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Is A Body Lift After Extreme Weight Loss Safe?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Losing weight is a huge accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. Even though you worked hard to lose unwanted fat, excess skin can prevent you from enjoying your new appearance. Hanging skin after massive weight loss can make you feel uncomfortable and cause problems, like skin rashes. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales offers body lift surgery for patients who want to improve their contours.

A body lift incorporates several procedures to define and recontour your body. While all surgeries come with some risk, Morales Plastic Surgery is dedicated to your health and safety. Our team in Houston, TX ensures each patient is fully prepared for the process before moving forward. To learn what is involved with body contouring after massive weight loss, contact a member of our team for an evaluation.

Should I get skin tightening surgery?

Our skin stretches to accommodate changes like dramatic weight gain. However, the skin may not return to its natural state once the weight is lost. People who undergo massive weight loss (100 pounds or more than 40% of their excess weight) may experience loose and stretched-out skin that interferes with normal activities. Loose skin can be found around the abdomen, thighs, and hips. A body lift can reshape these areas for a smoother and slimmer look.

What are the risks of surgery?

A body lift is a major procedure that requires extensive training and knowledge to complete. Dr. Morales is proud to have performed countless skin tightening surgeries on weight loss patients who love their results. Our team makes every effort to perform the treatment safely, including working with a board-certified anesthesiologist during surgery.

Preparation can help you avoid any risks that can occur during or after body contouring. This is why each patient must undergo a full medical evaluation beforehand. Some possible risks of surgery in Houston, TX, include:

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia

  • Infection or poor wound healing

  • Pain or numbness at the incision sites

  • Scarring at the incision sites

Recovering from body lift surgery

Recovery from skin tightening can be uncomfortable because of the substantial amount of skin removed. It is important to follow our detailed recovery instructions so you can avoid the above risks. We can show you ways to keep the incision sites clean and covered while you heal. Drains may also be placed at the incision sites to manage excess fluid. Weight loss patients can maximize their results by resting and avoiding strenuous workouts.

When you can expect contoured results

Most body lift patients can return to work within 2 – 4 weeks after surgery as long as their job does not require heavy lifting. It takes several months for swelling to subside, and scars are expected to fade away over time. The good news is that weight loss patients at Morales Plastic Surgery can notice their slimmer body contouring results almost right away. After body lift surgery, you won’t have to hide hanging skin or deal with unwanted skin rashes.

Learn more about excess skin removal

Massive weight loss is transformative for people who have struggled with problems like obesity. When performed correctly, body lift surgery can change your life and the way you feel about yourself. Dr. Rolando Morales is happy to explain the risks and benefits of this procedure when you schedule a body lift assessment in Houston, TX. Remove excess skin and regain a slimmer look with the team at Morales Plastic Surgery.

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