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.
After Weight Loss Surgery 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.
"35 years ago, I had breast implant surgery. Over the course of those years, my breasts had encapsulated causing my breasts to look totally abnormal and very hard to the touch. Fast forward, I needed them removed. Dr Jain was recommended and I couldn't be more pleased. He replaced my implants (both of which had ruptured, but I didn't know it) with the type of implant that much reduces the possibility of encapsulation and no chance of old-school rupture. The results are simply stunning. Soft, normal shaped and just the right size. The surgery was a bit complicated, but Dr. Jain's expertise was key in getting the results I wanted. Dr. Jain is gifted, and very attuned to the needs of the patient. He gave me a realistic description of what to expect and he delivered. His staff is wonderful--very attentive and supportive. Overall, I couldn't be more pleased. Highly recommend."- P.D. / Google / Nov 20, 2018
"Dr. Jain and his staff are very professional as well as friendly and caring. Dr. Jain listens and spends his time with his clients. My surgery for explant and lift went quite well with excellent results. I would highly recommend him for cosmetic and or reconstructive surgery. He is very responsive to questions and calls. I did call him on a Friday evening and he returned my call immediately and saw me after hours in his office. My call turned out to be an easy fix, wait a day and the discomfort will go away, sure enough that is just what happened. Thank you, Dr. Jain."- G.G. / Google / Jun 12, 2020
"Fantastic Experience and Results - Dr. Jain did an awesome job from initial consultation to surgery to follow up. I had saline implants about 14 years ago and one of them ruptured for an unknown reason. I had them replaced with silicone and couldn't be happier with the results. He takes the time to listen and talk with you and really cares about his patients. The whole office staff is wonderful, warm and friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Jain and his practice!"- R. / RealSelf / Jun 03, 2020
"He removed two lesions under my left eye: I Give a 10+ Recommendation for This Wonderful Plastic Surgeon and His Awesome Staff! - I had two lesions under my left eye that were highly concerning to me because of health issues. Because of the proximity to my eye, I was worried about visible permanent scars. I was referred to Dr. Jain by a well-trusted colleague. Dr. Jain was nothing short of amazing and is a genuine professional. He is very kind, understanding, listens carefully and evaluates the issues efficiently and accurately. The removal process was a pain free experience. He expertly removed the lesions in a very short amount of time and made me feel very comfortable during the entire process. He explained exactly what he was going to do and what I could expect. I was so very impressed. 7 days later, the stitches were removed. I was so delighted to see that not only was the healing complete ... I could not see any scars! He is a wonderful plastic surgeon! I am so happy that I decided to choose Dr. Jain and am so delighted with all his staff too. They are all just wonderful. I love them all - and you will too! I highly recommend Dr. Jain and his staff for any of your concerns."- L. / RealSelf / May 29, 2020
"I came in for a consultation with Dr Jain today and he spent nearly an hour with me! No it isnt because im in terrible shape :) It seems to be his approach to skin care and I really appreciate it. He did a full consult to address my long term goals and was clearly very knowledgeable, conservative and professional. On top of that he is incredibly kind and gracious as is him entire staff. I think I have found a partner to work with for years to come!"- M.P. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2020
After Weight Loss 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 with After Weight Loss Surgery
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $20,000
- Recovery Time
- 6 - 8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 7 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 - 5 Days
After Weight Loss Surgery 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.