, please let us know during an appointment in Reston, VA.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
During the course of losing weight, the areas of excess skin will become more obvious. This is around the time you should book a consultation at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. We can talk about how to prepare for your after weight loss surgery and what might be included in your treatment plan. Patients should be at or near their weight loss goals before undergoing a body contouring procedure.
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 apparent, and it is usually a good time to schedule a consultation at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. During this consultation, Dr. Weston can talk about how to prepare for your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your surgical plan. Before scheduling after weight loss surgery, you need to be at or near a stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary depending on how many areas you are addressing during after weight loss surgery. If you have many areas treated, it will take you longer to recover. During your initial consultation, Dr. Weston will talk to you about what you should expect after surgery and provide suggestions to make you more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Weston can monitor your recovery.
What can I eat after weight loss surgery?
The diet after weight loss surgery progresses in stages, starting with clear liquids and then gradually introducing pureed, soft, and solid foods. Patients are advised to focus on protein-rich foods, stay hydrated, and avoid high-calorie or sugary options.