What are my body contouring options after weight loss surgery?

After achieving a major weight loss goal, many patients feel so good but struggle with so much loose skin that hangs around after the weight is gone. The extra skin is often cosmetically unsightly or can cause rashes or breakdown in the skin. Body contouring is the next step that completes the weight loss journey for many people. What areas of the body can benefit from post-bariatric surgery? Here are the most common:


A tummy tuck will remove excess skin hanging over the abdomen and narrow the waist for a more natural contour. Unwanted skin, fat and tissues are removed and your abdominal muscles are tightened during surgery.


Excess skin between the thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing, skin breakdown and can be generally unsightly. A thigh lift reduces excess skin and fat in the thighs and under the buttocks, reshaping the contour and smoothing out the skin. If skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift with liposuction may be recommended treatment.


The upper arms are a problem area after major weight loss as the excess skin and loose tissue tend to “wave” on the underside of the upper arm. An upper arm list will shape the arm and eliminate hanging skin in this area. Get ready to go sleeveless again!

Lower body

A lower body lift can improve the shape and contour of the lower body. The procedure can correct sagging of the abdomen and lower back area, buttocks and the inner and outer thighs. Frequently, liposuction may be added to remove excess stubborn fat.


The breasts are one area that tends to look “deflated” after significant weight loss. A breast lift or breast lift with augmentation can help you achieve a more youthful contour. You can choose saline or silicone gel implants, or you can opt for a breast enlargement with fat transfer from other areas of the body.

People who live in Washington, D.C., or surrounding areas, who want to learn more about body contouring options after weight loss surgery are encouraged to call our office at 202-785-4187 to schedule a consultation.


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