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What procedure is best for me? I lost over 100 pounds and now have a lot of loose skin. (Photo)

I lost over 100 pounds by working out and eating right but now my skin is loose what is best for me..

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Usually a combination of body contouring procedures is best after weight loss.

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It’s hard to say which body contouring surgeries are best for you without knowing exactly where your problem spots are. Typically, post-weight loss body contouring includes a tummy tuck, thigh/body lift and sometimes an arm lift as well. In some cases, liposuction may be included for fine-tuning, and many women will opt for a breast lift and implants, while others may choose a breast lift and reduction. My suggestion is to schedule a consultation with a body contouring specialist to discuss your concerns and see which options he or she recommends after meeting you in person.


Folsom Plastic Surgeon
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Options

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Thank you for your question. First, congratulations on an awesome job of losing weight. I would recommend that you make an appointment with a board certified PS for an in person evaluation. He/she will be better able to discuss options at that time, as well as answer any questions you may have about the procedures, post op instructions, and costs. You should also ask to see before and after pictures of patients with similar issues. Good luck

Thomas A. Cochran, Jr, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss contouring

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Congratulation on your weight loss.  Its impossible to give you recommendations without a formal physical exam.  A common first line of attack for patients who have lost weight is a body lift procedure. Most plastic surgeons refer to a body lift as a circumferential body lift = belt lipectomy = lower body lift. This procedure is essentially 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck + waist/lateral thigh lift + buttock lift (with the option of buttock augmentation). A physical exam would be needed to make any recommendations. Please visit with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to learn more about your options.
Best wishes,
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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