What is After Weight Loss Surgery?
Women and men alike who undergo significant weight loss are to be commended, having overcome a big obstacle that affects a growing number of men, women, and children alike. Unfortunately, while their weight loss represents a huge accomplishment, some will be faced with an additional roadblock to achieving their dream body. The new challenge usually presents itself in the sagging and loose skin that resides on the body. Significant weight loss commonly leaves patients with skin that cannot conform to the new body frame, especially if a large amount of weight was lost rapidly. Regardless of where the skin laxity resides, plastic surgery is often necessary to fully address the issue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers after weight loss surgery for Beverly Hills, CA men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills and is often the final step in a patient's total weight loss transformation.
After Weight Loss Surgery Reviews
"Body Overhaul After Weight Loss Surgery - To say Dr. Katzen is amazing is an understatement. When I had bariatric surgery, I connected with many other weight loss patients through different groups on social media. I followed many of their journeys of weight loss and plastic surgery after weight loss. One surgeon's name got mentioned quite often with positive testimonials....it was Dr. Timothy Katzen. His patients usually return for multiple surgeries with him and that says a ton about his work and values. I too had multiple surgeries with Dr. Katzen after losing over 100 pounds. The first stage of surgery was the circumferential body lift. I then returned for an arm lift, breast augmentation with lift, and torsoplasty. I am delighted with my choice to have surgery with Dr. Katzen. Everything felt right from the very beginning to the end. He's really the best."- A.H. / RealSelf / Sep 23, 2021
"Dr. Katzen is Amazing and a True Blessing! - I had VSG and was so happy when I lost 128 pounds. I was mentally prepared for the excess flabby skin when I lost weight. I had been looking up plastic surgeons who specialize in patients like me who have gone through weight loss surgery. I discovered Dr. Katzen through many social media outlets and checked out his website. He was the perfect surgeon for what I needed. I ended up having several stages of surgeries which included a 360 circumferential body lift, thigh lift, arm lift, breast augmentation, and torsoplasty. Finding Dr. Katzen was a total blessing. He's an amazing surgeon and human being."- R.V. / RealSelf / Aug 24, 2021
"Had Breast Implants, Lift and Vertical Torsoplasty with Dr. Katzen - I can say I found myself the best plastic surgeon out there. I had silicone breast implants with lift and a vertical torsoplasty. Dr. Timothy Katzen was recommended to me by a close friend and I am so grateful for that. My friend and her sister had plastic surgery with Dr. Katzen last year so I trusted her recommendation wholeheartedly. My surgery was uneventful, which is always good. My recovery was fast and not as painful as I expected it to be. Dr. Katzen, his entire team of office staff, and surgical staff are so awesome. They made me feel warm and welcome with each encounter. Go check Dr. Katzen out, you'll be glad you did."- L.J. / RealSelf / Oct 28, 2021
"Entire Overhaul Makeover on my Body - Oh, how my life has changed so much in the last two years. First, I had bariatric surgery and lost a very significant amount of weight, over 150 pounds. I felt great and looked good in clothing, but what the world couldn't see under my clothes, was what I dreaded the most. My skin was comparable to a Shar Pei dog. It was saggy, loose, and super wrinkled. I turned to Dr. Timothy Katzen for a full-body overhaul. I had a body lift, thigh lift, vertical torsoplasty, breast lift, breast augmentation, arm lift, and neck lift. Of course, all that wasn't done in one round of surgery, I had them in different stages. All I can say is Dr. Katzen is an amazing surgeon! He's worked on many bariatric patients like myself so he is very good at what he does. Dr. Katzen is more than what you would find in a typical plastic surgeon. He's so kind, down-to-earth, easy to understand, and comes with an amazing staff. Highly highly recommend Dr. Katzen if you are looking for a plastic surgeon."- V. / RealSelf / Feb 25, 2022
"Life changing arm lift after weight loss surgery - For those of you who have gone through weight loss surgery, you can relate to my issues. I had "bat arms" after losing so much weight. My arms were always getting rashes from rubbing against my skin. Finding tops that can fit me was horrible. I constantly wore long sleeves just to cover up my arms, even on hot days. When I had surgery with Dr. Katzen, my life changed. Most people take for granted how they can shop for clothes off the rack without any problems. I can finally do that, and it feels so good. I no longer deal with rashes and pain in my arms. I feel amazing."- H.P. / RealSelf / Mar 01, 2022
What are the benefits of After Weight Loss Surgery?
