About After Weight Loss Surgery
Each year, tens of thousands of patients lose more than 80 pounds either through weight loss surgery or lifestyle change. As part of your final accomplishment, you may wish to remove the loose skin that occurs after achieving this life-transforming goal. This type of surgery involves several procedures that cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin can perform at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City. Body contouring surgery can lift the lower body, augment the breasts, reshape the arms, reduce upper back fat, and tighten the thighs. Both Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin are internationally renowned for their research and performance of outpatient body contouring procedures.
With your needs in mind, our all-inclusive pricing, convenient AAAHC-certified facility, and overnight guest suite allow us immediate access to patients during recovery and reduces costs. We perform the surgeries to carefully remove loose skin and tighten the remaining tissue for a more contoured look. Common after weight loss procedures include a combination of surgical techniques, like body lifts, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and tummy tucks. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
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After Weight Loss Surgery Reviews
"Let me tell you about THIS place. I could not have asked for anything more! They were absolutely on top of everything. Made me feel so comfortable and Dr. Nuveen is so talented. You can feel that he cares about his work and that he wants nothing but for the patient to be happy in the end. He was so detailed and patient with me and answered every single question my husband was asking without acting annoyed or in a rush, I’m only day two on post op and I’m so extremely pleased with my experience, IF I ever plan to get anything else done he will be the only one for the job. I say all of this because whenever I was researching doctors over and over, a seriously insane amount, I found dr Nuveen I just knew he was the one and I’m so happy I went with my gut. ❤️ Loved my experience. I"- S.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
"I had an appointment May 18th I absolutely love this place and Ashley was very professional in explaining the procedures and what I could expect she also answered all of my concern very sweet and professional I would definitely recommend this place and I’m excited to move forward"- N.S. / Google / May 19, 2021
"Friendly Staff and always answers questions promptly. Dr. Nuveen is genuinely nice and caring. He also does great work! He was recommended to me and I highly recommend him as well."- T.M. / Google / Apr 19, 2019
"I had a lower body lift done in December of 2019. Dr. Nuveen and the staff took incredible care of me, especially Sonia and Ashley. They anticipated my needs before I knew what I even needed. The overnight suite was perfect, as well. Dr. Nuveen has a true gift for balancing professionalism and a comforting bedside manner. I am elated with my results. So thankful I made the decision to have the surgery done at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates."- T.M. / Healthgrades / Jul 01, 2020
"Absolutely amazing experience. Nothing short of amazing. Great welcoming staff that help you feel at ease. 10/10 recommended!!"- M.A. / Facebook / Jun 16, 2020
Am I a good candidate for after weight loss surgery?
As you reach your goal weight, you may realize the need for skin removal surgery, especially if your skin causes chafing, infections, or pinches during certain movements. You may benefit from after weight loss surgery if you have:
- 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 experiencing significant weight loss because skin, when stretched for a long time, loses its elasticity and can no longer shrink back as the body becomes smaller.
Can I combine multiple body contouring surgeries?
After weight loss or body contouring surgery removes excess skin and fat that is loose, excessive, or hanging. Our team often recommends grouping lower or upper body treatments together. By doing this, we can minimize the costs, reduce the risk, maintain safety, and improve satisfaction with decreased recovery times. An example of how a surgeon may group the surgeries include:
- Total upper body lift: this includes arm lift (brachioplasty) and breast augmentation + breast lift.
- Body lift surgery: this includes a buttocks lift, lateral thigh lift, and full tummy tuck.
What should I expect during and after body contouring?
After weight loss surgery is considered a major operation, which requires some form of anesthesia. Generally, the average duration of surgery is between 2 – 3 hours. At the time of your procedure, a minimum of two experienced surgeons helps perform your lower body or upper body lift. Because of increased safety and satisfaction, an overnight stay in the hospital is NOT required or recommended. In these cases, we use at least one drain to help with fluid retention.
In rare cases, some complications may exist, including bleeding or hospital admission. To date, this has not occurred because of careful and precise techniques. Scarring does happen with these surgeries, but we do our best to place them in areas you can easily conceal. Additionally, we provide aftercare instructions that reduce scars and help with healing. Because the surgery provides such impactful and positive results, it's often life-changing to the patient.
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How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Since this type of surgery combines multiple procedures, the cost will depend on the number of procedures we perform. The average full body lift procedure starts at $14,570. All fees are listed under the tab “Pricing.” Total upper body lift surgery includes arm reduction, axillary reduction, or breast lift with implants. Your treatment plan generally includes a facility fee, anesthesia fee, garments, consultation, all follow-up care, and supplies. Medication costs do vary but depend on allergies and preferences. Typically, it's around $70 – 100.
**Fees are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until an examination is performed by a licensed physician. We will discuss all specific details of your care during a consultation. Often, additional records or information may be requested from sub-specialists to optimize your care.
What areas can I treat with after weight loss surgery?
We usually address the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, arms, and neck. The most common areas for improvement include the breasts and stomach, which we can perform at the same time. During your weight loss journey, the areas of loose skin tend to become more obvious. If you have reached your ideal weight but have loose skin, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons. Because this treatment is highly specialized, you should focus on finding a surgeon that works best for your needs over budget. We offer payment options to make it easier for you.
Should I be at my ideal weight before a body lift?
Ideal body weight before your surgery depends upon stability and health. Often, patients have a body mass index (BMI) below 30 prior to surgery, but some are not stable at this level. Therefore, we can accept patients with no other associated medical conditions and with a 40 BMI or higher. Sometimes, patients will lose around 15 – 35 pounds from the removal of excess skin and fat. Often, after surgical removal of excess skin, patients accelerate in their weight loss because of increased motivation and mobility.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
Unfortunately, insurance coverage is not available for this type of surgery. Based on your needs, we strive to provide high-quality service at a fair and fully transparent price. However, we can provide a letter supporting patient reimbursement to insurance companies for a $35 paper filing fee. Our financial coordinator works to provide accurate estimates associated with the physician-recommended procedures. She can assist in securing financing through various options. We sincerely care about your medical and financial well-being. Our team works with you to find the best, lowest fees, and lowest interest options for your surgery.
We are not affiliated with any financing company and do not receive benefits or compensation for our directing of patients to a particular group. We recommend home equity loans and bank-associated personal loans as a first choice. Alternative methods do exist, and we will help you achieve your goals thoughtfully.
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