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.
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.