Surgery after Weight Loss
Achieving a major weight loss goal is a significant milestone, whether through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Once you’ve hit your target weight, however, you may find that excess skin is keeping you from fully enjoying your new body shape. If this is the case for you, there are a number of plastic surgery options designed to help you achieve your ideal physique following major weight loss.
A board-certified plastic surgeon serving Walnut Creek and the surrounding communities, Dr. Mariotti has helped hundreds of men achieve their ideal look through post-weight loss plastic surgery. His surgical skill, years of experience and commitment to providing customized, quality care to each and every one of his clients make Dr. Mariotti a top plastic surgeon in the Concord area.
After Weight Loss Surgery at a Glance
The Best Candidates
Most men who are in good general health and who have achieved a significant weight loss goal can be excellent candidates for post-weight loss plastic surgery. The most common reasons to consider cosmetic surgery following weight loss are to remove excess skin and isolated pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to your weight loss efforts.
What to Expect
The first step in your post-weight loss cosmetic surgery journey is to sit down with Dr. Mariotti to discuss your needs and goals. Together, you will develop a customized treatment plan that’s right for you.
Many men choose to combine a tummy tuck and liposuction in order to tighten and remove loose skin and muscle tissue in their abdominal area, as well as fine-tune their weight loss results. You might also want to discuss including male breast reduction in your procedure if gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is a concern for you.
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After Your Procedure
Recovery time after post-weight loss body contouring will depend on the specific treatment(s) you decided to include in your procedure. However, most men can expect to return to desk jobs within 1 to 2 weeks and can gradually increase their amount and intensity of physical activity over the next several weeks and months, under Dr. Mariotti’s guidance.
Directly following your post-weight loss procedure, you should be able to return home. You can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort for the first several days and Dr. Mariotti may recommend wearing a compression garment to help minimize these symptoms. Over the next weeks and months, you’ll notice gradual improvements in your body shape and the way you look and feel.
Take the first step toward your dream look and contact us online or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation.
After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Generally speaking, insurance will only cover the cost of plastic surgery if the procedure is medically necessary. In the case of post-weight loss plastic surgery, insurance may consider covering it if you are experiencing chronic rashes caused by excess skin or another medical issue. You will have to speak with your insurance company, however, to determine if some of the cost of your procedure may be covered.
Ideally, you will be at or very close to your target weight before getting post-weight loss plastic surgery. However, if you feel that excess skin or pockets of fat are keeping you from being able to exercise in order to achieve your goal, body contouring may be appropriate. During your consultation, you can discuss your options and timeline with Dr. Mariotti.
Body contouring treatments like abdominoplasty and liposuction are not meant to serve as weight loss tools. Although they can help you achieve a slimmer figure and more well-defined muscle structure, they won’t help you drop significant pounds.
Dr. Mariotti will provide you with detailed preparation guidelines at your consultation. If you’re a smoker, you’ll be asked to quit smoking for several weeks before and after your procedure to avoid complications and hindered recovery. It’s also important that you maintain a healthy diet before and after body contouring to both help your body heal efficiently and achieve optimal results.
The excess skin and fatty tissue that is removed during your body contouring procedure will be gone for good. However, it is still possible to gain weight again in the future, so it’s important to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan to keep your results long-term.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.