Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight commonly visit board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto at Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery to receive after weight loss surgery. These procedures remove and tighten excess, loose skin that resides on the body, especially in areas around the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck, and face. Today, high-end technology and modern techniques enable Dr. Soto to trim saggy skin and contour the body to the ideal profile patients are looking for, and with Bodytite and VASER technologies, he is often able to achieve these goals for his patients with less scarring and recovery than older techniques allowed. However, those who are considering this procedure should already be at or near their goal weight. Results produce a transformed, trim figure that allows patients to enjoy their new body to the fullest.
"Bridget and Amanda made a super weird and uncomfortable procedure quite easy! I was really nervous, but their calming manner and conversation relaxed me. The Geneveve treatment was completely painless and there was no down time. My significant other thoroughly enjoys the results as well."- K.M. / Yellowpages / Jun 26, 2017
"Wow, is what sums up my experience and results with Dr. Armando Soto. I went into his office looking to have a breast augmentation. After doing some research and visiting other doctors, I decided to go with Dr. Soto, which was the best decision ever! Dr. Soto was honest and made me feel comfortable from the start to post surgery. I asked for natural looking breasts and Dr. Soto exceeded my expectations. I was confident before but now I am even more confident and feel sexier. I cannot thank Dr. Soto enough for his great work! I would definitely recommend Dr. Soto to anyone."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 18, 2017
"I have to say this is the most amazing and pleasurable experience! From my first call to the office and always speaking with the kindest and the sweetest front office personnel, to always having an enjoyable visit. Dr. Soto's entire staff are incredible, and the nurses are amazing. Then there is Dr. Soto. He was so professional, kind, empathetic, and personal. He and his staff did not treat me like a patient. I was treated like family. As far as my procedure went, it came out amazing. Pure perfection is what you get from Dr. Soto. I always schedule the appointments I needed, of the time I needed. They are always there for you to reach out to. I recommend Dr. Soto to everyone. If you go anywhere else, you gave up the best."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 17, 2017
"Bridget is the most amazing person! I love coming to her for my botox. I also have my mother come with me. She is the absolute best in Orlando! I love her bedside manner. She always remembers what is going on in my life and it's amazing because I only see her once every few months. She is so kind and sweet to come and see and I would recommend her to any one! Love her!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 16, 2017
"Doing my research, I found Dr. Armando's portfolio to align specifically what I wanted to see in my future butt lift. Everyone was sweet, knowledgable, and patient before and after surgery. Follow ups are great because he shows he wants the best for his patients and the results. I highly recommend Dr. Armando Soto, for any future cosmetic surgeries, to look and feel the best version of you!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 11, 2017
Weight loss patients often realize the need for skin removal surgery when the following conditions become evident as they near their goal weight:
- Sagging breasts
- Loose folds of skin around the abdomen
- Hanging skin and fat pockets around the hips
- Sagging skin and excessive wrinkling around the buttocks area
- Hanging skin from the inner thigh to the knee area
- “Bat wings” or loose skin on the underside of the arms
- “Turtle neck” or loose skin around the neck
Many of these conditions are inevitable after any major weight loss because skin, when stretched for a long time, loses its elasticity and fails to shrink back as the body becomes smaller.
After weight loss surgeries are ideal to trim down this excess of skin resulting in a tighter and firmer appearance. Many surgeons recommend grouping certain treatments together as they relate to the lower or upper body in order to minimize the risks of complications. An example of how a surgeon may group the surgeries include:
- The upper body: Procedures such as liposuction, Bodytite, breast lift, tummy tuck and arm lift may be performed.
- The lower body: Procedures such as liposuction, Bodytite, butt and thigh lift, and lower body lift may be performed.
After weight loss surgery is considered a major operation in which the patient is put under general anesthesia. The number of hours it takes to complete this surgery varies, but on average it is between 4-7 hours. An overnight stay in the hospital is required so that patients can be closely monitored. While scarring is a part of this surgical process, a skilled plastic surgeon will make every effort to ensure that the incisions are kept as inconspicuous as possible. Post-surgery care is also prescribed so that the scars will heal properly. For many patients, the results after surgery are so positive and impactful, they are life-changing.
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After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Common Areas Treated?
Typical body parts that are addressed for surgery are the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms, and neck. The most common areas for improvement include the breasts and abdominal area, which can usually be done at the same time. During the course of losing weight, the areas of loose skin will become more obvious and it is usually around this time that patients begin consulting with a plastic surgeon.
Before moving forward with this procedure, patients should be at or near their goal weight. Sometimes, removing the loose skin helps accelerate weight loss. This is the case when loose skin gets in the way of the patient’s daily physical activities.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
Insurance companies, for the most part, will not cover the expenses associated with cosmetic surgery. However, coverage does vary and sometimes may apply to weight loss patients where loose skin becomes a medical problem. Our billing coordinator works to provide accurate estimates and will thoroughly check the benefits of each provider.