After Weight Loss Surgery
Individuals who accomplish significant weight loss are to be commended, having overcome a big roadblock in their life. Unfortunately, while their new figure represents a huge accomplishment, in many cases they will be faced with new frustrations. This is often due to the hanging skin left behind on the body. Significant weight loss generally leaves patients with skin that cannot conform to the new shape. Regardless of where the hanging skin resides, surgical intervention is needed to correct the issue. Dr. S. Darrell Lee, a plastic surgeon at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, offers after weight loss surgery to Port St. Lucie, FL men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment and also serves as a final step in their weight loss journey.
The ideal candidates for skin removal surgery are those who have hanging folds of skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. Generally, this issue is noticed early on as a patient loses weight. The most popular areas of treatment include the bra line, chest, upper arms, thighs, tummy, and upper chin. If you have hanging tissue, skin removal surgery at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center can remove the deformity and secure the underlying tissue for a healthy, tighter look. It is important patients be at their goal weight before undergoing this surgery.
"Absolutely the most kind, caring and patient staff and Dr Lee is amazing. He is so good at what he does. I've had a few procedures done both in office and at surgery center. I'd recommend Dr Lee to anyone who is looking for a board certified plastic surgeon. I'm so thankful to have chosen them!"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 09, 2019
"My 4th surgery with Dr. Lee was Monday, 1/13/2020. for a Brachioplasty (upper arm surgery to remove loose skin). My procedure was performed at Bluewater Surgery Center in Port Saint Lucie. Dr. Lee and Dana in the OR are amazing as well as the entire staff at Blue Water Surgery Center. Dr. Lee & his entire staff at Lee Plastic Surgery & Lasar Center are outstanding in every way and always go above & beyond to please their patients. I couldn’t be happier with the results of every surgery I have had. Dr. Lee has done my tummy tuck, neck lift, & the removal of excess skin on my legs. I used to be 250 lbs 17 years ago. I had gastric bypass surgery 1/20/2003 and have been successful with losing the weight but needed the surgeries to make me feel even better about myself. I am on the top of the world at this point in my life. I am a very healthy 62 year woman, I eat healthy, & exercise 5 days per week. I must also mention Dr. Lee’s beautiful wife, Tricia, is a genuinely true professional in the skin care field. I see Tricia regularly for all my skin care needs. Dr. Lee excels in every field of plastic surgery and I couldn’t be happier with the results of every surgery he has performed on me. Dr. Lee & Staff: “Thank you so much for the difference you have made in my life. Your kindness, sincere caring, and concern make everything better and are a great encouragement.” “Thank you so very much for taking care of me and being so skilled at what you do. Every day of my life will be better because of you. From the bottom of my heart.... Thank you Patricia Ann Cara Donna"- P.A. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Best out there, anywhere! If you live closer to Dr. Lee you are VERY fortunate. You will be in the best hands with Dr. Lee and all his staff. I moved to Florida 10 years ago from Califonia and struggled to find just the right fit for me. Some dermatologist offices in the area (which shall remain nameless) were charging 3x the amount! The "shopping mall" skin center had their "plan" and wouldn't listen to my concerns or work within my budget. I was lucky to find Dr. Lee."- M. / Healthgrades / Jan 06, 2020
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"I recently underwent reconstruction after breast surgery for cancer. Dr. Lee was extremely professional, assistive and compassionate in all phases of my treatment. His staff was always friendly and worked with my schedule and insurance with utmost competence. I recommend Dr. Lee and his practice to anyone considering plastic surgery without hesitation."- D.P. / Google / Nov 16, 2019
Cosmetic skin removal surgery is generally considered a major treatment. It is performed using general anesthesia and can take about 2 – 6 hours, depending on how many procedures combined. Fat removal is usually used during surgery to remove pockets of fat, followed by skin excision. This surgery does require larger incisions than less invasive cosmetic surgeries, so scarring will be associated with this treatment. During surgery, every attempt is made by Dr. Lee to place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible. Dr. Lee or a member of his team will give you detailed scar care instructions for an effective outcome.
What to Expect
Once released from the surgery center, it is important to take a few days to recover at home. Tubes may be placed near the incision sites to help control drainage, and medical garments should be worn to assist with swelling. On average, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you will feel good enough to resume normal activities but depending on the treatment plan, it could take longer. Dr. Lee finds that most of his patients are healed around 1 – 6 months. This surgery can be life changing for patients, with visible results that are immediate. Finally, you will be able to wear the clothes you could not wear before and move freely without hanging skin slowing you down.
Plan Your Procedure
Reach Your Goals
Weight loss is such a huge achievement, and we congratulate you if you have met your specific goals. If loose and hanging skin is a current challenge, Dr. Lee encourages you to learn about your options for plastic surgery. Call Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie, FL today for more information. Our cosmetic team looks forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your final step in transforming your body.