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 by plastic surgeon Dr. George Weston and is also the last step in their personal transformation.
"Austin-Weston is amazing. My first experience with them was in 2007 when I had a life-changing breast reduction. I healed quickly, had minimal scarring and was able to finally buy a shirt that buttoned within weeks of the surgery. 10 years later, I'm still thrilled with the results.For the past year, I've been seeing Savannah for laser hair removal of some hair in undesirable places. Each time, Savannah is incredibly nice and gentle... And there's a noticeable difference each time. After 6 full sessions and a few touch ups, you can't even tell! And after 30 years on this earth, she informed me that I did not have oily skin and switched me over to an Austin-Weston moisturizer that has greatly improved my complexion and made my skin look so much better!The hair removal has greatly improved my confidence and I'm so excited about the results!"- N.C. / Yelp / Dec 11, 2017
"I can’t rave enough about the Austin-Weston cosmetic surgery center. The staff are warm, welcoming and most important very knowledgeable. I have been several times for skin treatments from Shima Karimi and will only go with her. She is fantastic, very knowledgeable, answers all your questions and never tries to up sale you on any treatment. She actually suggested I do less; awesome! The treatment was easy and after following her guidance recovery was a breeze."- M.B. / Yelp / May 14, 2021
"Just got home from having surgery with Dr Sigal. I just want to express my gratitude to him and all staff here. Everyone there was awesome from start to finish! I was terrified to have this done but they made me feel relaxed and safe. I can’t say enough..I am so thankful that I went here for this procedure. Dr. Sigal is amazing!"- A.M. / Yelp / May 11, 2021
"Had an absolute fantastic experience at Austin. Had services done a decade ago and still getting feedback on how good I look. So happy with the services provided by Dr. Poindexter and the rest of the staff that I returned for more services this year. Again ecstatic with results. Can’t say enough except I was/am so pleased that I returned for additional services and referred two family members for services as well. Lots of trust in the team."- N.C. / Google / May 02, 2021
"Had an absolute fantastic experience at Austin. Had services done a decade ago and still getting feedback on how good I look. So happy with the services provided by Dr. Poindexter and the rest of the staff that I returned for more services this year. Again ecstatic with results. Can’t say enough except I was/am so pleased that I returned for additional services and referred two family members for services as well. Lots of trust in the team."- N.C. / Google / May 01, 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.
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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.
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