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How much extra skin does a 6'3" man have after going from 380 to 205 pounds in 18 months from weight loss surgery also what are my options in terms of treatments and costs. How long after weight loss surgery should someone wait before seriously exploring

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
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In brief: Likely yes

With that weight loss, you might expect some excess skin.
Most insurance companies will cover the removal of lower belly skin if you have a persistent rash for three months. Usually you would wait about 18 months for this surgery. Good luck.

In brief: Likely yes

With that weight loss, you might expect some excess skin.
Most insurance companies will cover the removal of lower belly skin if you have a persistent rash for three months. Usually you would wait about 18 months for this surgery. Good luck.
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Dr. Mary Engrav
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Typically

Typically patients wait a year after their bariatric surgery to have skin reduction surgery.
Your weight should be relatively stable for at least three months. The amount of skin to be removed after bariatric surgery varies from patient to patient but can be substantial. Please see at least two plastic surgeons and also talk to their financial counselor to verify costs.

In brief: Typically

Typically patients wait a year after their bariatric surgery to have skin reduction surgery.
Your weight should be relatively stable for at least three months. The amount of skin to be removed after bariatric surgery varies from patient to patient but can be substantial. Please see at least two plastic surgeons and also talk to their financial counselor to verify costs.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Costs

Costs will vary dramatically according to the procedures performed and where they are completed.
It is generally advised to wait until you have achieved a stable weight for 6 months if possible. The amount of skin laxity following weight loss will vary in individuals according to fat deposits and genetic tendencies. I have seen people with skin excess limited primarily to the upper body while others will demonstrate a preponderance of lower body excess. Surgeries are designed to address the unique anatomy of each individual. In many instances this may require more than one surgical procedure to be accomplished in a safe fashion and does tend to have a higher revision rate than other cosmetic procedures. Male chest: in regards to your chest, the correct procedure will need to treat the excess fat, gland and skin. In many instances this may require more extensive incisions extending beyond the areola in order to lift and reduce the skin redundancy. Many different patterns of skin removal have been described. Tummy tuck: in regards to the tummy, you will likely need a full tummy tuck, but you may require a lower body lift or circumferential belt lipectomy. To better understand the full range of these procedures and see an example of a patient who underwent liposuction with skin excess and resulting skin laxity which had to be fixed with a tummy tuck, view the video below: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=h71ijjadmzs&list=uuwvt-tkexsj2gwawd86jfvw&index=18&feature=plcp.

In brief: Costs

Costs will vary dramatically according to the procedures performed and where they are completed.
It is generally advised to wait until you have achieved a stable weight for 6 months if possible. The amount of skin laxity following weight loss will vary in individuals according to fat deposits and genetic tendencies. I have seen people with skin excess limited primarily to the upper body while others will demonstrate a preponderance of lower body excess. Surgeries are designed to address the unique anatomy of each individual. In many instances this may require more than one surgical procedure to be accomplished in a safe fashion and does tend to have a higher revision rate than other cosmetic procedures. Male chest: in regards to your chest, the correct procedure will need to treat the excess fat, gland and skin. In many instances this may require more extensive incisions extending beyond the areola in order to lift and reduce the skin redundancy. Many different patterns of skin removal have been described. Tummy tuck: in regards to the tummy, you will likely need a full tummy tuck, but you may require a lower body lift or circumferential belt lipectomy. To better understand the full range of these procedures and see an example of a patient who underwent liposuction with skin excess and resulting skin laxity which had to be fixed with a tummy tuck, view the video below: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=h71ijjadmzs&list=uuwvt-tkexsj2gwawd86jfvw&index=18&feature=plcp.
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