After weight loss surgery offers many benefits, including:
- The removal of excess skin
- A more contoured figure
- The ability to exercise freely without excess skin in the way
- Less friction created by excess skin rubbing
- The ability to enjoy your weight loss results fully
Who is a candidate for after weight loss surgery?
The ideal candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have stretched and hanging skin as a result of losing a significant amount of weight. Most often, this issue is visible early on as the body begins to change shape. If you are challenged by loose skin, this complex combination of surgeries performed by Dr. Katzen can eliminate the deformity, then secure the tissue and remaining skin for a healthy, tighter look. It's important for patients to be close to their goal weight before considering skin removal surgery to ensure that they receive their ideal results.
what to expect during skin removal SURGERY
Surgery to remove loose skin is considered a major cosmetic treatment. These kinds of surgeries are performed with the patient under general anesthesia and can take several hours, depending on the unique combination of procedures that are a part of your surgical plan. An overnight stay in the hospital is usually necessary so your health can be monitored. A form of liposuction is often integrated during surgery to remove excess fatty tissue, which is followed by the surgical removal of skin. Plastic surgery of this nature often does require larger incisions in comparison to other cosmetic surgeries so varying degrees of scarring may occur as a result. During surgery, every attempt is made by Dr. Katzen to create incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as in the natural folds of the body or in areas that are often hidden. Some of the most common after weight loss surgery procedures that patients can receive are:
A typical after weight loss surgery plan can include a full upper body lift (such as an arm lift, upper back lift, or breast lift), a lower body lift (including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or butt lift), or both, depending on your goals.
how long is recovery after surgery?
Once you're released from our care, it's important to dedicate a week or two to at-home recovery. Tubes may be placed near the incision sites to help control drainage, and medical garments should be worn to minimize swelling. For the average person, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you can resume low-impact activities. Depending on the surgeries, this could take longer. Dr. Katzen finds that most of his patients are back to normal around 4 – 6 months post-op. Skin removal surgery is life-changing for patients and produces amazing results that are immediately noticeable. Finally, you will be able to feel confident in your body and wear the clothes you want. You'll also be able to partake in activities without pounds of hanging skin keeping you from doing the things you love and enjoy.
AFTER WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY faqs
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance policies, for the most part, won't cover the expenses associated with cosmetic surgery. However, coverage does vary and may apply to weight loss patients if loose skin has become a medical concern. If you're considering using your health insurance to help cover the costs of after weight loss surgery, please let Dr. Katzen know during your initial consultation. A member of his team will help you get the needed information and paperwork to complete your insurance claim.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Typical body parts that are corrected in after weight loss surgery are the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, arms, and breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will listen to your needs and wants before performing a physical examination of your body. Once this is complete, he can give you his recommendations for what should be included in your after weight loss surgery plan.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, loose skin will form. Once you're as close as possible to your goal weight, you should schedule a consultation at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills. During this consultation, Dr. Katzen can give you information to prepare you for your surgery. He will also discuss what may be included in your customized post-weight loss surgery treatment plan. Before moving forward with after weight loss surgery, you should be at or near a stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery time will vary, depending on the surgeries that are a part of your treatment plan. If you're having many areas treated, your healing period will take longer. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will go over what you should expect during your recovery and offer suggestions to help make you more comfortable. To monitor your progress, it's important to attend all your scheduled follow-up appointments at our Beverly Hills, CA office.
Transform your figure
Weight loss is a tremendous accomplishment, and we congratulate everyone who has taken the steps to improve their health and their life. If stretched-out skin has become a problem, Dr. Katzen encourages you to learn about your options for skin removal and body contouring surgery. After weight loss surgery can further improve your figure and allow you to achieve the body you have worked so hard toward. Contact J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills for more information.
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