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, and an individualized plan is made for every patient.
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
- Loose and hanging skin on the neck
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, and an individualized plan is made for every patient. Frequently multiple procedures can be grouped together. Examples of this grouping include:
- Upper body (Liposuction, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm lift)
- Lower body (Liposuction, butt lift, thigh lift, lower body lift)
The Surgical Experience
Weight loss surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Patients who undergo multiple procedures concurrently will frequently be required to spend the night in the facility so they can be monitored. The recovery following this surgery can be a slow process. 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.
The cost for weight loss 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-$15,000 or higher.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best timing to do this surgery?
Dr. Demianczuk recommends patients to be at or near their goal weight before moving forward with this surgery. However, there can be exceptions. 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 any of these procedures be insured by the BC Medical Insurance Plan (MSP)?
Unfortunately, MSP considers 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 cosmetic coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and thoroughly checks the insured benefits of each client.
Are these risky operations?
The risks associated with each procedure are patient specific, and will be thoroughly reviewed prior to surgery. The safety of the patient is our primary concern, and multiple safety protocols are in place to reduce the risk.
Schedule your consultation
To find out how body contouring procedure can help you meet your goals, contact Dr. Demianczuk.