Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

Often after a person experiences weight loss, the result may be loose or excess skin in certain areas of the body, including the face and jawline, arms, abdomen, legs and back. Some people find the presence of loose skin can become irritated and uncomfortable during normal living. A plastic surgery specialist can offer several techniques to address the problems associated with weight loss.


Weight loss can result in skin laxity in the face, neck and jawline. After consultation, your plastic surgeon may recommend a facelift to address these issues.


The degree of skin laxity will help determine the best treatment options. The total amount of weight lost—and your personal goals—will also guide your specialist in designing a plan to meet your needs.

Arms and Legs

Weight loss can also result in lax skin in arms and thighs. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, may be an option, depending on the degree of laxity. In this procedure, the resulting scar can be placed near the armpit and, in some cases, may extend to the elbow.

In a thigh lift, scars can be hidden near the groin or may extend to the knee, depending, again, on the degree of skin laxity. 

You and your specialist can discuss the various options and determine the best placement for scars.

Why Choose Us?

We offer board-certified specialists with extensive experience in treating people after weight loss. In consultation with you, your surgeon will design a plan that suits your anatomy and degree of weight loss and skin laxity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does insurance cover these procedures?

The answer to that question depends upon your insurance provider; some may cover a portion of your treatment plan. However, the majority of surgeries of this type are considered to be aesthetic in nature and are not covered by insurance.

What parts of the leg are affected by a thigh lift?

A thigh lift can help tighten skin laxity at the medial inner thigh, though it will not tighten everything in that area—and it will not affect the lateral outer thigh.

What is recovery like after an arm or thigh lift?

You’ll experience a reduction in swelling in your hands and feet after the first week or two. We will ask you to wear compression garments at all times, except when showering, to achieve the best results.

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