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The Post Weight Loss Edition: Skin Removal Surgery In Toronto

The Post Weight Loss Edition: Skin Removal Surgery In Toronto

How Much Does Skin Removal Surgery Cost?

Many people suffer from stubbornly droopy, sagging skin, particularly after a period of significant weight loss, such as after pregnancy. Unfortunately, excess skin does not respond to diet and exercise, which leaves many wondering about the cost of skin removal surgery. The cost of skin removal is not fixed, as it varies widely based on numerous factors, such as which procedure(s) are being performed. The best way to determine your custom skin removal surgery’s exact cost is by scheduling a consultation to discuss your goals and needs.

Am I a Good Candidate for Skin Removal Surgery?

As with any surgery, it’s important to determine your candidacy and understand all potential risks, because the more well-informed you are about your surgery, the better your results will be. 

Skin removal surgery candidates have realistic expectations, are in general good health, and have already remained stable for 6 months or more at their goal weight. It’s equally important to commit to maintaining an even weight post-op, as fluctuations can compromise results. Candidates should also be able to take enough time off to recover optimally.

Choosing an Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon

Skin removal surgery is highly specialized, which makes vetting your surgeon thoroughly a top priority. It’s important to ensure that your surgeon is highly qualified and experienced with formal training in body contouring techniques. Before anything else, always consult your cosmetic surgeon’s credentials to be sure they are board-certified and operate in exclusively accredited facilities. Additionally, take the time to evaluate their before and after photos to view the quality of their work—this will help you get an idea for their style and expertise.

Common Skin Removal Surgeries In Toronto

The best option available is skin removal surgery to get rid of that hanging skin and tighten the areas you are uncomfortable to show. The five most common skin removal surgeries are the following:

Tummy Tuck Surgery

The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgery that is done on the overlapping belly fat and skin that is just being a bit too stubborn to go away and tighten up. Tummy tuck is one of the most popular surgeries among men as well. This surgery is well suited for heavy losers who want to have more defined look on their waist and tighten their abdominal muscles.

Breast Lift and Reduction

After much weight loss, the breast might appear to be larger than some woman actually desire. Smaller women with larger breasts are more prone to neck and shoulder pain. Breast reductions allow for shapelier and natural-looking appearance of the breast.

In the procedure, the nipple-areola complex will be repositioned higher and excess skin will be removed. Some women may have sagging breasts following extreme weight loss. Usually, surgeons will recommend a breast lift. The breasts will be proportioned and have a much more rounded look.

Arm Lift

Bingo wings are one of the least appreciated fat deposits in the body and rightfully so. It can be hard to fill the excess skin in the area especially after a huge loss. The brachioplasty surgery will remove excess fat and skin generally from the upper arm. The upper arm, in this case, will be from elbow to the armpit area.

Thigh Lift

The thigh lift is the removal of excess fat and skin from the upper thigh. It is one of the more sought operations after weight loss especially since it is nearby the buttock regions. Some patients will also want butt lifts to have a shapelier look.

Neck Lift

The neck lift is a procedure for patients that have drooping or sagging skin on their neck. The sagginess of the neck happens due to old age. Having excess skin on the neck is a possibility after weight loss, though it is not that noticeable compared to other regions of the body where huge amount of fat was lost.

How Much Does the Average Excess Skin Removal Surgery Cost ?

While the exact price of your skin removal surgery will depend on the course of treatment outlined by your surgeon post-consultation, typical starting costs for the most common skin removal surgeries are as follows:

  • Breast lift: $4,200
  • Upper arm lift: $3,500
  • Panniculectomy: $8,000-$15,000
  • Lower body lift: $7,900
  • Thigh lift: $4,500

It’s also important to keep in mind additional fees for anesthesia, costs associated with the facility and materials used, and any post-op prescriptions.

Difference Between Panniculectomy and Tummy Tuck

People who’ve undergone significant weight loss are often left with a noticeable ‘apron’ of skin below the navel known as pannus. A panniculectomy removes this apron of skin to firm up and smooth the torso area. While a panniculectomy and a tummy tuck aim to remove excess lower skin from the belly, the primary goal of a panniculectomy is to remove the hanging skin, while a tummy tuck does this while additionally contouring your muscles and waistline. Depending on their needs, you might opt to have both procedures done at once, as many do.

How to Pay for Skin Removal Surgery

Surgery often means contending with larger-than-usual costs, so it’s natural to think about how you plan to pay for your procedure. Some insurance companies may cover it if you can demonstrate that your surgery is medically necessary. During your consultation, ask your surgeon about available payment plan options, as well as any special financing or discounts you may be eligible for. 

Skin Removal Surgery Consultation In Toronto

At SpaMedica we understand losing a ton of weight can be an exciting achievement. It should be! We want to compliment your achievement of weight loss with the body you envision. Candidates for the procedures must realize, like most surgeries, there will be scarring and their body will not look 100% perfect. But we have done countless procedures in our medical office with satisfied patients who can’t thank SpaMedica enough for changing their lives positively.

Speak with our staff at SpaMedica by calling us at 1-877-695-2835. We are here to achieve the best you.

Dr. Thomas Bell | SpaMedica

by Dr. Thomas Bell

Dr. Tom Bell, with over 25 years of practice experience dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery, pioneered Avenue Road and Yorkville as Toronto’s Beverly Hills of plastic surgery with his first surgical center in Yorkville’s Avenue road corridor back in 1986. Named as Canada’s best plastic surgeon by W magazine and one of the world’s best, Dr. Bell returns home to join the SpaMedica Plastic Surgery team as the reigning King of Plastic Surgery.
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