I’ve had gastric sleeve surgery and need body contouring. How do I know when the timing is appropriate?
An 18-month interval between bariatric surgery and body contouring surgery is typical, however patients that have reached their goal weight or plateaued may undergo body contouring surgery earlier provided that their bariatric surgeon approves of an earlier intervention.
I had gastric bypass surgery and my anatomy is now different than most people. Is your anesthesia provider familiar with patients like me?
Absolutely. Both Dr. Pratt as well as the anesthesia providers are familiar with bariatric surgery patients. Dr. Pratt’s anesthesia personnel also work in the operating rooms of the area hospitals were gastric bypass surgery is done routinely. During his general surgery residency, Dr. Pratt performed dozens of gastric bypass surgeries, so he is quite knowledgeable about the anatomical variations associated with these procedures.
I think I need my entire body lifted. In what order do you prefer to do your surgeries for massive weight loss patients?
Patient preference is always taken into consideration, however based on the extent of contouring, Dr. Pratt will develop a stepwise plan that makes the most logical sense for both the operating room as well as your ability to effectively recover.
Does my tummy tuck incision need to go all the way around? I’ve seen a couple of plastic surgeons and I’ve gotten mixed messages.
Quite often, in plastic surgery, there can be more than one correct answer. This “shades of grey” outlook and different approaches amongst surgeons is inherently part of the artistic freedom seen in plastic surgery but tends to create more confusion for prospective patients. Following your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Pratt, he will assess whether or not a circumferential tummy tuck (also known as a belt lipectomy) is indicated to become the best version of yourself. Although usually not mandatory, if sagging skin is present over the lower back and buttocks, a belt lipectomy brings about a more uniform, harmonious, neater appearing mid-section. Although the incision length is slightly longer, this typically does not mean a lengthier recovery.
My insurance company said they would pay for a portion of my surgery. Does Dr. Pratt take insurance?
In very extreme cases, some insurance companies may cover skin removal for infectious and inflammatory conditions related to skin redundancy. Insurance may cover a procedure such as panniculectomy, but invariably will not cover a more aesthetically oriented procedure such as a tummy tuck.