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 am so happy that I followed a Facebook recommendation to receive a consultation with Dr. Charvet and his staff. I met with 3 other surgeons. None of them made me feel the way Dr. Charvet and Dominique did. I really felt that Dr. Charvet was confident in his work, yet realistic about how my results would be. I decided to schedule my Mommy Makeover with them. This was my first ever cosmetic procedure. Six weeks later, I am very pleased with the way it is coming together. I feel much happier when I look in the mirror. Each follow up visit with Dr. Charvet is good! He really knows what he’s doing! Highly recommend Magnolia to anyone who wants to feel like a new woman. "- T.M. / Healthgrades / Jul 29, 2023
"After years of wanting to get rid of my lower belly fat, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon to see what procedure options would be best for me as a 50th birthday present for myself. I choose Magnolia Plastic Surgery and Medspa and I am extremely happy with the whole process. Dr. Charvet and his staff made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and throughout the process. He explained the different options and the outcome and we decided on Vaser Lipo. I am over 100% happy with my results. I am very thankful to Dr. Charvet and his team. I no longer worry about my lower belly pooch and have so much more self confidence."- L.R. / Google / Jul 24, 2023
"My visit at Dr.Charvet’s office was a wonderful experience. It also exceeded my expectations. Your unwavering dedication, skill, and compassion have undoubtedly played a great role in achieving such a positive outcome. My procedure was better than I expected Dr. Charvet is a first class plastic surgeon. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family for any of their cosmetic needs. Amy Cox"- A.C. / Google / Jul 14, 2023
"I recently had the privilege of undergoing a mommy makeover procedure with Dr.Charvet, and I cannot express how thrilled I am with the results. From the moment I walked into the clinic, Dr. Charvet and his entire team provided an exceptional level of care and professionalism. Dr.Charvet possesses remarkable surgical skills and expertise. He took the time to thoroughly understand my aesthetic goals and addressed all of my concerns with patience and compassion. His extensive knowledge on all things in his field. He will answer your questions with statistics and detailed reason for all of his post-op instructions. Follow all of his instructions to the T and you will be in very good hands. My decision to get the surgery was something that was in the works for over a year. Now that I am 5 weeks post op I'm angry I didn't do this surgery last year! I shouldn't have waited, from that 1st visit with Dr.Charvet in 2022 I knew I had the right doctor for me. If you are considering a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr.Charvet. His skill, expertise, and compassionate approach make him the ideal surgeon to trust with such an important journey."- I.G. / Google / Jun 30, 2023
"I’m so glad that I found Dr Charvet and the team! They were professional, friendly and patient. Most importantly they are good at what they do! Dr Charvet answered all my questions, addressed my concerns. Thanks so much!"- C.E. / Google / Jun 29, 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.