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Surgery after weight loss is performed to reduce the quantity of excess hanging skin and tissue that is left after bariatric surgery or weight loss achieved through diet and exercise. The skin may be unable to retract around the new body shape, leaving unsightly hanging skin that must be surgically removed.

Have you been left with excess skin after a dramatic weight loss? We can help.

If you have taken the necessary steps to lose excess weight, congratulations! Whether you chose to have bariatric surgery, balloons, or strictly followed a diet to achieve a healthier weight, you have taken the first step to a happier, more confident life. Unfortunately, you may be left with excess hanging skin that gets in the way of the ability to fully enjoy your new shape. That is when surgery after weight loss can help.

What happens during surgery after weight loss?

Body contouring surgery after massive weight loss is designed to remove excess skin that does not contract to appropriately fit your new shape. The exact procedure performed will depend on the part(s) of your body affected and the amount of loose skin that is present. The areas most frequently treated for skin excess after massive weight loss include:

  • Abdomen (which may have a “skin apron”)
  • Upper arms
  • Thighs (inner thighs or outer thighs)
  • Flanks (“love handles”)
  • Breasts
  • Face
  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Buttocks

Your excess skin removal procedure will be custom designed to address all body areas with skin laxity and
extra tissue to create a smooth, firm body, free from unsightly hanging skin. The operation is performed
under anesthesia and involves the surgical removal of the unwanted skin, resulting in a tightening of
the area so that once healed, it appears smooth and firm. Liposuction may be incorporated in these
procedures as well to address any body contour irregularities due to persistent fat deposits.

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How much does surgery after weight loss cost?

Every person has unique needs, and the costs of the surgery vary based upon the number of areas requiring correction and the complexity of the correction necessary. The first step is a private consultation so your condition can be evaluated, and a custom quote created to match your needs.

What procedures will I need to remove excess skin after weight loss?

Several procedures may be necessary, which may include one or more of the following:

The final step in your weight loss journey: Surgical removal of excess skin.

There are few things more satisfying than succeeding in losing a great deal of weight. Excess skin after massive weight loss is a common complaint that can prevent you from fully enjoying the results of your
hard work. Stretch marks, sagging skin, an overhanging apron at your lower abdomen or other problem areas can leave you feeling less confident, and prevent you from wearing the tightly-fitting tops and bottoms that you want. Body contouring after massive weight loss can help.

Why choose Dr. Darren Smith?

If you have completed your weight loss and are ready for the next step, there is no better surgeon than Dr. Darren Smith, an acclaimed, NYC board-certified plastic surgeon with a private office in Manhattan, where you can expect discretion, kindness, and treatment with the most advanced surgical techniques. In addition to completing an aesthetic surgery fellowship, Dr. Smith did his plastic surgery residency at the home of the nation’s first body contouring fellowship: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This afforded him extensive opportunities to work with many massive weight loss patients and expert faculty, equipping him with formidable experience in the most advanced body contouring techniques.

How long will it take to recover?

Depending upon the areas that were treated, the recovery will in general require 1-2 weeks off of work. Most people who have excess skin and tissue removed after weight loss will need in the range of four to six weeks prior to returning to strenuous activity, including exercise. Your surgery is unique to you, and your healing rate may vary, but generally you should plan on at least one week off work, and then limited exercise for a month to six weeks.

The results are well worth the wait! Imagine finally being free of excess hanging skin, and feeling comfortable in tight clothing, showing off your new shape. Body contouring after massive weight loss really is life-changing. Call today for a private consultation.


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  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD
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