Is there such a thing as an all-over body lift?

As a young teen my weight topped the scales at 400lbs, from there I lost weight only to gain again (yo yo dieting) most of my adult life. I have successful reached 175 (I'm 5'10) and I feel like I have hit a wall, I swear the sagging skin weights 30lbs. I would like to remove all skin in one session, is this possible? Photos coming soon. I'm ready to move on with my life! I just need to know if there are plastic surgeons who specialize in this or am I looking at going under the knife many times

Doctor Answers 7

Post bariatric body contouring

Hello and thank you for your question.  I do specialize in post massive weight loss body contouring.  I will often do all the procedures in one surgical setting, depending on a multitude of factors.  Will need to see photos, find out about your general health before making recommendations.
Peter Fisher M.D. 

San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Combining separate procedures can give you an “all over” body lift.

I totally understand your feelings of wanting to move on, especially after working so hard to lose all that extra weight. There are a few different surgeries that I think can help remove the excess skin you find so frustrating and combining them is certainly an option, although maybe not all at once. For example, it’s common to perform a thigh lift at the same time as a tummy tuck for a complete lower body lift, but perhaps schedule an arm lift later on. I recommend looking for a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in post-weight loss body contouring and will work with you to determine the best way to proceed for your unique needs.

David L. Kaufman, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Body contouring after massive weight loss.

Thanks for your inquiry.  Congratulations on your major weight loss.  As tempting as it may seem to remove all of the excess skin from your trunk and extremities at once, in practice the procedures are usually staged for your safety.

William Andrade, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Body lift

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

Is there such a thing as an all-over body lift?

  I perform hundreds of body contouring surgeries each year, and every patient needs and wants something different.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Over all body lift

Although some plastic surgeons will often do many or all of the procedures in one sitting, I don't usually do that.  Having operated on massive weight loss patients for almost 20 years I have found that combining many of the procedures can be attractive to patients, but not necessarily the best choice.  Often there are little revisions to do, and these are easily combined with the 2nd stage of procedures without incurring an extra operating room or anesthesia charge for the revisions.  Hope that helps.

Joshua Korman, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Total body lift after massive weight loss.

This is an excellent question.  Congratulations on your weight loss.

Treating the arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks, flanks, back, and thighs are all sometimes needed after massive weight loss.

Some combination of procedures can be combined as a single operation, but not all of them.

These are complex procedures. Find an experienced surgeon. Determine the best and safest surgical plan. Expect to undergo multiple stages to get the best and safest results.

Best wishes.

Timothy Connall, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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