After Weight Loss Surgery
Women and men alike who undergo major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big burden in life. Oftentimes, unfortunately, while their weight loss represents a proud accomplishment, some individuals will face more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the sagging and loose skin that resides on the body. Massive weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot shrink to the new body frame. No matter where the skin laxity resides, plastic surgery is necessary to rid the issue. Plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang performs skin removal cosmetic surgery for Leesburg, VA patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center and is also a lasting step in their personal transformation. Call our Leesburg, VA office to learn more about how after weight loss surgery can help you.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Great patient care!!! Felt relaxed and comfortable through my procedures and can’t wait to see the results when the bandages come off."- M.E. / Google / Oct 20, 2018
"Compassionate, soothing and knowledgeable are his staff and Dr.Chang."- D.L. / Google / Oct 19, 2018
"Great doctor I travel from Alaska to see my sister and Dr Chang he always has pointers on what to do. Thank you"- R.R. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
"Dr. Chang and his staff help me to keep my skin youthful throughout the year in a peaceful setting. His staff is kind and helpful. Dr. Chang keeps me apprised of the new treatments available and how they can improve my appearance. I highly recommend scheduling an appointment."- B.B. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
The best individuals for after weight loss surgery are those who are dealing with stretched and hanging skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Most often, this challenge is visible early on as the body begins to change shape. If you are challenged by loose skin, this surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center can eliminate the issue and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients are close to a healthy weight before considering skin removal surgery.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is almost always considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and on average takes between 3 – 7 hours, depending upon the combination of procedures being performed. Usually, a hospital stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often integrated during the procedure to remove fat tissue, followed by the surgical removal of skin. Plastic surgery of this nature does make longer incisions than most other cosmetic procedures, so varying degrees of scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Chang to make the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Chang or a member of his team will give you specific scar healing instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from our care, you will need to allow a week or two to rest at home. Small tubes may be implanted near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to minimize swelling. For the average person, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to low-impact activities but considering the level of invasiveness, it may take longer. Dr. Chang finds that most of his patients are back to normal around six months. Skin removal surgery can be a life changer for patients, with amazing results that are immediate. Once healed, you will feel confident and wear clothing you want and partake in activities without layers of wrinkled skin keeping you from the things you love to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Total costs for after weight loss surgery will depend on what it a part of your treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Chang will be able to go over all the details and discuss financing options.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance companies, for the most part, will not cover the expenses associated with cosmetic surgery. However, coverage does vary and sometimes may apply to weight loss patients where loose skin becomes a medical problem. Our billing coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and will thoroughly check the benefits of each provider.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Typical body parts that are addressed for surgery are the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms, and neck. The most common areas for improvement include the breasts and abdominal area, which can usually be done at the same time.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
During the course of losing weight, the areas of loose skin will become more obvious and it is usually around this time that you should schedule a consultation at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. At your initial consultation, Dr. Chang can talk to you about how to prepare for your surgery and what might be included in your treatment plan. Before moving forward with this procedure, you should be at or near your goal weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary depending on the extent of your surgery. If you had many areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. During your consultation, Dr. Chang will let you know what you should expect during your recovery and tips to help you feel more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center will need to be scheduled so Dr. Chang can monitor your healing.
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such an awesome accomplishment, and we are so happy for you for meeting your personal transformation. If stretched-out skin is a problem, Dr. Chang invites you to learn more about your alternatives for skin removal and body contouring. After weight loss surgery could further improve your silhouette and help you to meet and surpass each and every one of the exciting goals you made for yourself. Contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to speak with our patient coordinator.