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 Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 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

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

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

52 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 150 (BMI=24)

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: 35 // 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) BL/BA Revision: 01/11/18 with Dr. Reish (NYC)

Unconventional Sleever & Low-Carb Lifer

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
Love my Body by Sauceda

on 1/27/18 1:01 pm

There are two other surgeons not yet mentioned that are well-regarded for bariatric plastic surgery are Timothy Katzen and Peter Fisher. Fisher did a few gals that I know and they look fabulous. Be sure to check out the personal stories posted on RealSelf from people who had LBLs with all of these plastic surgeons.

Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life


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