After Weight Loss Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL*

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After Weight Loss Surgery

Men and women who experience major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big hurdle in life. In some cases, however, while their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, sometimes they will face additional frustrations. This is due to the stretched-out skin that remains on the body. Massive weight loss often leaves men and women with skin that cannot shrink to the new, slimmer figure. No matter where the skin deformity resides, skin removal surgery is necessary to reduce the issue. Plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. performs skin removal cosmetic surgery for St. Petersburg, FL patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery and is also the last step in their personal transformation.

Ideal Candidates

The best individuals for skin removal and tightening surgery are those who are dealing with loose skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. In most cases, this challenge is seen early on as the body gets smaller. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, after weight loss surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery can reduce the issue and secure the remaining tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be near a healthy weight before having this procedure.

Surgical Technique

After weight loss surgery is typically considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and lasts between 3 – 7 hours, varying based on the number of procedures being performed. For most patients, a hospital stay is necessary. Liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to remove isolated fat pockets, followed by skin removal. Surgical skin removal does have the need for longer incisions than other cosmetic procedures, so scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. O'Brien to create the incisions as discreetly as possible. Dr. O'Brien or a member of his team will give you in-depth scar treatment instructions for a healthy outcome.

What to Expect

When you are released from the hospital, you will need to schedule enough time to rest at home. Small tubes may be inserted near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to limit swelling. For most patients, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can resume everyday activities but considering the complexity of the surgery, it may take longer. Dr. O'Brien finds that most of his patients are recovered around six months. After weight loss surgery can be a life changer for patients, with noticeable outcomes that are immediate. Once healed, you can wear clothing you love and become more active without excess skin getting in your way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Your cost for after weight loss surgery varies based on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will develop your custom treatment plan to fit your concerns. When your treatment plan is finalized, he can then estimate costs, which will include fees for the facility, anesthesia, care before-and-after your surgery, and more. So you can concentrate on getting great results from a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. O'Brien, we take several payments and can help you find low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Health insurance generally does not pay for the costs of elective surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical issue. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let Dr. O'Brien know in your initial consultation. He can give you the necessary paperwork and information to submit to your insurance company.

What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are a part of this procedure are the stomach, butt, thighs, arms, breasts, and neck. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will understand your concerns and goals before completing an exam. When this is done, he will give you his suggestions on what needs to be part of your surgery.

When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
As you start to lose a lot of weight, excess skin will become visible, which is usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery. In this consultation, Dr. O'Brien will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your surgical plan. Before scheduling surgery, you need to be at or near a healthy, stable weight.

What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on how many areas you are addressing during after weight loss surgery. If you are having several areas treated, it will take you longer to recover. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will discuss what you can expect after surgery and what may make you more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. O'Brien can assess your recovery.

Reach Your Goals

Losing weight is such a tremendous accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you have finally met your weight loss goals. If sagging and wrinkly skin is a new frustration, Dr. O'Brien invites you to learn more about your alternatives for after weight loss surgery. After weight loss surgery could further sculpt your physique and help you to meet and surpass each of the amazing goals you made for yourself. Contact St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL to schedule your consultation.

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