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About Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss in Houston
When skin is stretched extensively from significant weight gain, it often loses elasticity. After massive weight loss, redundant skin remains. While exercise can help tone and tighten some areas, it cannot fully address loose skin, hanging folds, and deposits of fat.
Plastic surgery after significant weight loss is tailored to address these concerns. It is not a substitute for weight loss itself but rather a way to complete the weight loss journey. This body contouring surgery removes excess skin and fat to reveal an improved body shape and profile.
Benefits Beyond Appearance
Ideal Candidates for Post-Weight Loss Surgery
Key Procedures in Post-Weight Loss Surgery
Preparing for Your Procedure
Before considering plastic surgery after weight loss, it’s essential to reach and maintain your goal weight for at least three to six months. This stability is crucial for the success of the surgical procedures.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Vitenas will discuss your goals, evaluate your health, explain the surgical options, and what each one involves. He will also provide detailed preoperative instructions to ensure you are fully prepared for surgery.
Procedure Overview: Achieving Your Body Goals
The specific procedures involved in your post-weight loss surgery will depend on your individual needs and goals. Dr. Vitenas will develop a personalized surgical plan during your initial consultation. Here’s a general overview of what you might expect:
- The procedure starts with the administration of anesthesia to help you reach a level of comfort throughout the entire surgery. Dr. Vitenas and his team will prepare the surgical area based on the specific procedure(s) being performed.
Surgical cuts are strategically placed to reduce visible scarring marks left on the skin. The length and arrangement of the incisions will be based on how much excess skin needs removal and where it is on the body.
Skin and Fat Removal
Unwanted skin and fat is eliminated with care. The remaining tissues are molded and made taut.
Closing the Incisions
The incisions are then closed with sutures, skin adhesives, or clips.
You’ll be taken to a recovery area where your condition will be monitored as you wake up from the anesthesia.
The Recovery Process
Recovery from plastic surgery after weight loss varies depending on the specific procedures performed and the individual patient’s health. Generally, patients should plan for a recovery period of around four to six weeks.
During this time, it’s essential to follow all post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Vitenas and his team. This can include wearing compression clothes, avoiding straining motions, and taking doctor-approved medications. Light exercise, such as walking, can help promote healing and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Over time, as the swelling subsides and the incision lines fade, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the smoother, firmer, and more proportionate body contours achieved through your surgery.
Cost of Post-Weight Loss Surgery
The cost of plastic surgery after weight loss can vary greatly depending on the specific procedures performed. These procedures are usually considered cosmetic and are not typically covered by insurance. However, some insurance companies may cover procedures to remove excess skin after significant weight loss if it is deemed medically necessary. During your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will provide a detailed cost estimate for your personalized surgical plan.
Body Contouring Surgery Results
The results of plastic surgery after weight loss can be transformative, both physically and emotionally. While initial improvements are often visible immediately after surgery, the full results may take several months as swelling subsides and the body adjusts to its new contours. Scars from the incisions will continue to fade over time, becoming less noticeable.
Living a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a stable weight and regular exercise, can help maintain and enhance the results of your surgery. However, aging and other factors can still affect your body’s appearance over time. Despite this, most patients find that the increased self-confidence and improved quality of life make contouring surgery well worth it.
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Why Choose Dr. Vitenas
for Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
When considering plastic surgery after significant weight loss, it is important to choose a surgeon with expertise in this area. Dr. Vitenas is a top choice for post-weight loss body contouring for several reasons:
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss in HoustonFAQ
It is advisable to consider plastic surgery when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and have maintained that weight for 12-18 months. This stability is crucial for the success of your plastic surgery.
The likelihood of needing skin removal surgery increases with the amount of weight lost. When your weight increases, your skin stretches more, making it less probable that it will return to its original tightness. Therefore, for a significant weight loss, such as 100 pounds, you may need plastic surgery to address the excess skin.
After major weight loss, plastic surgery can involve many procedures like abdominoplasty, liposuction, brachioplasty, mastopexy, thighplasty, body lift, and facial rejuvenation. The specific procedures will depend on your individual needs and goals.
Recovery largely depends on the specific procedures performed. Patients should anticipate a recuperation time of four to six weeks, during which strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided.
All surgical procedures result in some residual scarring. However, a skilled surgeon like Dr. Vitenas will use techniques to minimize the visibility of scars and place them in less noticeable areas.