After Major Weight Loss

A variety of body-contouring treatments can help those who have experienced major weight loss regain firmness and eliminate loose skin and tissue. You and your surgeon will determine the best options to achieve your desired result.

Arm lift — Known as brachioplasty, arm lifts remove fatty tissue and tighten skin of the upper arms, problem areas for many women. This procedure involves a combination of liposuction and skin tightening to achieve smaller, firmer arms.

The procedure takes approximately two hours and most go home the same day.

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Breast lift or breast reduction — Most people develop severe looseness (ptosis) of their breasts following major weight loss. A breast lift restores firmness in patients happy with their current breast volume. Some patients also require breast reduction to alleviate back and neck pain and restore proportionality to the newly smaller body. Several medical indications qualify breast reduction for insurance coverage.

For more information about these procedures, visit our breast lift and breast reduction sections.

Lower-body lift — A lower body lift is a combination of procedures that removes loose skin around the abdomen, waist, lateral thighs and buttocks. The procedures – tummy tuck, lateral thigh lift and buttock lift – can be performed together or in multiple surgeries. Through physical assessment, the surgeon can determine if a patient is a good candidate.

Medial thigh lift — Medial thigh lift removes excess fatty tissue and skin on inner thighs, which occurs in many patients after major weight loss. The procedure is often performed in combination with one or more other body-contouring surgeries.

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Panniculectomy (Medical ONLY) — Pannus is a layer of dense overhanging fat that occurs in patients after major weight loss or pregnancy. Unlike a tummy tuck, panniculectomy, or removal of the pannus, specifically addresses associated medical problems such skin irritation and erosion. Because of its medical indications, the procedure usually qualifies for insurance coverage.

In the state of Washington, if a patient has had gastric bypass or lap band surgery, some insurance companies may cover the cost of a panniculectomy if it is deemed medically necessary. We recommend you call your insurance company to discuss exactly what your plan covers.

Tummy Tuck — The front abdomen is the most problematic area after major weight loss, with many patients left with significant laxity in musculature and skin. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that tightens skin, and restores firmness to abdominal muscles. However, it is not a weight-loss procedure, and it has little impact on waist and buttocks. Patients desiring contouring in these areas typically require a lower-body lift.