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
"Aesthetica is indeed one of the best cosmetic surgery and laser centers in Loudoun. Dr. Chang is a born artist. Highly recommended!"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 07, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Chang and the staff at Aesthetica. The positive, caring staff, including nurse Katy, were outstanding every step of the way, as are the results Dr. Chang delivered. I am 100 percent satisfied with my procedure and will return. Choosing Aesthetica was a wonderful decision. Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!"- L. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
"This past Tuesday I had a Botox treatment with Melanie. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable and caring she was throughout the procedure. The way she communicated put me at ease and gave me comfort. She has a natural ability to make patients feel safe and confident. This experience surpassed my expectations and I fully plan on recommending her to all of my friends. Aesthetica is a top notch Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center run by Dr. Chang who is always friendly, caring and knows how to help a woman achieve her cosmetic goals."- T.R. / Facebook / Jul 18, 2019
"My name is Carmen, and I live in Lucketts, Virginia. Back in May of 2016 I had an accident with our dog, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier. The dog leaped up and bit me on the center of my upper lip, causing the skin to rip open. I was very upset and scared, and I was also concerned that my face would be permanently disfigured for the rest of my life.My husband John took me that Sunday afternoon to the Emergency room of Loudoun Hospital. After waiting one hour, the nurse cleaned my lip and gave me a tetanus injection. Then they told me there was no surgeon that evening, so a nurse practitioner would do the stitches on my lip. I was very worried, so I asked for a plastic surgeon, and they said that was impossible, because the only one available was out of the office that day. However, they said they would try to reach him. They did call him, and Dr. PHILLIP CHANG came to treat me after an hour. I am grateful for life to him, not only because he really is a magician the way that he stitched me, also the fact that he offered to come to the hospital on Sunday on his weekend evening without even knowing me.He treated me with kindness and great professionalism and care. He calmed my nerves and was all about optimism from the start. He assured me that, by using a proper method, nearly all of my injury would not be visible because of his experience in treating similar cases. He sewed the wound carefully, and then treated me so well that there is almost no evidence of the injury.I highly recommend DR. PHILLIP CHANG for such an injury. There are not enough words I can find to express my gratitude to him. That’s the reason I am writing my story. HE IS THE BEST.-Carmen Lucketts, VirginiaSent from my iPad"- C.D. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
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.