After weight loss surgery is performed to help patients finalize their transformation after a major weight loss. When a patient loses 100 pounds or more, they may be at healthy weight, but they still have excess, sagging skin that hides the patient’s amazing change. Excess skin after weight loss not only prevents patients from looking the way they deserve, but skin folds can be uncomfortable and create hygienic problems. Dr. Earl Stephenson, a plastic surgeon in Snellville, Georgia, helps patients by surgically removing the excess skin and tissue from areas of the body like the breast, stomach, arms, butt, lets, hips, and face to show off the patient’s slim shape.
"Always Wanted a Breast Augmentation - Snellville, GA - Dr. Stephenson and his staff are EXCELLENT!!!!! Truly one of the best experiences of my life, thanks to this physician and his staff."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2016
"Just What I Needed - AMAZING"- D. / RealSelf / Jun 30, 2017
"Wish I Would Have Done It (Breast Reduction) Sooner! - After years of chronic back pain and chest pain, my family doctor finally referred me to a plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, for a breast reduction. The pros about the surgery is that I had immediate relief from my back and chest pain. I have gained confidence in how I look as well. The cons is that one of my nipples was almost lost. Dr. Stephenson was able to keep the tissue alive and to..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 24, 2017
"Was very pleased with Dr. Stephenson and his staff, in the way they provided personalized treatment for my procedure. Everyone is extremely patient and knowledgeable, and I highly recommend them for your personalized procedure!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 21, 2017
"I had a phenomenal experience. - My experience with Dr. Stephenson was phenomenal. He was kind, well mannered and explained everything throurouly about my procedure. After, my procedure I had three preopp follow ups with Dr. Stephenson. Now I'm up to my 10 day follow up which will be soon. Within this time period I've seen great results and I'm feeling better day by day. I'm very satisfied with the outcome of the surgery. Overall Dr. Stephenson is very humbled and true to his gift."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 01, 2017
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
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.