After Weight Loss Surgery
Individuals who undergo significant weight loss are to be commended, having overcome a big burden in their life. Unfortunately, while their weight loss represents a huge accomplishment, some individuals will be faced with more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the hanging skin that resides on the body. Significant weight loss commonly leaves individuals with skin that cannot conform to the new shape. Regardless of where the hanging skin resides, plastic surgery is needed to correct the issue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch offers after weight loss surgery for men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment at one of our three New York locations and also serves as a lasting step in your weight loss journey.
"Professional and personable - As a patient in the midst of breast reconstruction due to cancer, Dr. Koch and his team have been so incredibly helpful from the start with drawing and notes that made it easier to understand during a very hard time. Dr. Koch helps to clarify at each step of the way and has been available to answer questions, respond to calls, and work through my confusion as the cancer process unfolded and the reconstruction work is now in progress. I am so grateful that he is my surgeon and absolutely recommended him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 19, 2019
"I have a history of breast cancer and have had over 20 surgeries all with complications to follow. I wish I had known about Dr. Koch 15 surgeries ago because I wouldn’t be writing my story. My previous surgeon was neglectful and didn’t take the precautions to ensure a safe and healthy recovery. I am so grateful I have found Dr Koch through another surgeon. Dr Koch is by far the most gifted surgeon. He performed a 9.5 hour surgery that was complicated. I am so excited to finally have hope because of this amazing surgeon."- D.B. / Healthgrades / Oct 28, 2020
"Gifted, Brilliant Surgeon - Dr Koch is an amazing gifted surgeon I’ve had over 20 surgeries due to complications from a previous doctor I have a history of breast cancer and lost all hope until I met Dr Koch. He performed a 9.5 hour surgery that was complicated and he gave me hope. I am so grateful I found him. He is beyond gifted. Thank you Dr Koch!"- K. / RealSelf / Oct 27, 2020
"When I first came in for my initial consultation with Dr.koch I felt extremely welcomed. I recently had a breast reduction with him and he did an amazing job. He did everything that I wanted done and plus some. Now I’m seeing him again for another surgery, and I can’t wait to see the outcome. I would definitely recommend dr Koch! He is thorough, he listens and is very knowledgeable! If you need any cosmetic work done go to him!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 06, 2020
"Dr, Koch approached me as if we are friends. His body language, smile,and easy manner put me at ease at this difficult time. He explained every thing he was going to do in the simplest way with drawings, a smile and holding my hand. He included my boyfriend through all my visits. He answered all of our questions, and concerns. I will recommend him to anyone. They will be satisfied with him and the magic he creates with his hands."- T.M. / Healthgrades / Feb 29, 2020
The ideal candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have hanging folds of skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. Most often, this issue is visible early on as a patient loses weight. If you are challenged by loose skin, skin removal surgery can eliminate the issue and secure the tissue and remaining skin for a healthy, tighter look. It is important patients are close to their goal weight before considering skin removal surgery.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin is almost always considered a major treatment. It is performed using general anesthesia and on average takes about 3 – 7 hours, depending upon the combination of procedures performed. Usually an overnight stay is necessary. A form of liposuction is typically integrated during surgery to remove pockets of fat, followed by the surgical removal of skin. This surgery does make larger incisions than most other cosmetic surgeries, so varying degrees of scars will be associated with this treatment. During surgery, every attempt is made by Dr. Koch to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Koch or a member of his team will also give you detailed scar healing instructions for an effective outcome.
What to Expect
Once released from our care, it is important to allow a week or two to recover at home. Tubes may be implanted near the incision sites to help control drainage, and medical garments should be worn to assist with swelling. For the average person, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to normal activities but depending on the level of invasiveness involved with the surgery, it could take longer. Dr. Koch finds that most of his patients are back to normal within around 4 – 6 months. Skin removal surgery can be life changing for many patients, with amazing results that are immediate. Finally, you will feel confident and wear the clothes you want and partake in activities without hanging skin keeping you from doing 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 will depend on what is all part of your treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will design your personal treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once the plan is decided, he can better estimate costs, including fees for anesthesia, the facility, pre- and post-surgical care, as well as other fees. To help you focus on getting the results you want from an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Koch, we accept many payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance policies, for the most part, won't 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 concern. If you would like to use your health insurance, please let Dr. Koch know during your first appointment. He will help you get the needed information and paperwork to complete your insurance claim.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Typical body parts that are corrected in after weight loss surgery are the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will listen to your needs and wants before performing a physical examination of your body. Once this is complete, he can give you his recommendations for what should be included in your after weight loss surgical procedure.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, loose skin will become apparent and it is usually around this time that you should schedule a consultation at one of our New York facilities. During this consultation, Dr. Koch can talk to about how to prepare for your surgery and what might be included in your custom treatment plan. Before moving forward with after weight loss surgery, you should be at or near a stable weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary depending on your surgical plan. If you're getting many areas treated, your recovery will take more time. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will talk to you about what you should expect during your recovery and provide suggestions to help you heal comfortably. Follow-up appointments at our practice will also need to be scheduled so Dr. Koch can monitor your progress.
Plan Your Procedure
Reach Your Goals
Weight loss is such a huge achievement, and we congratulate you if you have met your personal transformation goals. If stretched-out skin is a problem, Dr. Koch encourages you to learn about your options for plastic surgery. After weight loss surgery can further improve your silhouette, and help you achieve and surpass each and every one of the exciting body goals you set for yourself. Call Dr. Koch in New York to schedule a consultation today.