General questions

on 12/22/17 4:09 am

hi everyone

i have a few questions about plastics.

Is there a list of great surgeons?

do a lot of you travel to find a great surgeon

how long do you need to be at your goal?

general costs? I need thighs arms boobs my abdomen and neck

thank you so much for any advice


Gwen M.
on 12/22/17 6:42 am
VSG on 03/13/14

The ones most often mentioned on the east coast are Dr. Capella in NY and Dr. Michaels in MD. I know there are some west coast ones too, but I don't know their names off the top of my head. It's important to find a surgeon who specializes in reconstruction after weight loss because our skin is different and requires different techniques.

I lucked out because Dr. Michaels is local to me.

This depends on the surgeon, but they tend to want patients to be maintaining their weight for at least 3-6 months prior to surgery.

When I did the math for my procedures it worked out to around $7-8000 per procedure, with the lower body lift counting as two. (That includes all surgeon fees and hospital fees.) There are additional expenses as well - for me these included a night in a hotel close to the hospital prior to each surgery in order to not risk getting stuck in traffic and random medical supplies which add up.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Plastics with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL&brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL&mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 40 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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Laura in Texas
on 12/23/17 6:25 am

I am in Houston and Dr. LoMonaco here is one of the best. He has extensive experience with bariatric patients. I would highly recommend you find someone with bariatric experience. We are just "different".

I did not just want to look better than I did before plastics. I wanted to look good. I got the results I wanted.

Laura in Texas

51 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); CW: 140 (BMI=22)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

on 12/23/17 12:37 pm

I would wholeheartedly vouch for Dr. Reish in NYC, who did my breasts and tummy tuck. I've seriously never in my life received care from a doctor as top-notch as this. Super responsive, attentive, and he does wonderful work!

I was at goal for like 6 months pre-plastics, but I would have done it sooner. My surgeon didn't have a goal requirement but I will say that getting the plastics certainly makes me want to do everything in my power to maintain my results - much moreso than pre-plastics.

VSG: 06/24/15 // Age: 34 // Height: 5'10" // Lost so far: 190 lbs

HW: 348 (before 2 week pre-op diet) // SW: 326 // CW: 158

TT/Lipo & BL/BA: 07/21/17 with Dr. Reish (NYC)

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on 12/28/17 3:21 pm

Dr Sauceda in Monterrey Mexico. I had the works done, LBL, BL, arms, sm thigh and 4 days later a full facelift including upper and lower lids in 2011 and went back 2013 for an UBL. We have a group here on OH. Click on Dr Sauceda in my siggy line.

HW/225 - 5'1" ~ SW/205/after surgery 215 ~ CW/145~ BMI-25.8~Normal BMI 132 ~DS Dr Rabkin 4/17/08
Plastics in Monterrey - See Group on OH Dr Sauceda Jan 13, 2011
LBL, BL, small thigh lift, arms & a full facelift on 1/17/11
UBL 1/21/13
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