Dr. Steven Fagien & Dr. Elbert Vaca

Surgery After Weight Loss

Patients who have been successful with significant weight loss are often bothered by loose skin. These areas of loose skin can significantly impact your self-image, result in skin irritation, and can make it challenging to wear many types of clothing. Significant weight loss can result in extra skin in many areas of the body including the face, breasts, abdomen, back, and lower body. There are specific surgical procedures that can improve these areas including:

  • Facelift
  • Arm lift / brachioplasty
  • Breast Surgery: breast augmentation & breast lift
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Lower body lift
  • Thigh lift

Nutrition is an important consideration in aesthetic surgery after significant weight loss. Patients who have had weight loss surgery (i.e. gastric bypass) may have nutritional deficiencies. It is important to make sure you are maintaining a stable weight and exercise routine and that you have no nutritional deficiencies to decrease the risk of complications after surgery.

If I have extra skin in multiple areas, can I have all of these areas improved during the same surgery?

The main limiting factor is the amount of time under general anesthesia. For all elective surgeries, we try to limit surgery to 6 hours or less to minimize potential risks. During your consultation with Dr. Vaca, you both will better be able to decide your surgical plan. If there are multiple areas with extra skin you would like addressed, you may need to stage these procedures to limit the length of surgery.

Meet Dr. Vaca

Dr. Vaca

Dr. Elbert E. Vaca is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who completed his medical training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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Meet Dr. Fagien

Dr. Fagien

Dr. Steven Fagien is one of the foremost oculoplastic surgeons in the United States and the world. He completed his medical training at the University of Florida and a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.
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