Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring
What is post-weight loss surgery?
Even with the benefit of modern bariatric surgical procedures, weight loss remains a long-term project, especially for those afflicted by morbid obesity. Once the bulk of the fat has been eliminated, excess skin frequently remains: an aesthetically unpleasant reminder of what once was. Opting for plastic surgery after major weight loss can help bring the patient’s journey toward health and fitness to a satisfactory conclusion. At Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Mark E. Richards offers his wide-ranging expertise in plastic surgery to those from around the world facing life after massive weight loss. With his help, they can rid themselves of the last vestiges of obesity and get on with the next exciting phase of their lives.
Benefits and Limitations of Post-Weight Loss Surgery
Excess skin can conceal the effects of massive weight loss, making some patients feel self-conscious about their bodies and reducing their pride and satisfaction in their accomplishment. Post-weight loss surgery can help reveal the hard work that individuals have completed in choosing a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, excess skin can cause painful chafing, rashes, and even infections. It can be difficult to keep the skin under the drooping tissue clean. When considering post-weight loss body contouring, patients should be aware that there will likely be permanent scarring where the skin was removed, though most people do not mind their appearance once these marks have healed.
Post-Weight Loss Surgery Treatments
A plan of plastic surgery after weight loss typically involves several procedures that are performed over the course of several visits. Many post-bariatric patients secure the services of Ageless Impressions — Plastic Surgery Institute due to the acclaim and success of Dr. Richards in carrying out all of these surgeries. A circumferential body lift is often chosen as an initial procedure that addresses the abdomen, lower and middle back, outer thighs, buttocks, groin, and mons pubis areas simultaneously! Some of the other procedures and techniques often utilized include:
- Viora™ Reaction Skin Tightening
- Cheek lift
- Neck lift
- Tummy tuck
- Arm lift
- Inner (medial) thigh lift
- Outer (lateral) thigh lift
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Non-surgical facial rejuvenation
Each of these treatments serves to remove excess skin and tighten that which remains. This step is often unavoidable in the recovery from obesity, because extremely large fat deposits can stretch the skin to its limits. As a result, the skin loses its elasticity and cannot tighten to the new, slimmer form unaided.
Customized Treatment Planning
Some patients seeking restorative plastic surgery after weight loss choose to undergo additional procedures, such as liposuction, cheek lift, neck lift, and breast augmentation, in order to fine-tune their final appearance. Dr. Richards can advise his clients as to which of them might offer the greatest benefits. Prospective patients are encouraged to explore our website to learn more about each individual procedure. This great variety of procedures can take significant time and require long recovery periods, but when judiciously employed, the powers of modern cosmetic surgery can transform an individual who was once morbidly obese into a healthy, self-confident person.
Cost of Post-Weight Loss Surgery
The price of post-weight loss surgery will vary from individual to individual depending on the techniques used in their treatment program. According to recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the national average cost for a lower body lift in 2016 ranged from $5,700 to $16,000, excluding facility, hospital, and anesthesia costs. Other procedures have different average costs, but this number only refers to the average surgeon’s fee. Total plastic surgery costs will include fees for the facility in which the operation is performed, as well as a fee for the anesthesiologist. During your initial consultation, Dr. Richards will go over the anticipated cost for your personalized plan. Our medical team will also provide a detailed quote that includes expected costs. We believe this helps our patients make the best decision for their goals, lifestyle, and budget. Learn more about your options on our medical payments page.
Those seeking plastic surgery after a successful weight loss that has left them with unsightly, droopy skin are encouraged to contact us today to set up a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Mark E. Richards and take the last steps toward total physical rejuvenation. If you are interested in any other procedures not listed on this site, please tell us so and we will be happy to speak with you about them.