Your Options for Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

Woman with loose skin after weight loss (model) pinching her stomach with a measuring tape around her hand.

Losing weight is a significant accomplishment, but sometimes weight loss results in loose, hanging skin. If you’re bothered by the appearance of excess skin, you may be considering plastic surgery after weight loss. Body contouring procedures such as an arm lift, thigh lift, or body lift can help you experience improved comfort and confidence, and get more enjoyment from your new shape.


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The Effects of Weight Loss On Your Skin

While losing weight can significantly improve your health, your quality of life may suffer if you’re self-conscious about leftover sagging skin. During weight gain, your skin expands and stretches, but it loses its ability to retract after it has been significantly stretched for an extended amount of time. Collagen and elastin become damaged, and skin loses firmness. Consequently, the more weight you lose, the more pronounced your loose skin will look.

What’s the Best Plastic Surgery for After Weight Loss?

When your skin doesn’t “snap back” after weight loss, you may want to consider excess skin removal surgery. Learn more below about some of the procedures we perform, and how they help you put the finishing touches on your weight loss:

Arm Lift After Weight Loss:

Arm lift, or brachioplasty, addresses excess skin on the upper arms. We typically make an incision that runs along the inside of the arm between the armpit and elbow. After surgery, you’re left with sleeker arms that are more proportional to your new shape.

Thigh Lift After Weight Loss:

Like the goal of an arm lift, a thigh lift removes excess, sagging skin from the upper thighs using incisions that are meticulously concealed in the natural thigh creases. Sometimes, it’s combined with a Brazilian butt lift for people who want rounder, uplifted buttocks.

Body Lift After Weight Loss:

A body lift removes excess, unwanted skin on the midsection and lower body. This procedure combines a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), lateral thigh lift, and a direct butt lift. It makes an incision around the entire trunk, lifting the outside of the thighs, butt, and tightening the abdomen all at the same time. Liposuction is almost always performed at the same time to contour the remaining trunk, and frequently we use that fat to add volume to the butt once it’s lifted with a butt lift. Our practice uses an advanced technique called SAFELipo®, which minimizes swelling and bruising and accelerates healing. You can learn more about the benefits of tummy tuck vs. liposuction in this related blog post.

Breast Lift After Weight Loss:

Many women are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after weight loss. A breast lift helps reshape sagging, pendulous breasts to restore a rounder, uplifted appearance. It can also help improve breast symmetry. Again, many women will then opt for adding a breast implant, or more commonly now, performing liposuction and transferring some of your own fat into the breasts to increase the size.

Are Body Lifting Procedures Just for Post-Weight Loss Patients?

No! These procedures can be performed on individuals who have excess skin regardless of the cause. Sometimes aging and gravity cause the skin to sag; other contributors include hormonal changes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. If you want skin tightened and lifted for whatever reason, we’re here to help.

Your Next Step

You deserve to show off your slimmed-down body with confidence! We’re here to help you enhance your weight loss and achieve your ultimate aesthetic goals. At your initial consultation, we’ll explore your concerns and work with you to determine which post-weight loss plastic surgery, or combination of procedures, best achieves your desired results. Simply request a consultation online or call us at (404) 885-8542 to get started.

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