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
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin. About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with. On September 9, 2013 I had a 360 Body Lift and staged liposuction of the thighs, which removed a whooping total of 50lbs! Dr.Katzen was patient with me and answered any and all questions that I had. I had such an amazing experience with him. It has been a huge honor and I can not imagine finishing up my journey with anyone else than Dr. J. Timothy Katzen (I plan to still do a medial thigh lift, arms, breasts, and torsoplasty)!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2014
"In October 2016, after losing 220 pounds after weight loss surgery in 2011, I decided it was time to lose all of the excess skin that remained around my waist, chest and back. I met Dr Katzen at an Obesity Help conference. I instantly knew he was the one. He was very attentive and understanding. I had a 360 body lift in January 2017 the I had my chest and back done in May 2017. I was amazed that the recovery wasn't difficult and I was blessed not to have had any complications. I followed the doctor's orders and did well. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I highly recommend Dr Katzen. He is amazing."- K.S. / Yelp / Aug 22, 2018
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin.About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with.I have had multiple surgeries with Dr.Katzen that was staged into 3 different surgeries. I had a 360 body lift with staged liposuction of the medial thighs. An arm lift with a horizontal torsoplasty and the final surgery was a medial thigh lift. Dr.Katzen had amazing bedside manner and was very patient with me throughout the entire journey."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 22, 2015
"Experienced Body Dysmorphia after weight loss surgery - After weight loss surgery, I experience a bad case of body dysmorphia. All my excess skin messed with my mind and got me feeling down all the time. I am 45 years old, but my wrinkly skin looked like I was 95. My co-worker went through pretty much the same thing I did and highly recommended Dr. Katzen for skin removal surgery. I had a body lift and medial thigh lift. My next stage this summer will be the arm lift and breast work. So far, I am very happy with what I see. I cannot wait to finish with skin removal this summer so I can feel "complete" and "new"."- J.H. / RealSelf / Jan 18, 2020
"A Long Time Patient of Dr. Timothy Katzen - I am a long time patient of Dr. Timothy Katzen. After my gastric bypass procedure, I went to him for a full body transformation. I had the circumferential body lift, liposuction, breast aug and lift, vertical torsoplasty, arm lift, and thigh lift. Recently I returned to Dr. Katzen to have my upper and lower eyelids done. I am super impressed with all he has done for me. Forever grateful!!!!!"- N.L. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
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.
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.
What to Expect
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Reach Your Goals
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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