Losing weight is a great accomplishment and is a great first step towards a healthier lifestyle. However, a lot of people suffer from excess skin that can get in the way. As a result, skin removal surgery is frequently requested in many parts of NJ. Also referred to as “body lift surgery” and “skin reduction surgery,” many people consider this solution after extreme weight loss. After correcting sagging skin and improving the contour of the body, patients typically feel a stronger sense of self-confidence and continue on their journey to health and wellness. Read on to learn more about this body contouring solution so you can have an educated conversation with your doctor.
What is skin removal surgery? What to expect
In the most basic terms, skin removal surgery is when excess skin is cut away and sutured back together so the skin lays flat. There is no muscle involvement unless the plastic surgeon deems it necessary in your unique case. In these cases, underlying muscle and tissue may be repositioned, tightened, and stitched. A plastic surgeon can perform this surgery at almost any part of the body where the patient needs skin removed. This includes the following parts of the body.
The procedure typically takes place in either a hospital or outpatient setting. The patient is under general anesthesia. The surgeon will then make the necessary incisions in the targeted area. The surgeon then removes excess skin and fat through these incisions. The remaining skin and fat above the belly button are stretched and sutured in place. The surgeon shifts the belly button to a normal position on the body. Finally, the surgeon inserts a drain to prevent the accumulation of fluids.
How to prepare for skin removal surgery in NJ
To prepare for skin removal surgery, you will have an evaluation appointment with your surgeon. During this appointment, you and your surgeon will discuss your specific needs for skin removal surgery. At this appointment, it is important that you ask any lingering questions you may have so you can achieve full peace of mind regarding your decision.
Your surgeon will make several recommendations on how you can prepare that are specific to your unique case and health condition. Generally, your surgeon will recommend the following.
- Avoid or change the timing of certain medications
- Quit smoking
- Limit certain foods and liquids
Skin removal surgery recovery timeline
Your surgeon will take you to the recovery room immediately following skin removal surgery. Your medical team will monitor your vitals and ensure everything is normal. After 24-48 hours, depending on your unique condition, you will be able to return home for the rest of your recovery. There may be pain for the first 48 hours after the procedure.
In most cases, exercise or vigorous activity is limited in the first four weeks of recovery. Most patients are able to return to work after one to two weeks.
Skin reduction surgery risks
The risks associated with skin reduction surgery are as follows.
- Anesthesia risks
- Persistent pain
- Unfavorable scarring and/or skin discoloration
- Skin or fat necrosis
- Excessive bleeding or hematoma
Deep vein thrombosis
Cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Loss of sensation
Chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual heartbeats, or excessive bleeding may be signs of more serious complications. If you experience any of these risks or complications, reach out to your surgeon immediately.
Skin reduction surgery cost breakdown
The cost of skin removal surgery in NJ varies from patient to patient. Several variables affect the price of skin reduction surgery, including the following.
- The setting of the procedure
- Surgeon’s fee
According to the 2014 Statistics Report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average total cost of a lower body lift was $7,843; however, costs can reach $20,000.
Does insurance cover skin removal surgery?
In some cases, insurance covers skin reduction surgery. To find out if your procedure can be covered, reach out to your provider. Your carrier can walk you through the requirements for insurance coverage.
The right plastic surgeon for excess skin removal in NJ
Dr. Berlet has over 20 years of experience performing skin removal surgery in NJ. His patients are from Essex and Bergen counties and the surrounding areas. He has a very strong reputation as a plastic surgeon due to his breadth of expertise in a wide array of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. For more information about how Dr. Berlet can help you with skin reduction surgery, please reach out to our experienced staff. We want to help you achieve your goals!