After Weight Loss Surgery in McLean and Northern Virginia

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What is After Weight Loss Surgery?

Men and women who undergo significant weight loss are usually ecstatic, having achieved a life-transforming goal. Oftentimes, unfortunately, while their weight loss represents a huge accomplishment, in many cases, they will face new frustrations. The new challenge is usually the stretched-out skin left behind on the body. Significant weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot shrink to their new shape. No matter where the sagging skin resides, surgical excision is usually the best solution to correct this issue. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi offers after weight loss surgery to men and women who have lost 100 lbs or more. If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight and would like to eliminate excess skin, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to set up a private consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.

Candidates for after weight loss surgery

The best candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have loose skin due to massive weight loss or fluctuation. Generally, this challenge is noticed early on as the body begins to change shape. If you have hanging skin, surgery at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery can eliminate the deformity and secure the remaining tissue for a healthy, tighter appearance. It is important that patients be at a healthy, stable weight before having this procedure.

Surgical Technique

After weight loss surgery is typically considered an invasive treatment. This procedure utilizes general anesthesia and can last anywhere from 3 – 7 hours, depending on the number of areas being addressed. In most cases, an overnight stay in the hospital is necessary. Fat removal is usually used during the procedure to remove pockets of fat, followed by the surgical removal of skin. After weight loss surgery does make longer incisions than other cosmetic procedures so scarring will be associated with this treatment. During this procedure, every attempt is made by Dr. Mesbahi to make incisions as inconspicuous as possible. In many cases, Dr. Mesbahi will create incisions in the natural folds of the body, but depending on the area being treated, this may not be an option. 

after your procedure

When you are released from our care, it is important to take a few days to recover at home. Tubes may be inserted near the incision sites to help control drainage, and compression garments will be provided to help minimize swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume low-impact activities, but considering the complexity of the surgery, it could take longer. Dr. Mesbahi finds that most of his patients have experienced optimal recovery after about six months. Our team will also provide you with tips on how to care for your incisions so that they heal nicely and aren't as noticeable.

after weight loss surgery faqs

Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance companies, for the most part, won't cover the expenses associated with elective surgery. Although, coverage does vary and may cover you if loose skin is deemed a medical concern. If you are planning to use your insurance company, please let our office know during your consultation. We can give you the needed information and paperwork to submit to your insurance company.

What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Typical areas of treatment generally include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, arms, and neck. In your consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will discuss your concerns and goals before completing an exam of your body. Once this is complete, he will give you his suggestions on what should be part of your surgery.

When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, loose skin will become visible, and it's usually around this time that you should schedule a consultation at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. During your appointment, Dr. Mesbahi can talk to about what you should do to prepare for your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your custom treatment plan. Before moving forward with surgery, you should be at or near a stable weight.

What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will depend on how many areas you are addressing during after weight loss surgery. If you're getting several areas treated, it will take you longer to recover. In your initial consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will discuss what you should expect after surgery and what may help you feel more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Mesbahi can assess your progress.

Reach Your Goals

Weight loss is such a tremendous accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you have finally met your personal transformation. If sagging and wrinkly skin is a current challenge, Dr. Mesbahi invites you to learn more about your options for skin removal and body contouring. After weight loss surgery can further transform your silhouette and help you meet and surpass all of the outstanding body goals you made for yourself. Call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your consultation.

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