What kind of surgery is needed for excess skin from weight loss?

Friend loss 200+ pounds and has serious excess skin. What procedures are recommended?

Answers from doctors (5)


Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Published on Jun 08, 2016

Body contouring or body lift

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Body contouring or body lift

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kristi Sumpter, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

Published on Mar 22, 2016

That amount of weight loss can affect many areas of the body. Some patients I have seen with dramatic weight loss have had surgeries that include the following procedures: tummy tuck, breast lift (with or without implants), arm lift, thigh lift, facelift, and eyelid surgery.

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Answered by Kristi Sumpter, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

That amount of weight loss can affect many areas of the body. Some patients I have seen with dramatic weight loss have had surgeries that include the following procedures: tummy tuck, breast lift (with or without implants), arm lift, thigh lift, facelift, and eyelid surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


David C. Yao MD, FACS

Published on Mar 18, 2016

Thank you for asking. There are numerous possible procedures: abdominoplasty, body lifting, arm/thigh lifting, and face lifting. Each patient has different priorities and should be examined by a board-certified plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon with cosmetic bariatric experience or cosmetic fellowship training can be helpful. Best wishes!

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Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Thank you for asking. There are numerous possible procedures: abdominoplasty, body lifting, arm/thigh lifting, and face lifting. Each patient has different priorities and should be examined by a board-certified plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon with cosmetic bariatric experience or cosmetic fellowship training can be helpful. Best wishes!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Mar 18, 2016

I am president of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, and I specialize in patients who have lost massive amounts of weight. Unfortunately, as she knows, skin can be removed from everywhere. I would suggest that she set up a consultation with a board-certified surgeon.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

I am president of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, and I specialize in patients who have lost massive amounts of weight. Unfortunately, as she knows, skin can be removed from everywhere. I would suggest that she set up a consultation with a board-certified surgeon.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Jed Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Published on Mar 18, 2016

This depends on the area of laxity. Most commonly tummy tucks are performed. Many patients need facelifts, armlifts, thigh surgery, and/or breast lift with or without augmentation.

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Answered by Jed Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

This depends on the area of laxity. Most commonly tummy tucks are performed. Many patients need facelifts, armlifts, thigh surgery, and/or breast lift with or without augmentation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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