What to expect from surgery after major weight loss
Excess skin removal surgeries are highly individualized and unique to each patient. Some women and men experience optimal results from a lower body lift, while others may require a breast or arm lift as well. We recommend waiting until your body has reached a stable weight after weight loss before body contouring to maximize the results, typically at least six months after the goal weight has been achieved.
Each surgery will vary in length and process, based on the skin and tissue being removed and number of procedures being performed.
Arm lift (brachioplasty)
This procedure involves removing hanging skin and tightening sagging between your elbow and armpit, resulting in toned, taut upper arms.
Buttock lift (gluteal augmentation)
This involves removing lax skin from the outer thighs and buttocks, resulting in a lifted backside.
Breast lift (mastopexy)
This surgery rejuvenates the breasts by lifting them to a youthful position while improving shape and firmness.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
This surgery tightens and removes excess skin and residual fat from the abdomen, and tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother and firmer mid-section.
Lower body lift (belt lipectomy)
This is a type of tummy tuck that combines a buttock lift and tummy tuck into one procedure.
During your consultation, your surgeon will develop a safe, effective surgical plan and recommend a body contouring approach unique to you. You may need more than one surgery to achieve your desired results.
Recovery time will vary. Much like our other surgeries, you can expect to take 1-2 weeks off of work, and a minimum of 6 weeks to fully recover. You will likely be required to wear compression garments as you heal to maintain contour.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your after weight loss procedure.