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Thinking about surgery after a dramatic weight loss?

Loose skin can be a major problem for people who have lost a significant amount of weight. Not only can it affect self-esteem, but it can also lead to health problems such as infections and rashes. A body lift can help remove excess skin and improve the contour of the body. A body lift can include reducing the skin in the abdomen, thighs, groin, and buttocks. In some cases, it can also include the back and arms.

Why choose the surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery?

At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we believe that each patient deserves to feel comfortable and confident in their skin. Through education and devoted time, our doctors lead patients through the plastic surgery decision, process, care, and changes. We walk beside you to help restore your body to a desired shape and feel and to change your feelings of hesitation and frustration to those of confidence. We will celebrate your achievements with you.

What sets Hill Country Plastic Surgery apart?

We believe the relationship between patient and surgeon is at the core of every successful procedure. That's why we take the time to get to know each one of our patients on a personal level. Two very experienced and talented board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Scott J. Farber and Dr. Amita Shah founded Hill Country Plastic Surgery. 

Each brings years of experience in performing some of the most complex procedures in plastic surgery. With their combined experience, they provide patients with the highest quality of care available. If you're looking for a team of skilled surgeons who will treat you with compassion and respect, look no further.

What kinds of surgery is available for loose skin after weight loss?

Arm lift and thigh lift

Excess skin under the arms and on the inside of the thighs are treated with an arm lift and thigh lift, respectively. See our procedure pages on arm lift and thigh lift for more information.

Back lift

Sagging skin below the area of the bra line can be lifted through a procedure called a back lift. In a back lift, the excess skin is removed horizontally across the back.

Breast lift

The breasts may have a deflated and droopy appearance after weight loss. A breast lift can reshape the breasts, so they have a more youthful and lifted appearance. For drooping breasts that have good volume, an auto-augmentation procedure can be done. For breasts that need added volume, an augmentation with an implant can be done. See our breast lift and breast augmentation pages for more information.

Tummy tuck

The abdomen can be contoured through an abdominoplasty or a panniculectomy. Both an abdominoplasty and panniculectomy remove excess skin of the lower abdomen but the abdominoplasty also includes tightening of the area between the muscles. This tightening, also called a plication, helps give a more tapered appearance to the abdomen like an “internal corset.” Some patients will have extra skin that has to be removed on the lower abdomen and vertically. For additional information see our tummy tuck page.

Body lift

Excess skin and drooping of the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen can be treated with a body lift. In this procedure, a “belt” of skin is removed around the lower abdomen and extending around the back. The buttocks, abdomen, waist and thighs are tightened and lifted.

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Am I a good candidate?

Patients who have reached their ideal body weight, have maintained that weight for at least 6 months, and are in good general health are good candidates for these procedures. Patients who have had bariatric surgery will need to have their nutritional labs checked prior to surgery.

How is a body lift performed?

Prior to surgery, the areas of skin to be removed are marked while you are standing up. The procedures are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical center or hospital. The excess skin is removed, and the tissues are then tightened and repositioned. The incisions are closed with sutures and dressings. Drains may be placed. You will wear need to wear compression garments after your surgery

Limitation, risks, and complications

  • Body lift procedures are not intended only for removal of excess fatty tissue. If there is good skin elasticity, liposuction can be done to remove the excess fat.
  • Thigh lifts are best for removing extra loose skin between the legs. It is not meant to reduce a large amount of excess fat. If you have a lot of excess fat, you may benefit from a weight loss program, weight loss surgery, or liposuction prior to undergoing a thigh lift. Risks include poor wound healing, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, wound separation, asymmetry, deep fatty tissue may die (fat necrosis), skin discoloration and/or swelling, spitting sutures, poor appearance of scars, numbness or changes to sensation on the skin, and need for additional operations.
  • If you have swelling in one leg, pain in the legs, shortness of breath, chest pain, or abnormal beating of the heart, you should immediately go to the emergency room.

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Surgery after massive weight loss FAQ

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

How long is recovery?

How long before I see my results?

How much is a body lift in San Antonio?

Will insurance cover a body lift?

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

On average, patients can return to full activities, including working out at the gym, 6 weeks after surgery.

How long is recovery?

You will be able to return to light duty at 2 weeks and to full activities at 6 weeks. We recommend that you always wear your compression garments for the first 6 weeks except when showering.

How long before I see my results?

Results are visible immediately after surgery, but the full results will not be seen for many months. For the first three days after surgery, you will be swollen. After that, the swelling starts to resolve. You won’t see a significant amount of the swelling go down until around 3 weeks. It may take years to see the full results of the surgery and up to two years to see the final outcome.

How much is a body lift in San Antonio?

The price of a body lift is dependent on how much skin and fat need to be removed. Sometimes, liposuction is recommended to remove excess fat from the treated areas.

Will insurance cover a body lift?

A body lift is not typically covered by insurance. Sometimes removal of only the abdominal skin may be covered by insurance but tightening of the abdominal muscles is not covered. We recommend you call your insurance carrier for more information.

Interested in a body lift at Hill Country Plastic Surgery in San Antonio?

Are you interested in learning more about this procedure? To schedule a consultation, please contact us. Hill Country Plastic Surgery is the premier plastic surgery center in the San Antonio and Austin area, and our friendly team members are here to help you and will reach out promptly.

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