All Your Post-Weight Loss Surgery Questions Answered

Dr. David Stoker

Woman running in Los Angeles after recovering from weight loss surgery with Dr. Stoker

If you’re considering post-weight loss plastic surgery here in the Los Angeles area, you probably have quite a few questions about your exciting next step. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery after weight loss, I’m more than happy to help any prospective patients learn as much about their options as possible. It’s an essential part of the process, and it starts long before you walk through my practice doors.

In this blog post, I’ll be answering a few commonly asked questions about post-weight loss surgery, from scar locations to age restrictions to what you should look for in a potential surgeon.

What does a lower body lift involve?

Lower body lifts typically include a tummy tuck, buttock lift, and thigh lift. The incision is usually concealed around the waistline and can be easily hidden in swimwear. A pubic lift is also frequently included as part of a lower-body lift.

Do I have to be at my goal weight to have surgery?

It’s certainly ideal to be at or very near your goal weight before a body contouring procedure. The elasticity of the skin plays a role in the surgical outcomes and significant weight changes can affect your results. However, you don’t have to be exactly at your goal weight. It is mainly important that your BMI is under 30, which will reduce your risk of complications. Learn more in our previous blog post.

Is there an age limit for post-weight loss surgery?

There is not a specific age limit. I’m mainly interested in whether you’re healthy enough to have a safe and successful surgery. Considerations include vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which are common among post-weight loss patients, along with any health conditions that may impair your ability to heal. This is something we’ll discuss more in-depth during your personal consultation.

How do I choose the best plastic surgeon for my procedure?

There are a few qualifications you should look for in a plastic surgeon:

  • Board certification in plastic surgery
  • Specialization in body contouring
  • Experience in performing combined surgical procedures
  • Listens carefully and works closely with you and demonstrates respect for your individual journey

What does arm lift scarring look like?

Arm lift scarring typically depends on the technique used.

  • Elbow to axilla: This very common choice involves an incision from the fold of the elbow to the armpit.
  • Liposuction only: Scarring is very minimal, and location may vary.
  • Mini arm lift: Incisions are placed in the armpit and may sometimes extend a few inches down the arm.
  • Arm and axillary: Incisions are placed on the upper arm and armpit.
  • Elbow lift: Incisions are carefully made across the elbow to preserve range of motion.

Can I have multiple surgeries done at the same time?

Yes. In fact, this is very common in post-weight loss surgeries. I’ve extensively researched and published on the safety and effectiveness of combined body contouring procedures. It’s a technique I’ve found to be especially successful and efficient.

For more answers to your questions, check out my post-weight loss surgery FAQ page.

To see examples of the results you can expect from post-weight loss plastic surgery, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you’re ready to move forward with your plastic surgery journey in the Los Angeles area, please contact us using the online form or call (310) 300-1779 to request a consultation.

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