Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Always Need Surgery After Losing Weight?
No, if a patient is happy with their body, even with extra skin, there is no reason to seek surgery. Occasionally, a doctor may recommend plastic surgery to remove extra skin if it is causing medical problems such as rashes, skin infections, or problems exercising. Otherwise, if a patient is happy, there is not necessarily a need to seek plastic surgery.
Is There A Way To Prevent Sagging Skin When Losing Weight?
Skin retraction is not totally up to our lifestyles. Aspects of our genetics and environment are major contributors. With that said, there are some things you can do when losing weight to promote the most skin retraction possible. A few of these techniques include:
- Stay hydrated
- Do not smoke
- Eat well
- Undergo collagen producing treatments such as microneedling
- Always keep skin covered or otherwise protected from the sun
- Address your weight at a younger age
- Lose weight slowly
- Gain muscle to replace lost fat
None of these methods are guaranteed, but they can help to better overall skin retraction when losing weight. Working with a plastic surgeon while you are still losing weight may also help minimize extra, loose skin.
How Long After Bariatric Surgery Can I Get Plastic Surgery?
In general, most surgeons recommend at least two to three months between surgeries. However, when it comes to bariatric surgery, weight loss is not instant. Therefore, is usually recommended that patients wait for at least one to two years before seeking any sort of skin removal or plastic surgery.
What Are The Risks Of Plastic Surgery After Bariatric Surgery?
All surgeries come with risks. Plastic surgery after bariatric surgery is no exception and the risks and how they relate to your health are taken into account during your consultation. Some of the risks of plastic surgery after weight loss include:
- Poor healing
- Visible or raised scarring
- Fluid collection
- Prolonged side effects
- Skin necrosis
- Unexpected results
- Complications associated with general anesthesia
Plastic surgery after weight loss can include a long surgical session. Therefore, Dr. Jonov will closely evaluate each patient to ensure they are of low or average risk. In some cases, he may recommend splitting the surgery into two or more sessions. Though, patients who are overall healthy are likely good candidates for a combined procedure.
How Much Does It Cost & Is It Covered By Insurance?
Addressing extra skin after weight loss means curating a unique combination of procedures for each patient. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to provide an accurate price estimate without a consultation. You can use Price Simulator to add up the combined costs of multiple plastic surgeries and treatments. This can provide an initial price estimate.
Plastic surgery after weight loss is not universally covered by medical insurance. While some insurance companies or plans may cover it, you will need to discuss this with your insurance company before surgery. At Seattle Plastic Surgery, we do not accept insurance for these procedures. You can also use outside financing such as Care Credit.