After Weight Loss Surgery
Men and women who undergo major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big burden in life. However, while their weight loss represents a proud accomplishment, some individuals will face more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the loose skin that resides on the body. Massive weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot shrink to their new size. No matter where the loose skin resides, plastic surgery is necessary to remove the unwanted tissue. Plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas perform skin removal cosmetic surgery for Santa Rosa, CA patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa and is also a lasting step in their personal transformation. Call our Santa Rosa office today to learn more.
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is. For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life. Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.R. / Yelp / Feb 22, 2019
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is.For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life.Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.P. / Google / Feb 22, 2019
"Recently I had to go in to get a Capsular contracture. In Layman terms it means my skin easily stretches. So my perfect breast augmentation done by the amazing Dr Furnas about 3 years ago started to hang lower then my pocket. They use a mesh if needed to give my skin a little more back bone and extra sutures! They are perfect! I would say it’s like having the breasts I had as a teen....But I never had any so I wouldn’t know. LOL All I know is I’m beyond grateful. Im beyond happy with the results. And my confidence has a little more boost. My post op was quicker then the first time as well. I was up and moving the same day!!! I came in and Dr Furnas and her team gave me better results tan I could have ever imagined.?? Thank you Dr Furnas and psa, I love you."- A.H. / Google / Feb 19, 2019
"Dr. Canelis and his staff are amazing and anyone who goes to them are in the best hands! He truly cares about his patients desires and listens so he is able to give his patients the best possible results. Can’t thank him enough!"- C.R. / Google / Feb 18, 2019
"Dr Canales and his staff are absolutely outstanding! Dr Canales did a superb job at making sure all my questions and concerns were addressed on top of his amazing work !! I highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa & Allegro MedSpa"- T.M. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2019
The best individuals for after weight loss surgery are those who are dealing with loose and wrinkled skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Most often, this challenge is visible early on during weight loss. If you are challenged by loose skin, cosmetic skin removal at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa can eliminate the issue and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients are close to a healthy weight before considering skin removal surgery.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is almost always considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and on average, it takes between 3 – 7 hours, depending upon the combination of procedures being performed. Usually, a hospital stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is often integrated during the procedure to remove fat, followed by the surgical removal of skin. This operation does make longer incisions than most other cosmetic procedures so varying degrees of scars will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas to make the incisions as discreet as possible. We will also give you thorough scar healing instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from our care, you will need to allow a week or two to rest at home. Small tubes may be implanted near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to help with swelling. For the average person, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to light activities, but considering the level of invasiveness, it may take longer. We find that most of our patients are back to normal around six months. Skin removal surgery can be a life changer for patients with amazing results that are immediate. Once healed, you will feel confident and wear clothing you want and partake in activities without loose skin keeping you from the things you love to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
The final cost for after weight loss surgery varies based on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will design your treatment plan to fit your needs and goals. When your plan is decided, we can then estimate costs, which will include fees for anesthesia, the facility, care before and after your surgery, and more. To help you concentrate on getting great results from an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, we take several payments and can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance policies generally won't pay for the costs of elective cosmetic surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical concern. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let us know in your first appointment. We can give you the necessary paperwork and information to submit to your insurance company.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are corrected in this procedure are the stomach, butt, thighs, breasts, arms, and neck. In your initial consultation, we will make sure we understand your needs and wants before completing an exam. When this is done, we will give you suggestions on what needs to be part of your surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, excess skin will become apparent and it's usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa. In this consultation, we will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your custom treatment plan. Before scheduling after weight loss surgery, you need to be at or near a stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on your surgical plan. If you're getting several areas treated, your recovery will take more time. In your initial consultation, we will talk to you about what you can expect after surgery and suggestions to make you more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa should be scheduled so we can assess your progress.
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such a wonderful accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you have finally met your personal transformation. If stretched-out skin is a problem, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas invite you to learn more about your alternatives for skin removal surgery. After weight loss surgery could further improve your silhouette and help you to meet and surpass each and every one of the exciting goals you made for yourself. Contact Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to speak with our patient coordinator today.