Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

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Post-weight-loss surgery is a transformative journey that allows individuals to fully embrace their new bodies and regain confidence in their appearance. At Plastic Surgeons of Lexington, we understand the unique challenges and concerns faced by patients who have undergone significant weight loss. That’s why our team of highly skilled plastic surgeons is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized body contouring solutions to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Excess skin is a common problem for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery such as a gastric bypass, or after they have been on a medical weight loss program using semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) or tirzepatide (Mounjaro, Zepbound). That’s why we offer a range of effective ways to remove this tissue, including upper and lower body lifts, extended tummy tucks, arm lifts, thigh lifts, and combined face and neck lifts. At PSL, our experienced plastic surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. 

To learn more about surgery after massive weight loss or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact Plastic Surgeons of Lexington at (859) 276-3883. Our dedicated team is here to guide you on your path to a more confident and empowered version of yourself.

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About Massive Weight Loss

Up to 96% of patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience redundant skin. (1) Weight loss surgery and permanent, dramatic changes in lifestyle can have a profound effect on weight and overall health. But after achieving massive weight loss, many individuals are left with physically uncomfortable and aesthetically displeasing results. This excess skin can cause embarrassment,  hinder mobility, and cause hygiene issues. Experts agree that patients who have lost 100+ pounds have only one real avenue to remove loose-hanging excess skin and tissue; post-weight loss surgery. (2)

At Plastic Surgeons of Lexington, our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing customized surgical solutions for patients who have achieved massive weight loss. We prioritize patient safety, satisfaction, and natural-looking results, and we are committed to helping individuals regain confidence in their transformed bodies.

Post-Weight Loss Surgeries

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift is a surgical procedure designed to address the excess skin and tissue in the lower body that often remains after significant weight loss. Also known as a belt lipectomy or circumferential body lift, it targets multiple areas of the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs, in order to achieve comprehensive body contouring and to counter skin redundancy. (3)

During the procedure, an incision is made around the circumference of the waistline, allowing the surgeon to access the underlying structures. The exact placement and length of the incision will depend on each patient’s unique needs and goals. Through this incision, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat, reposition and tighten the remaining tissues, and sculpt the desired contours of the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs. 

Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck offers transformative results for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with loose, sagging skin in the abdomen, sides, and lower back. Unlike the traditional tummy tuck procedure, which focuses solely on the front of the abdomen, the extended tummy tuck takes a more comprehensive approach

By making a longer incision along the bikini line, we can access a greater area of tissue and remove excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned appearance. This technique allows us to address not only the abdominal area, but also the sides and lower back, providing a more harmonious contour.

Upper Body Lift

An upper body lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure designed to address the effects of massive weight loss on the upper body. The upper body lift encompasses various procedures, each targeting specific areas to achieve optimal results. These may include an arm lift to address sagging skin and eliminate excess fat in the upper arms, a breast lift to elevate and reshape the breasts, and a back lift to remove loose bra roll skin and contour the upper back.

Arm Lift

Excess skin in the upper arms is extremely common after massive weight loss. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that addresses the excess skin and tissue on the upper arms. During the procedure, incisions are strategically made along the inner aspect of the arms, allowing for discreet scarring. Through these incisions, excess skin and fat are carefully removed, and underlying tissues are tightened and repositioned. This surgical technique ensures that the final result is both aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the thighs by addressing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother, more contoured legs. There are several types of thigh lift surgeries available, each targeting specific areas of the thighs. These include inner thigh lift, outer thigh lift, medial thigh lift, and lateral thigh lift. During an initial consultation with our experienced plastic surgeons, they will assess your unique needs and recommend the most suitable type of thigh lift to address your concerns effectively.

Face & Neck Lift

The combination face and neck lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure designed to address multiple concerns related to facial aging and improve the overall appearance of the face and neck. It is also particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced massive weight loss. The surgery typically involves multiple skin and tissue alteration techniques. By carefully removing excess skin and repositioning it, we can restore a more youthful and taut appearance to the face and neck.

If you are considering surgery after massive weight loss, it is crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn more about the benefits of post-massive weight-loss surgery and to schedule a consultation at our Lexington office, call (859) 276-3883. Your journey toward a more aesthetic body contour starts here.

Benefits of Post-Weight Loss Surgeries

  • Improved Body Contour: Surgery after massive weight loss removes excess skin and fat, resulting in a more toned and defined body shape. This allows patients to showcase their hard-earned weight loss achievements with pride.
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: Addressing the loose and sagging skin that often accompanies weight loss significantly boosts self-esteem and improves overall body image. Patients can finally feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.
  • Increased Mobility: Excess skin can restrict movement and make physical activities challenging. By undergoing surgery after massive weight loss, individuals experience increased mobility, allowing them to fully participate in activities such as exercise and sports.
  • Expanded Clothing Options: After significant weight loss, finding properly fitting clothes can be difficult due to excess skin. Surgery after massive weight loss provides the opportunity to enjoy a wider range of clothing options and feel more at ease in any outfit.
  • Improved Hygiene: Loose skin folds can trap moisture, leading to skin irritation and infection. Surgery after massive weight loss eliminates these issues, improving overall hygiene and reducing the risk of related complications.
  • Relief from Discomfort: Excess skin can cause discomfort, including chafing, rashes, and even pain. Surgery after massive weight loss alleviates these symptoms, allowing individuals to experience relief and enhanced comfort in their daily lives.
  • Better Posture: The weight of excess skin can weigh down on the body, affecting posture and potentially causing back or neck pain. Surgery after massive weight loss helps improve posture by removing this additional weight, leading to better spinal alignment and reduced discomfort.
  • Long-Term Weight Maintenance: Surgery after massive weight loss can serve as an additional motivator to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The remarkable results achieved through surgery can reinforce the importance of sustaining weight loss efforts, leading to long-term weight maintenance.
  • Psychological Well-Being: Surgery after massive weight loss has a profound impact on mental health. By helping individuals feel more confident and satisfied with their appearance, it improves psychological well-being and contributes to overall happiness and mental balance.
  • Health Benefits: Beyond aesthetic improvements, surgery after massive weight loss provides various health benefits. Removing excess skin reduces the risk of skin infections and improves overall skin health. Additionally, eliminating excess weight can decrease the strain on joints and may alleviate certain obesity-related health conditions.

Personal Consultation

During your personal consultation at PSL, we will take the time to fully understand your specific circumstances and goals. We believe in providing comprehensive and individualized care, tailoring our approach to meet your needs and desires. Our primary focus is on addressing the physical changes resulting from your weight loss, while also considering the emotional and psychological impact of these transformations.

Our consultations begin with a thorough discussion about your weight loss journey, including any medical procedures or treatments you have undergone. Understanding your unique experience allows us to provide valuable insight and guidance regarding the most appropriate surgical options and aftercare practices for you. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and ensuring they feel confident in their decision-making process.

How Much is Surgery After Massive Weight Loss in Lexington?

The cost associated with a personal consultation for surgery after massive weight loss will vary depending on several factors. We believe in transparency and want to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the financial commitment involved in your journey toward achieving your desired results. For financing information, please see our website. Our team will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved after your personal consultation. 

To schedule your appointment, please contact us at (859) 276-3883 or use our simple online inquiry system. We look forward to guiding you through this transformative journey toward a happier, healthier you.

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  3. Swanson E. Near-circumferential Lower Body Lift. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2019;7(12):e2548. doi: