What is After Weight Loss Surgery?
Women and men alike who accomplish significant weight loss are usually ecstatic and should be proud of their accomplishments. The downside, however, is that while their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, some individuals will be faced with additional frustrations — hanging skin left behind on the body. Significant weight loss generally leaves individuals with skin that cannot shrink to the new body frame. No matter where the loose skin resides, skin removal surgery is often needed to reduce the issue. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet offers after weight loss cosmetic surgery for New Orleans, LA men and women. This life-changing procedure at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa serves as a lasting step in their weight loss journey. For more information, call our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Charvet today.
What Are The Benefits Of After Weight Loss Surgery?
After weight loss surgery in New Orleans, LA at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa offers wide-ranging functional and aesthetic benefits to remake your look, including:
- Addresses multiple concerns and body areas
- Removes sagging, hanging excess skin
- Tightens and firms skin
- Reduces stubborn areas of unwanted fat
- Reshapes and contours the body
- Achieves a more balanced body aesthetic
- Reduces skin irritation and chafing
- Improves posture and mobility
- Boosts confidence and self-image
Am I A candidate for after weight loss surgery?
The ideal candidates for skin removal and tightening surgery are those with loose and wrinkled skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. Generally, this issue is seen early on during weight loss. If weight loss has caused stretched skin, after weight loss surgery at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa can eliminate the issue and secure the underlying tissue for a healthy, tighter look. It is important for patients to be near their goal weight before having this procedure.
What Can I Expect Following After Weight Loss Surgery?
Once released from the hospital, you will need to allow a week or two to rest at home. Small tubes may be placed near the incision sites to help minimize swelling and drainage, and medical garments will be provided to minimize swelling. For the average person, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to low-impact activities but considering the level of invasiveness, it may take longer. Dr. Charvet finds that most of his patients are recovered around six months. Skin removal surgery can be a life changer for patients, with visible results that are immediate. Finally, you will be able to wear clothing you want and become more active without sagging skin slowing you down.
"I had a tummy tuck with liposuction and fat grafting to my breasts. Dr. Charvet and the entire team at Magnolia Plastic Surgery were amazing throughout the entire process! At the consultation Dr. Charvet really took the time to answer every question I had without rushing me and was so accessible after the surgery. Everything from consultation to post-op was perfect and I’m so happy with my results. I highly recommend Magnolia Plastic Surgery!"- M.T. / Google / Jan 17, 2024
"I am so happy w/ my results!! I’m post 6 months and my body is still evolving but I saw an immediate change. I love how it’s like a one stop shop, and I didn’t need to recover in the hospital. Dr Charvet has it all in office. The staff is super friendly and Dr Charvet has skilled hands and perfect attention to detail. I love it!!!"- I.C. / Google / Nov 21, 2023
"Great results every time! I come here for my lip flip/gummy smile treatment. Dr. Heath & his team are always so nice & professional."- A.R. / Google / Nov 14, 2023
"Dr Charvet is the best! Very knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable. I struggle with Rosacea and he recommended a compound gel that they just started carrying. This stuff is amazing!!! It’s called Aveidaoxia Gel .I saw a difference after one use. It has been a life saver! He’s the best with Botox and fillers too. I haven’t experienced bruising at all! All of his office staff is friendly and helpful. It is always a fun and pleasant experience when I go. He also has one of the best aestheticians there on Thursday’s. Her name is Christy Hoerner. Don’t hesitate…book your consultation! You will not be disappointed!"- S.C. / Google / Oct 19, 2023
"This is the best crew you can ever ask to take care of you! Dr Chavert and staff are top-notch professionals offering reasonable prices for an impressive array of services. No matter if you're looking for a facial or plastic surgery, their charming staff will make you feel at ease. I'd strongly suggest you stop your search right now and set up an appointment!"- C.C. / Google / Oct 01, 2023
How is After Weight Loss Surgery Performed?
After weight loss surgery is almost always considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and on average takes about 3 – 7 hours, depending on how many procedures are being performed, and often requires a hospital stay. Dr. Charvet will typically incorporate a form of liposuction to remove isolated fat pockets, followed by skin excision. This operation does make larger incisions than most other cosmetic surgeries so it's important to know that scarring will be a part of this treatment. However, during surgery, Dr. Charvet will do his best to place the incisions as discreetly as possible. Dr. Charvet or a member of his team will give you detailed scar healing instructions so they can heal properly. When you are released from our care, it is important to take a few days to recover at home. Tubes may be placed near the incision sites to help minimize swelling and drainage, and medical garments should be worn to assist with swelling. For most patients, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until they will feel good enough to resume low-impact activities, but considering the level of invasiveness, it could take longer. Dr. Charvet finds that most of his patients are back to normal after about six months with incredible results.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQ
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
The final cost for after weight loss surgery will depend on what's all part of your treatment plan. In your consultation, Dr. Charvet will create your surgical treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once your treatment plan is finalized, he can better estimate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, pre and post-surgical care, and more. To help you concentrate on getting the results you want from a trusted plastic surgeon like Dr. Charvet, we take many payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Health insurance, for the most part, does not cover the expenses associated with cosmetic surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin becomes a medical issue. If you are planning to submit a claim to your health insurance, please let Dr. Charvet know during your consultation. He can help you get the needed information and paperwork to submit to your insurance company.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are corrected in after weight loss surgery are the stomach, butt, thighs, neck, arms, and breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Charvet will listen to your needs and concerns before completing an exam. When this is complete, he can give you suggestions on what needs to be part of your after weight loss surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
As you start to lose a lot of weight, the areas of excess skin will become more obvious, and it's usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at Magnolia Plastic Surgery & Medspa. In this consultation, Dr. Charvet can talk to you about how to prepare for your surgery and what areas should be included in your custom treatment plan. Before scheduling after weight loss surgery, you should be at or near a healthy, stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary depending on your surgical plan. If you had many areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. In your initial consultation, Dr. Charvet will let you know what you can expect during your recovery and what may help you feel more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at Magnolia Plastic Surgery & Medspa should be scheduled so Dr. Charvet can assess your progress.
Enhance Your Weight Loss Look
Losing weight is such a wonderful achievement, and we congratulate you if you have met your weight loss goals. If loose and hanging skin is a challenge for you, Dr. Charvet encourages you to learn about your options for cosmetic skin removal. After weight loss surgery can further improve your physique and help you achieve and surpass each of the outstanding body goals you made for yourself. Contact Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in New Orleans, LA to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet.