Typically after losing a substantial amount of weight, the skin and tissue lack the necessary elasticity to conform to the new body size. This causes the unsupported skin to sag and cause friction and irritation. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marguerite Bernett, in Irvine, seeks to help patients celebrate their new body by removing the extra unwanted and uncomfortable skin through surgery. If you have sagging and stretched skin left behind after a major weight loss, after weight loss surgery may be a viable option for you. Contact Dr. Bernett at one of her California offices to schedule a consultation and discuss how this treatment might benefit you.
"Patient. Explains everything very well. Detail oriented and is very interested in actually caring about people"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Aug 13, 2017
"There are no words describe how it feels to be a middle-aged woman that worked my whole life & I feel like time has taken away my beauty. I decided to take some risks and look into the world of plastic surgery. I work in the beauty industry had to have seen a lot of facelifts and a lot of really bad but jobs I work personally with three high and local Newport Coast plastic surgeons and still was never impressed. When I met Dr Bernette she was such an intelligent , calm, aristocratic loving beautiful woman! After my exam I realized how genuinely sincere she was when she told me-genuinely how beautiful I was. I really believe her.... said there are a few things that she would do 'procedures' that she suggested ( that were non-surgical )that would erase the looks of stress and tiredness, that even when I had slept for solid 12hrs a night, would not go away! I have gained such an education from her about what I eat and how that I feel projects such an inner beauty to come out! With her expertise and some of the most non-invasive and non-painful injectables! Also the help of The products she chooses to inject , she has a wide variety of choices that are all-inclusive with Hydrolonic acid ( probably spelling it terribly) and collagen have all doubled my experience of looking the way I want to look! Dr. B is a healer. I'm a single mother looking to find a healthy relationship ... but Before Dr. B I had been held back, feeling that my outer appearance was no longer attractive. NOW I feel so much more confidence when I put my hand out to shake someone's hand or smile and I feel like I don't look like I haven't slept in three days LOL. Thank you Dr B into your amazing staff it's a game changer I would recommend her Procedures and techniques to anyone! Love & Light -Hxo"- H.H. / Yelp / May 19, 2018
"All I can say is she was awesome !!! Love doctor Bernett! She did great job in guide me and making feel comfortable and answer all my question . I highly recommend her to any one that is looking into getting breast augmentation.. Facility is nice and staff are very professional and nice.."- C.B. / Yelp / Aug 03, 2017
"It is hard to put into words how very happy I am now that I have had the Mommy Makeover. After all of the exercising and dieting I did after my last pregnancy, the loose tummy skin and drooping, smaller breasts and stubborn fat, uhhh so frustrating. So with Dr. Bernett's s t outstanding treatment and very caring manner, I feel like a new person! There is no other way to describe it. I am happy being a mom of course even before the surgery, but now I am so very happy with my improved look : )"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 31, 2015
"I feel like a new person after my Mommy Makeover! I recently was treated by Dr. Bernett, and I couldn't be happier. After my last pregnancy my body changed a lot, not only weight gain, also drooping breast and the loose tummy skin. I did a good amount of exercise and was careful with my diet, but the drooping, and loose skin did not improve much. Plus some areas of fat are just darned stubborn! Now that those trouble areas are lifted and tightened, I truly feel so much better. Dr. Bernett really took care of me and was careful and caring all the way. Everything looks great, and I am feeling so much better !!!"- H.M. / Wellness / May 30, 2015
When the body loses fat, certain areas may not shrink smaller along with the weight loss. For most patients, surgery is the only option to remove the skin deformity. The typical symptoms or conditions that result form a massive weight loss that can be treated with surgery include:
- Sagging breasts that point downward
- “Turtle neck” or flabby skin near the neck
- Excess, hanging skin or pockets of fat around the abdomen or hips
- Sagging skin and excess fat or wrinkling around the buttocks
- “Bat wings” or sagging skin underneath the upper arms
- Sagging skin and excess fat on the thigh and upper leg region
Many surgeons recommend a combination of procedures for a tighter, more youthful appearance. Doctors do this to increase the chances of seeing optimal results for many years to come. A few possible combinations of how surgeons combine surgeries may comprise of an upper body lift, which addresses the arms, breasts, neck and abdomen, or a lower body lift, which addresses the abdomen, buttock, hips and thighs.
After weight loss surgery is a serious procedure taking around 4-7 hours on average to complete, although the number varies widely due to the patients unique needs and goals. It is performed under general anesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Scarring is an inevitable part of this surgery, but our talented surgeon uses the latest scar treatment methods to help minimize this as much as possible. For many individuals, after weight loss surgery provides results that are so positive, they are life transforming.
After weight loss surgery is typically a grouping of procedures that allow the costs to vary widely depending on the surgeries chosen and the nature of the surgical case. The average cost for after weight loss surgery is around $10,000-$15,000, but is in no form standard across the board for patients.
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After Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Common Areas Treated?
The most common areas for significant transformation of beauty are seen in the breasts and abdominal area, typically performed during the same surgery. This is sometimes called a Mommy Makeover. In addition, the buttocks, upper thighs, arms, neck, and knees are also common areas treated.
Due to the scope of the procedure, our team recommends that patients need to be close to or have already achieved their ideal reachable weight. However, there are times where taking away excess skin serves as a catalyst to the weight loss process. This is the case when sagging or annoying skin stands in the way of the patient’s workouts or other physical movement.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
As a generality, insurance companies typically do not reimburse clients for the expenses tied to a cosmetic surgery. Our billing coordinator works hard to give accurate assessments of surgical cost as well as thoroughly exploring if insurance can cover any of the cost. Sometimes, insurance will cover the cost for cosmetic surgeries where excess skin becomes a medical issue.
Reclaim Your Body!
Even after significant weight loss, your journey is often far from complete due to excessive and hanging skin over various parts of the body. To effectively get rid of this skin and to complete your look, after weight loss surgery is often needed. Since every patient has different needs, our medical staff works with you each step of the way to ensure that all of your goals are met and you look the best that you can possibly look. Give our office a call today to schedule a consultation.