After Weight Loss Surgery
Women and men alike who accomplish major weight loss are usually ecstatic, having moved past a big roadblock in life. Oftentimes, unfortunately, while their new figure represents a proud accomplishment, they will face new frustrations. This is often due to the sagging and loose skin left behind on the body. Massive weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot shrink to the new body frame. No matter where the skin laxity resides, surgical intervention is necessary to eliminate the issue. Board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. George Kouris performs skin removal cosmetic surgery for Hinsdale, IL patients. This usually is a life-changing procedure at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and is also a final step in their personal transformation.
"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Kouris and his team! From the moment I spoke with Suzy the receptionist to book my appointment, to consulting with Nurse Sheila and Dr. George about procedure options, I felt comfortable and confident about my decision to move forward with Dr. Kouris. Dr. Kouris took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns. Dr. Kouris is a highly skilled, dedicated and caring physician who strives to do exceptional work in a safe manner. I very much appreciate Dr. Kouris!"- C. / Healthgrades / Jan 13, 2020
"I will start by mentioning that Dr. Kouris is an excellent doctor all-around. He is compassionate, very knowledgeable, extremely polite, and has a wonderful team - Sheila and Suzy are the best!I have known Dr. Kouris since 2017. I had 3 procedures - Breast reduction, Tummy Tuck and brow lift. I am 54 years old looking like i am in my 40s. I love all 3 of my procedures but my brow lift is incredibly natural. No one realizes what I had done. I am receiving compliments about how young I look. Ultimately, I believe the doctor that makes you look younger and feel extremely confident in your own skin has a magic touch! I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the search of doing any plastic surgery. Give Dr. Kouris a shot, you will not be disappointed."- M.K. / Google / Dec 27, 2019
"I have never been so assured of a doctor's capabilities. Dr. Kouris is kind, patient, and dedicated. His knowledge and demeanor put me at ease right away. I will always be grateful that he is in my life."- A.G. / Google / Dec 23, 2019
"I recently had some elective surgery with Dr Kouris. He listened very carefully to my hopes and concerns, and we came up with a plan. I could not be more pleased with the results. I felt like I was in very capable hands with Dr Kouris, his nurse Sheila, and the whole office staff from start to finish. I will definitely recommend Dr Kouris to anyone searching for a qualified plastic surgeon."- M.S. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
"UPDATE: The clinic called me back and asked if I could come in for complementary Botox to make up for the previous problems. The appointment went well. I met with Dr. Kouris and let him know that he didn't have to completely comp the Botox but he insisted and profusely apologized. He is a nice man and he truly care about his patients and their time. Kudos to him for making things right:) I’ll start with saying that I hardly ever write a poor review. However, I am very disappointed with this clinic. I made an appointment over a month ago for the 12th of December and let the receptionist know that I would be coming in during my lunch break. She assured me that they would be able to see me in a timely manner. I was supposed to be receiving a consult for skincare as well as Botox. Eight days before my appointment, I was contacted by Dr. Kouris’ receptionist reminding me of my appointment on the 5th. I let her know that she was mistaken that my appointment was made for the 12th as my husband was out of town during the 5th and I would not have made an appointment for that day. She apologized and updated her schedule for the 12th. On the 9th I was once again contacted by the receptionist letting me know that the individual who would be assisting with the skincare consult would be out of the country on the 12th and would not be able to see me during my appointment and let me know that I would need to make another appointment to see her. I was a bit bothered by this given this was the second “mishap” with scheduling but she let me know that she would have the person give me a call the following day so I could at least speak with her. I thought it was a nice gesture, so I agreed. I was able speak with the individual but as expected, she ultimately said she would need to see me to make any definite suggestions. Well, today I showed up for my appointment at 12:00 and was given paperwork to complete. I let the receptionist know, once again, that I was on my lunch break and needed to be sure they were aware that I didn’t have much time. She let me know that she would remind the clinic team and not to worry, they would get me back in time. Well, 45 minutes later, I was still waiting to see someone from the clinic staff. I had to leave before seeing anyone. The receptionist said “Sorry, we had another patient JUST stall everything”. I told her that I was more bothered by the fact that nothing had been communicated to me than the fact that they were running behind. I was also bothered by the receptionist lack of concern that I had to leave before being seen. I would expect more than a simple “sorry”. The explanation was only given after I prompted for more information. A clinic that allows the receptionist to be the face of the organization should strive for a more sympathetic, organized, communicative, individual."- E.Z. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
The best candidates for skin removal surgery are those who are dealing with stretched and hanging skin due to a massive weight loss or fluctuation. Generally, this challenge is noticed early on as the body begins to change shape. If you have hanging skin, this surgery at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery can remove the issue and secure the underlying tissue for a tighter and healthier appearance. It's recommended that patients be at a healthy weight before undergoing this surgery.
Cosmetic skin removal surgery is generally considered an invasive treatment. This surgery utilizes general anesthesia and can take between 3 – 7 hours, depending on how many procedures are being performed. In most cases, a hospital stay is necessary. Fat removal is often used during the procedure to remove fat tissue, followed by skin excision. Plastic surgery of this nature does require longer incisions than less invasive cosmetic procedures so scarring will be a part of this treatment. During this procedure, every effort is made by Dr. Kouris to place the incisions as discreet as possible. Dr. Kouris or a member of his team will give you specific scar care instructions for a healthy outcome.
What to Expect
When you are released from the surgery center, you will need to take a few days to rest at home. Small tubes may be placed near the incisions to help minimize swelling and drainage, and compression garments will be provided to minimize swelling. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume low-impact activities, but considering the treatment plan, it may take longer. Dr. Kouris finds that most of his patients are healed around six months. This surgery can be a life-changer for patients with visible results that are immediate. Once healed, you will be able to wear clothing you want and move freely without layers of wrinkled skin slowing you down.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
Total costs for after weight loss surgery varies based on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will create your personalized treatment plan to fit your areas of concern. When this is determined, he can then estimate your costs, which will include facility fees, anesthesia, care before and after your surgery, and more. In order for you to concentrate on getting great results from a trusted doctor, like Dr. Kouris, we take several payments and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my after weight loss surgery?
Insurance companies, on the whole, will not pay for the costs of elective surgery. Although, policies do vary and may cover you if excess skin is deemed a medical problem. If you are planning to submit a claim to your insurance company, please let Dr. Kouris know in your consultation. He can give you the necessary paperwork and information to submit to your insurance company.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Common areas that are addressed in this procedure are the stomach, butt, upper thighs, neck, arms, and breasts. In your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will understand your needs and concerns before completing an exam. When this is done, he will give you his suggestions on what needs to be part of your surgery.
When should I schedule my after weight loss surgery?
During the course of losing weight, the areas of excess skin will become more obvious and it's usually a good time to schedule your initial consultation at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. In this initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will discuss what you should do before your after weight loss surgery and what areas should be part of your treatment plan. Before scheduling this procedure, you need to be at or near your goal weight.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
The length of your recovery will depend on the extent of your surgery. If you had several areas treated, you should plan more time for your recovery. In your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will let you know what you can expect after surgery and tips to make you feel more comfortable. Appointments for follow-up exams at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery should be scheduled so Dr. Kouris can assess your healing.
Plan Your Procedure
Reach Your Goals
Losing weight is such an awesome accomplishment, and we are so happy for you if you finally met your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, Dr. Kouris invites you to learn more about your alternatives for skin removal and body contouring. After weight loss surgery could further transform your body and help you to meet and surpass all of the outstanding goals you made for yourself. Contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL for more information.