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How Much Weight Should You Lose for a Body Lift?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


It takes a lot of energy and discipline to lose weight. Morales Plastic Surgery understands your frustration when major weight loss leaves behind hanging skin. A body lift in Houston, TX can remove unwanted loose skin and return your body confidence.

So, how much weight should you lose before going under the knife? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can review your questions when you come in for a consultation. While we can’t give you a specific number, we do recommend getting as close to your goal weight as possible. This allows for lasting results that can be maintained long-term. Learn about our advanced body contouring process below.

The problem with excess skin

A well-toned body is often the sign of regular exercise and a healthy diet. However, fitness programs by themselves cannot address loose skin. This means many people are disappointed with their appearance after major weight loss. Sagging skin can prevent you from showing off your body or wearing your favorite clothes. You may even experience sores and rashes from skin folds rubbing together. Body contouring removes skin that may have sagged or drooped as a result of weight loss.

Losing weight before your procedure

As we mentioned, patients don’t need to reach a specific number before scheduling body lift surgery. Our recommendation is to be near your weight loss goals and stay dedicated to these goals long-term. It won’t do any good to lose weight without the commitment of maintaining it. Before your body lift in Houston, TX, Dr. Morales will take your health history to make sure surgery is safe and effective for you. We can also make recommendations on how to prepare for treatment based on your individual needs.

How our body lift is performed

Body contouring is personalized based on the details we cover during your consultation. All procedures are performed while patients are under general anesthesia. Incisions are usually made around the lower trunk to remove folds from the abdomen, flanks, and hips. Your body lift may be combined with other treatments, such as an arm lift or breast lift. Of course, patients are limited to how many surgeries they can get at the same time. A member of our team will monitor your progress and offer guidelines on making the most of body lift recovery.

Successful body lift recovery

Body lift surgery requires time off from work and daily activities, depending on the procedures we include. It is important to rest and take it slow during the first several weeks. While some scarring is expected, incisions are always placed in natural folds that can be hidden by clothing. Our body lift recovery tips include information about incision care, so any future scars blend into your skin. You can enjoy your more contoured appearance once side effects, like inflammation, subside.

Slim down your contours

Many people are disappointed that weight loss resulted in loose or hanging skin. If you don’t feel confident enough to show off your body, meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales. We can perform excess skin removal, so you achieve your desired body contours.

Contact Morales Plastic Surgery to schedule a body lift in Houston, TX. We can prepare you for the procedure and make sure it is as successful as possible.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.