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After Weight Loss Surgery (Post-Bariatric Body Contouring) – Colorado Springs, CO

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After Weight Loss Surgery

Patients who accomplish major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big roadblock in life. The downside is, while their new figure represents a proud accomplishment, some individuals will face new frustrations. This is often due to the loose and wrinkly skin left behind on the body. Massive weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot shrink to the new, smaller size. No matter where the sagging skin resides, surgical intervention is necessary to eliminate the issue. Our Colorado Springs, CO plastic surgeons at the Institute of Plastic Surgery perform skin removal surgery for patients, which usually is life-changing, as well as a final step in their personal transformation.

Ideal Candidates

The best individuals for skin removal surgery are those who are dealing with excessive loose skin due to weight loss. Generally, this upset is noticed early on as weight is lost. If you have hanging skin, plastic surgery at our practice can remove the skin issue and secure the underlying tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be at a healthy weight before undergoing this surgery.

Surgical Technique

Cosmetic skin removal surgery is generally considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and can take between 3 – 7 hours, depending on how many procedures being performed. It is very common for patients to have a hospital stay is necessary. Fat removal is often used during the procedure to remove areas where fat exists, followed by skin excision. After weight loss surgery does require longer incisions than less invasive cosmetic procedures, so scarring will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by our surgeons to place the incisions as discreetly as possible. A member of our team will give you comprehensive scar care instructions for a healthy outcome.

What to Expect

When you are released from the surgery center, you will need to take a few days to rest at home. Small tubes for draining may be placed near the incision sites to help minimize swelling and drainage, and medical garments will be provided to reduce swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough resuming regular activities, but, considering the treatment plan, it may take longer. Our surgeons find that most of their patients are healed in around six months. This surgery can be a life changer for patients with visible results that are immediate. Once healed, you will be able to wear clothing you could not wear and move freely without sagging skin slowing you down.

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Average Cost  
$6,000 - $20,000
Recovery Time  
6 - 8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 - 7 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3 - 5 Days
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Reach Your Goals

Losing weight is such an outstanding achievement, and we are so happy for you if you finally met your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, our plastic surgeons encourage you to understand your alternatives for cosmetic skin removal. Contact the Institute of Plastic Surgery today in Colorado Springs, CO for more information.

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