Individuals who lose a significant amount of weight are often left with loose and hanging skin. Many look to one of Houston’s board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Lapuerta, for after weight loss surgery to complete their transformation. This surgery is a combination of procedures that remove loose skin while tightening the underlying tissue and muscles. It is a common surgery for individuals who lose 100 pounds or more and is especially common among bariatric weight loss patients. Dr. Lapuerta performs After Weight Loss Surgery in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, TX.
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"Dr. Lapuerta and his staff give excellent patient care. I am so very please with the results of my abdominal revision/ belt lipectomy. My husband is also very happy with the results. This procedure has done a lot for my self esteem. I felt I was in good hands and he was a phone call away if I had a question. They have been with me every step of the way. I really appreciate the great care and would recommend them to my friends and family."- C.L. / Google / Jan 08, 2018
"Love Dr. Lapuerta and his staff! They are professional, always available to you, and they make you feel comfortable in their office. They listen to your concerns and wants without pushing you into making a decision right away. I would highly recommend this office!"- M.C. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"Loved the whole experience! Everything was explained clearly. The staff was great and made me feel comfortable and welcomed, after the procedure I was sore but not in pain. I’m very happy with my results, it was absolutely worth the pay!"- C.R. / Healthgrades / Dec 14, 2017
Weight loss patients will consider after weight loss surgery to correct or enhance one or more of the following conditions:
- Deflated and sagging breasts with nipples that point downward
- Loose and hanging skin on the abdomen
- Excess skin and pockets of fat on the hips
- Excess and deflated skin on and under the buttocks
- Loose and hanging skin around the knees and inner thighs
- Hanging skin on the underside of the arms (“bat wings”)
Loose and hanging skin on the neck (“turkey neck”)
The goal of after weight loss surgery is to reduce the amount of loose skin that collects and hangs on the body and to lift the body part, so it appears tighter. Multiple areas of the body may need to be addressed, depending on the needs of each patient. Most surgeons will group body parts together and stage them multiple surgeries. Doing so helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss and infection. Examples of this grouping include:
- Upper body (Liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift)
- Lower body (Liposuction, butt lift, thigh lift, lower body lift)
After weight loss surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Patients are usually required to spend the night in the hospital so they can be monitored. The recovery following this surgery can be a slow process. While the post-surgical results can be life-changing for many weight loss patients, scarring is an unfortunate part of this process. Every attempt is made during surgery to minimize scarring as much as possible. Patients should adhere to a healthy lifestyle so that the results achieved through surgery are not compromised.
The cost for a combination surgery to remove skin following a massive weight loss will vary. Certain factors such as the number of procedures performed (abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh lift, etc.), combined with the number of surgical settings, hospital stay, anesthesia, etc., will play a role in determining the final cost. On average, patients can expect to pay at least $7,000-$15,000.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Outpatient
After Weight Loss FAQs
Common Body Parts?
Common body parts that may need skin reduction surgery include the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms and neck. The breasts and abdomen are among two of the most popular areas addressed. A large majority of individuals will address the breasts (with a breast lift), and the tummy (with a tummy tuck) in a single surgery. As you lose weight, you will notice which areas are most concerning, and you can begin discussing cosmetic surgery with your plastic surgeon.
Most plastic surgeons require patients to be at or near their goal weight before moving forward with this surgery. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, removing the loose skin is all it takes to accelerate the loss of the final pounds—especially if the loose skin is getting in the way of exercise and mobility.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
In most cases, no. Insurance companies consider this surgery to be cosmetic, and they usually do not cover any of the surgical expenses. However, each surgical case is different and may have a special circumstance. Our billing coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and thoroughly checks the benefits of each provider.