Dr. Hootan Daneshmand

Skin Removal Surgery in Bakersfield and Orange County

skin removal surgery

Orange County Skin Removal Surgery

Skin removal surgery is a sensible next step after losing a significant amount of weight. Even if you don’t think that your weight loss will result in loose skin, it still happens. Losing weight is an incredible accomplishment for any person, and getting rid of excess skin is like getting rid of a painful reminder. Underneath the excess skin, we know that you’re proud of what your body has accomplished. So why not put the finishing touches on the body you worked so hard to achieve? Whether you lost your weight through diet and exercise or through gastric bypass surgery, your accomplishments are perfectly valid.  At Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute, we understand that you want your hard work to be reflected in your outward appearance. That’s why we offer skin removal surgery for patients of all backgrounds. Whether you lost the weight over time or if you lost it with the help of bariatric surgery, excess skin removal is like putting a fresh coat of paint on a beautiful restored vehicle. If you lost weight and have excess skin, schedule a consultation with us today. Call Dr. Daneshmand’s Orange County plastic surgery office at 949-359-8397, or visit us online.

How Painful is Skin Removal Surgery?

A question we hear quite often is, “Will it hurt?” Fortunately, during the procedure, you won’t feel anything. Medications and anesthesia will keep you comfortable throughout the process. Depending on how much skin removal you’re having done, your doctor will use either local or general anesthesia. However, once this anesthesia wears off, it is likely that you will experience some discomfort.

We recommend that you schedule at least two weeks off work, regardless of the extent of your procedure. This is because, for those first two weeks after the procedure, you must focus on healing. Refrain from working out, lifting heavy objects, and all other vigorous activities. These activities are very likely to jeopardize your recovery. 

During the first few days, you will see swelling, soreness, and bruising of the area. However, your doctor will prescribe medication to manage your pain and keep you comfortable. Keep resting, take short walks around the house to prevent blood clots, drink a lot of water, and eat as healthy as you can. Combining all of these habits will ensure a speedy recovery. Also, your doctor will likely recommend that you wear a compression garment. Wear it! Not only do they support the affected area of the body, but they also protect the area. Wear these garments as often as directed by your doctor.

How Much is Skin Removal Surgery?

Much like other plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, it is difficult to pinpoint what your cost will be before a consultation. The best person to speak with about pricing is the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. Ultimately, two of the biggest influences on price are the amount of skin being removed and the geographic location of the procedure.

How to Get Skin Removal Surgery Covered by Insurance

Unfortunately, most insurance policies do not cover elective procedures like skin removal surgery. While it is not impossible, it is very difficult. However, many plastic surgery offices accept and negotiate payment plans. Many offices have financing options for their patients, as these procedures often end up quite pricey. The best way to determine your financial options is to schedule a consultation with your preferred surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Do I Qualify for Skin Removal Surgery?

Certain factors exist that make up a good candidate for skin removal surgery.

Some qualities that increase your chances of having this procedure can include:

  • You achieved your goal weight (congrats!), and this weight has remained stable for at least 6 months. Weight fluctuations after skin removal surgery often negatively impact the results from your procedure.
  • You are in generally good health. Certain medical conditions greatly increase the risk factors of skin removal surgery.
  • You have realistic expectations about the procedure and its results. While this procedure does improve your shape and appearance, it by no means guarantees a perfect figure.
  • You understand that you will have scars while wearing certain, more revealing clothing.
  • You are willing and able to take at least two weeks off of work, if not more.

How Much Excess Skin Do I Need for Skin Removal Surgery?

Technically, there is no hard-and-fast rule about how much excess skin you need. Some people have upwards of 5 pounds of excess skin, while others have less. As it is a highly personalized procedure, we recommend that you consult with your doctor if you have excess skin that you’d like to get rid of. As we stated before, we perform skin removal surgery on many different patients for a variety of reasons. For more information on your candidacy for this procedure, we recommend calling our Orange County office.

How Long Does Skin Removal Surgery Take?

Before the procedure itself, you will discuss how much skin to remove, as well as where to remove it from. This will give both you and your surgeon a good idea of the length of the procedure. Some patients only go under the knife for 2 hours, while others go through 7 hours. This is due to the highly personalized nature of skin removal surgery.

As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Trust that your surgeon has planned your surgery according to your expectations. Above all else, your surgeon will prioritize your well being. This might lead to longer procedure times. However, we work closely with anesthesia providers to maintain your comfort throughout the process.

Will I Have Scars After Skin Removal Surgery?

Unfortunately, scars are basically an inevitable part of plastic surgery. However, not every patient experiences scarring in the same way. We plan our procedures with much strategy in mind, and determine where to place your incisions. Our priority is making those incision scars as invisible as possible. In many cases, we opt to place the incisions on the lower part of the abdomen or the groin area. This allows patients to hide their scars with underwear and swimsuits. 

In order to let scars to heal properly and fade considerably:

  • Avoid scratching the incisions
  • Keep them out of direct sun exposure

Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Skin Removal Surgery

If you have excess skin after weight loss or gastric bypass surgery, we invite you to speak with Dr. Daneshmand at the Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute. As a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited operating facility, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Along with our skin removal surgery, we also perform a wide array of other cosmetic procedures. These include tummy tucks, liposuction, hip dip surgery, and so much more. Call our Orange County office today at 949-359-8397 to schedule your consultation. You can also visit our website and fill out our online intake form.