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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Procedure

Significant weight loss often results in generalised skin laxity. This is commonly seen in the upper and lower abdomen, the breasts or pectoral region, the upper and lower back, and the upper arms and inner thighs. The face can also be affected.  Corrective surgery is commonly requested to remove excessive loose skin; however, cosmetic surgery is best deferred until maximal weight loss has been achieved either through diet and excercise or with the help of bariatric gastric stapling surgery. Your consultation will include an assessment of your priorities and goals as well as a detailed discussion of the various techniques available.

Weight Loss Surgery Process

The plan for corrective surgery will be agreed with you in advance and your consultant will guide you as to the best approach to achieve your goals. A series of procedures may be required to address all of your concerns and this can require more than one operation. Surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic with a one or two night stay in hospital.

The procedures involved may include: breast uplift (mastopexy), either alone or with the use of breast implants (augmentation mastopexy); tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), which may be circumferential or involve a vertical scar (lower body lift or ‘fleur de lys’ abdominoplasty); upper arm reductions (brachioplasty); or thigh reductions. Face lift surgery may also form part of the surgical plan. 

The skin wounds are often closed with absorbable sutures and the scars are positioned carefully to hide them as much as possible.

Tummy tuck
Thigh reduction and lift
Arm reduction and uplift

Weight Loss Surgery Aftercare

Following discharge from hospital, you will be provided with appropriate painkillers and dressings as required. Occasionally, specialised garments may be recommended. The recovery time will vary depending on the type of surgery performed, often requiring 2 to 3 weeks off work and sometimes longer if several areas are addressed.

A follow-up appointment will be arranged by the hospital to see the specialist plastic surgery nurses, who will monitor your progress. Afterwards, a review appointment with your plastic surgeon will be scheduled to ensure all is well and you are happy with your result. 

How much will it cost?

This will vary considerably depending on the number and types of procedures performed.  As a guide a tummy tuck procedure is priced at £5,500.

Are there any risks?

All surgery incurs an element of risk such as bleeding, bruising, swelling, asymmetry, infection, numbness and pain. Occasionally your wounds may take longer to heal than expected.  All of the risks associated with your surgery will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

What if I put weight back on?

This will certainly affect the final result and corrective surgery is best planned once you have achieved your target weight and this has been stable for 12 months or more.

Will I be covered if something goes wrong?

Our 'inclusive care' policy is such that if there is a complication or adverse outcome from surgery within the first year we can provide any further treatment required at no additional cost to you.


Price guide: dependent on the extent of the surgeries - your surgeon will advise during your consultation. 

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