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 of Santa Rosa and is also a lasting step in their personal transformation. Call our Santa Rosa office today to learn more.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
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 of 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.
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 of 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 of 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 of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to speak with our patient coordinator today.