After Weight Loss Surgery in Austin, TX

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What is After Weight Loss Surgery?

Men and women who accomplish major weight loss are to be commended, having overcome a big hurdle in life. While their new shape represents a proud accomplishment, oftentimes, they will be faced with new frustrations due to the hanging skin that remains on the body. Massive weight loss commonly leaves men and women with skin that cannot shrink to the new, slimmer figure. No matter where the hanging skin resides, surgical intervention is necessary to rid the issue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez offers after weight loss surgery at her Cedar Park, TX facility. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Beleza Surgery and also serves as the last step in a patient's personal transformation.

What Are the Benefits of After Weight Loss Surgery?

After weight loss surgery performed at Beleza Surgery in Cedar Park, TX is an ideal option for those who still have excess loose skin following dramatic weight loss. Personalized after weight loss surgery performed by Dr. Hix-Hernandez has a number of outstanding aesthetic and functional benefits, including:

  • Removing excess skin and fat
  • Contouring and reshaping the parts of the body most affected by excess skin from weight loss
  • Tightening loose, sagging skin
  • Reducing rubbing and chafing
  • Enhancing daily activity
  • Improving posture
  • Boosting self-assurance

Who Are the Best Candidates for After Weight Loss Surgery?

The ideal candidates for skin removal and tightening surgery are those who have loose and wrinkled skin due to massive weight loss or fluctuation. Most often, this challenge is seen early on as the body gets smaller. If you are challenged by loose skin, surgery at Beleza Surgery can reduce the deformity and secure the remaining tissue for a healthy, tighter appearance. It is important for patients to be at a healthy weight before considering skin removal surgery.

What Can I Expect from My After Weight Loss Surgery?

Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is generally considered a major treatment. It is performed using general anesthesia and on average, takes between 3 – 7 hours, depending on how many procedures are combined. In most cases, a hospital stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often used during the procedure to remove fat tissue, followed by skin removal. Plastic surgery of this nature does make larger incisions than less invasive cosmetic procedures so varying degrees of scars will likely be associated with this treatment, but we do our best to create the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Hix-Hernandez or a member of her team will give you specific scar treatment instructions for a healthy outcome. Small tubes may be implanted near the incision sites to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments should be worn to assist with swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume low-impact activities, but considering the level of invasiveness, it could take longer. Dr. Hix-Hernandez finds that most of her patients are healed after 4 – 6 months. This surgery can be a life-changer for patients with noticeable outcomes that are immediate.

After Weight Loss Surgery FAQ

How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Total costs after weight loss surgery will depend on what is included in your treatment. In your consultation, Dr. Hix-Hernandez will create your personalized treatment plan to address your areas of concern. Once your treatment plan is finalized, she can then estimate your costs, including facility fees, anesthesia, care before and after your surgery, and more. To help you concentrate on getting the results you want from a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Hix-Hernandez, we accept several payments, including low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance companies, on the whole, do not pay for the costs of cosmetic surgery. However, policies do vary and may cover you if loose skin becomes a medical problem. If you would like to use your insurance company, please let Dr. Hix-Hernandez know during your consultation. She can help you get the needed information and paperwork to complete your insurance claim.

What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common body parts that are addressed in after weight loss surgery are the stomach, butt, upper thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. In your consultation, Dr. Hix-Hernandez will understand your needs and concerns before completing a physical exam of your body. Once this is complete, she can give you her suggestions on what should be part of your after weight loss surgery.

When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, the areas of loose skin will become more obvious, and it's usually a good time to schedule a consultation at Beleza Surgery. During this consultation, Dr. Hix-Hernandez can talk to you about the different options offered and what might be part of your custom treatment plan. Before scheduling surgery, you should be at or near your goal weight.

What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary depending on your surgical plan. If you had several areas treated, your recovery will take more time. During your consultation, Dr. Hix-Hernandez will talk to you about what you can expect after surgery and what may help you feel more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at Beleza Surgery will need to be scheduled so Dr. Hix-Hernandez can assess your healing.

Loose the Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Losing weight is such a tremendous accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you finally met your personal transformation goals. If stretched-out skin is a new frustration, Dr. Hix-Hernandez invites you to learn about your options for plastic surgery. After weight loss surgery can further transform your silhouette and help you to meet and surpass each and every one of the exciting body goals you set for yourself. Call Beleza Surgery in Cedar Park, Round Rock, Austin, or Killeen, TX to schedule your consultation.

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