Body Contouring After Weight Loss Mobile, AL

If you’ve lost weight and now have loose skin around your body, Dr. Proffitt can help you improve your appearance. Body contouring includes cosmetic surgery procedures that reposition and tighten sagging skin that has failed to contract after weight reduction.

Mobile plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt is trained in body contouring techniques that help patients who have lost weight after bariatric surgery or intense diet and exercise regimens.

Who’s the Right Candidate for Body Contouring?

Weight loss is a very rewarding experience. However, it can also bring changes that you did not expect. Loose skin can become a problem on areas such as the:

  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Thighs

Men and women who have undergone successful gastric band or gastric bypass procedures are often good candidates for body contouring. A good body contouring candidate is healthy and has reached a stable weight.

Your Body Contouring Consultation in Mobile

During a visit to our Mobile, Alabama plastic surgery practice, Dr. Proffitt can answer your questions about body contouring. You can review photos from previous surgeries, and discuss the details of each procedure. Dr. Proffitt can help determine which, if any, procedures will be beneficial. Some of the common procedures involved include tummy tuck, buttock lift, body lift, breast lift, and other skin-tightening procedures.

How Body Contouring Works

After the skin stretches during weight gain, it does not always shrink once your body mass decreases. Using tissue removal techniques (known as excision) and liposuction, Dr. Proffitt can help improve your body shape. The surgery works by getting rid of excess skin and stubborn fat deposits on the abdomen, back, arms, thighs and/or buttocks. Body contouring can be done in stages. It is typically performed with a general anesthetic.

After Body Contouring

Body contouring will often involve multiple procedures spaced months to years apart, so the length and nature of the recovery period varies. Dr. Proffitt will work with you to create a surgical plan that takes into account your particular needs.

Most patients can expect to spend at least 2-3 weeks recovering following each surgical session. An elastic compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks to promote skin contraction and reduce swelling in treated area. After six weeks, most activities can be resumed.

If you’re interested in body contouring surgery following bariatric surgery or any other major weight loss method, please call or email the Mobile plastic surgery office of Dr. Randy Proffitt to inquire about a consultation.

Insurance Coverage

Many patients are interested in seeing if their insurance company will pay for their “tummy tuck” or “abdominoplasty”. Indeed, there are certain circumstances under which the insurance company will consider a “panniculectomy” medically necessary. What is the difference between and abdominoplasty and panniculectomy? An abdominoplasty involves excision of redundant skin and fat on the anterior abdomen, as well as “plication” or tightening of the muscle layer. A panniculectomy involves removal of the redundant skin and fat only. It does not include tightening of the muscle layer.

During my 25 years practicing plastic surgery, I have never seen an insurance company pay for or consider tightening of the abdominal muscle layer medically necessary. If a patient is undergoing a panniculectomy which is being covered by their medical insurance company and desire to have the muscle layer tightened, this can be performed at an additional fee.

Those patients who desire to see if their insurance company will cover their panniculectomy procedure, it is the patient’s responsibility to obtain supporting documents from their primary care physician or gynecologist. Insurance companies will require the office notes from the treating physician’s office documenting that the patient has skin problems(rash or infection) underneath the overhanging abdominal skin which is directly caused by the redundant skin. Records also have to include treatment in the form of a prescription for antibacterial cream and/or pills or antifungal cream and/or pills for this skin problem. Documents also have to include a second visit 3-6 months later noting that the treatment has been ineffective. Letters from the treating physician or a note written on a prescription pad saying the patient needs this procedure or that they consider it medically necessary, are not acceptable. Only office records made at the time of the office visit are acceptable. Once these documents are received by my office, then I will dictate a letter, as well as take photographs of the patient’s abdomen in the frontal as well as side views, and a photograph of the skin rash/infection itself. Occasionally insurance companies will only approve coverage if the overhanging skin and fat completely obscures the pubic area in addition. Again, it is the responsibility of the patient to supply these documents before a letter can be sent to the insurance company requesting coverage.

I have enclosed links below for two insurance company websites outlining their policy regarding coverage for abdominal panniculectomy.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama

 
United Healthcare