After Weight Loss Surgery
Patients who lose a great deal of weight are to be commended, having overcome a big burden in their life. While their weight loss represents a huge accomplishment, some individuals will be faced with more frustrations. The new challenge is usually the loose and wrinkly skin that resides on the body. Regardless of where the sagging skin bothers a patient, plastic surgery is needed to eliminate the issue. Plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala offers after weight loss surgery for Metairie, LA men and women. This can be a life-changing treatment at A Woman Plastic Surgeon and also serves as a lasting step in their weight loss journey.
"Iam in my mid 40's and a mother of one child. I have a very demanding and active job in the medical field. I see woman of all ages complain of the way they look and how their bodies have changed with age, pregnancies and yo- yo dieting. Well I'm one of those women!! Although having one pregnancy it definitely was enough to change my body. I was left with excessive loose skin. Later adding three laparoscopic surgeries, and years of weight loss and weight gain. My tummy became a train wreck!! After years of contemplating surgery I decided it was now time to get my body back. I choose Dr. Mizgala because of her outstanding reputation as a surgeon. I have seen some of her work and talked with patients about their experience and knew she was the Dr. of choice for me. Iam now three months post surgery and feeling wonderful!! I love my new tummy and belly button. I put on a bikini for the first time in over twenty years. My confidence level is higher than it has been in years. For anyone contemplating surgery dont put it off. For me it was a life changing experience."- S. / Google / Aug 07, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala is Phenomenal! - I recently had a Tummy Tuck / Liposuction procedure done by Dr. Mizgala and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Dr. Mizgala and her staff a great. They made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions no matter how many I asked and believe me I asked a lot of them. I have never experienced a doctors visit as pleasant and professional as the ones I had with her. She will have my..."- L. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"very knowledgeable and friendly. She really cares about her patient."- L.P. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
"Excellent experience - It has been a few years but she was very patient and kind and really cared about me. Her staff was also great. I still recommend people to her even though it’s been overs 5 years. JoAnn Proctor"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 26, 2019
The ideal candidates for after weight loss surgery are those who have excessive loose skin due to losing a significant amount of weight. If you are challenged by loose skin, surgery at A Woman Plastic Surgeon can make a huge transformation and create a tighter appearance.
Plastic surgery to remove loose skin after weight loss is an individualized plan. Each procedure is customized to each patient. Dr. Mizgala tries to combine as many procedures as possible to get your body back and does so by creating a plan that includes a safe, well-planned surgery. When procedures are combined, an overnight stay is recommended. During surgery, every attempt is made by Dr. Mizgala to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Mizgala or a member of her team will give you comprehensive scar healing instructions for the best outcome.
What to Expect
Once released from our care, it is important to allow a week or two to recover at home. Medical garments provided by Dr. Mizgala should be worn to reduce swelling. For the average person, it takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks until you can go back to regular activities. Skin removal surgery can be life changing for patients with amazing results that are immediate. Finally, you will feel confident and wear the clothes you want and partake in activities without sagging skin keeping you from the things you love to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does after weight loss surgery cost?
At our New Orleans plastic surgery office, our team loves to work with patients who have worked hard to lose weight and create a new life for themselves. That is why when it comes to skin removal surgery after a massive weight loss, Dr. Mizgala becomes a part of the final transformation. On average, depending on the body part being addressed, the complexity of the surgery, and how much skin is being removed, the pricing can vary between $3,800 – $10,000. This is an important surgery for so many of our patients, thus, we will work with you on payment and financing options so you can attain the results you deserve.
What will be included in my after weight loss surgery?
Any body part might need improvement after weight loss surgery. Common areas include the buttocks, thighs, arms, neck, and breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Mizgala will listen to your priorities before performing a physical examination. Once this is complete, she can give you her recommendations for what should be included in your after weight loss surgery.
When should I get my after weight loss surgery?
When you have lost a significant amount of weight, loose skin will become apparent and it is usually around this time that you should schedule a consultation at A Woman Plastic Surgeon. During this consultation, Dr. Mizgala can talk to you about how to prepare for your surgery and what might be included in your custom treatment plan.
What will my recovery be like after surgery?
Your recovery will vary, depending on your surgical plan. If you're getting many areas treated, your recovery will take more time. During your consultation, Dr. Mizgala will talk to you about what you should expect during your recovery and provide at-home care instructions to help you be more comfortable. Follow-up appointments at A Woman Plastic Surgeon will need to be scheduled so Dr. Mizgala can monitor your progress.
- Average Cost
- $7,900 - $25,000
- Recovery Time
- 7-21 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 week
Reach Your Goals
Weight loss is such an outstanding achievement, and we congratulate you if you have met your personal transformation. If stretched-out skin is a problem, Dr. Mizgala encourages you to learn about your options for cosmetic skin removal. After weight loss surgery can finesse the body you have strived for and help you achieve and surpass each and every one of the exciting body goals you set for yourself. Call A Woman Plastic Surgeon in Metairie, LA to speak with our patient coordinator.