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Is Body Lift Surgery After Extreme Weight Loss Safe?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


There’s much to be celebrated when you achieve your extreme weight loss goal, but you may be left feeling defeated or discouraged due to a common post-weight loss problem: loose skin. In fact, loose, hanging skin makes many men and women feel like they have failed in their extreme transformation efforts. At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is committed to helping extreme weight loss patients finally cross the finish line and be able to enjoy the results of their hard work with body lift surgery. Here, we’ll discuss how body lift and skin removal after weight loss works and when it may be considered a safe and appropriate next step in your transformation journey.

How do I get rid of loose skin after weight loss?

Losing a few pounds, particularly when you’re young, doesn’t typically leave a person with loose skin, as their good skin elasticity allows the skin to “snap” back around a smaller contour. When the skin has been stretched out from many years of being overweight and/or when a person loses a great deal of weight – 100 lbs. or more – they are often left with loose, hanging skin folds. Many people describe their body after extreme weight loss as looking and feeling like a deflated balloon. While nonsurgical skin tightening methods may be effective for mildly loose or wrinkled skin, patients with this level of skin laxity will require surgical intervention in order to remove loose skin and restore a smoother, firmer, more natural-looking physique. For many men and women, body lift surgery after weight loss is an appropriate solution.

How does a body lift after weight loss work?

Skin removal surgery after weight loss is fully customized to help meet the patient’s unique needs and goals. In many cases, a body lift – which addresses the abdomen, hips, flanks, and breasts – adequately addresses the side effects of extreme weight loss. During a body lift, Dr. Morales creates an incision on the lower abdomen, allowing him to remove the greatest amount of skin. The remaining skin is pulled taut to create a smooth, slim new figure. If safe and appropriate, body lift surgery may be combined with other body contouring procedures for an even more complete transformation. These may include:

  • Arm lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Breast lift
  • Butt lift

Is it safe to have a body lift after losing weight?

Ideal candidates for body lift surgery after weight loss should have reached their goal weight and be in good overall health with no contraindications to general anesthesia, surgery, or an extended recovery period. Patients may need to wait at least 6 – 12 months after reaching their goal weight to undergo skin removal surgery in order to allow their body time to recover and adjust from a large amount of weight loss, particularly if weight loss surgery was performed. During your initial consultation for post-weight loss skin removal surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Morales will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your health and eligibility for surgery. For eligible candidates, body lift surgery is often the final, life-changing step in achieving an ultimate weight loss transformation.

Cross the ultimate finish line with body lift surgery after weight loss in Houston, TX

You haven’t come all this way only to skip the final step in your extreme body transformation. With a body lift or skin removal surgery, the slim and sexy figure you’ve worked so hard for can finally be yours. Close the chapter on your former frame by calling Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule your private consultation with top Houston board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales today.

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