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After Weight Loss Surgery

Body Reshaping -Total Body Lift - Scottsdale, AZ

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Overview

Our board certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ is proud to offer cosmetic surgery to patients with a series of sophisticated body sculpting procedures designed to address the aesthetic aspects of the body following substantial weight loss. While bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight (usually 100 pounds or more), our body lift procedures at our state-of-the-art plastic surgery practice are uniquely tailored to treat the physical changes that occur as a result of weight loss. Individuals considering this surgery with Dr. Tsujimura should be near their goal weight for best results. 

Conditions Treated

Weight loss patients will consider after weight loss surgery to correct or enhance one or more of the following conditions:

  • Deflated and sagging breasts with nipples that point downward
  • Loose and hanging skin on the abdomen
  • Excess skin and pockets of fat on the hips
  • Excess and deflated skin on and under the buttocks
  • Loose and hanging skin around the knees and inner thighs
  • Hanging skin on the underside of the arms (“bat wings”)
  • Loose and hanging skin on the neck (“turkey neck”)

Combination Surgeries

The goal of after weight loss surgery is to reduce the amount of loose skin that collects and hangs on the body and to lift the body part, so it appears tighter. Multiple areas of the body may need to be addressed, depending on the needs of each patient. Most surgeons will group body parts together and stage them in multiple surgeries. Doing so helps reduce the risk of complications, such as blood loss and infection and improves the final result. Examples of this grouping include:

  • Upper body (Liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift)
  • Lower body (Liposuction, butt lift, thigh lift, lower body lift)

During/After Surgery

After weight loss surgery is performed under monitored anesthesia care at our facility, or for longer cases, at surgical facilities with overnight stay. The post surgical results can be life changing for many weight loss patients. While the post-surgical results can be life-changing for many weight loss patients, scarring is an unfortunate part of this process. Every attempt is made during surgery to minimize scarring as much as possible. Patients should adhere to a healthy lifestyle so that the results achieved through surgery are not compromised.

Expected Cost

The cost for a combination surgery to remove skin following a massive weight loss will vary. Certain factors such as the number of procedures performed (abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh lift, etc.), combined with the number of surgical settings, hospital stay, anesthesia, etc., will play a role in determining the final cost. On average, patients can expect to pay at least $10,000-$20,000 or higher.  
 

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Common Body Parts?

Common body parts that may need skin reduction surgery include the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms and neck. The breasts and abdomen are among two of the most popular areas addressed. A large majority of individuals will address the breasts (with a breast lift or augment lift), and the tummy (with a tummy tuck) in a single surgery. As you lose weight, you will notice which areas are most concerning, and you can begin discussing cosmetic surgery with your plastic surgeon.

Best Timing?

Most plastic surgeons require patients to be at or near their goal weight before moving forward with this surgery. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, removing the loose skin is all it takes to accelerate the loss of the final pounds—especially if the loose skin is getting in the way of exercise and mobility.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost?

In most cases, no. Insurance companies consider this surgery to be cosmetic, and they usually do not cover any of the surgical expenses. However, each surgical case is different and may have a special circumstance. Our billing coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and thoroughly checks the benefits of each provider. 

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