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Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss

Posted May 28, 2024 in Body Contouring

Woman shows off significant weight loss

While significant weight loss may leave you looking slimmer and feeling better, you may also find yourself frustrated to be contending with a large amount of excess, sagging skin. This blog discusses some of the lesser-known body contouring surgeries available to put the finishing touches on your weight loss journey.

With the rise in the availability of prescription weight loss drugs that allow people to achieve a meaningful amount of weight loss, more patients are finding themselves looking slimmer and feeling better. However, rapid or significant weight loss may also leave those who are not blessed with elastic and resilient skin with a large amount of sagging, excess skin. In this blog, we address some of the lesser-known body contouring procedures you may choose after major weight loss so that you can fully enjoy the results of your hard weight loss work.

What Is Body Contouring Surgery?

Body contouring surgery is any procedure that helps create or restore your shape to fit your aesthetic ideal. Common body contouring surgeries include liposuction, tummy tuck, a Mommy Makeover, or breast procedures. Yet, did you know you can remove excess skin and flab from other areas of your body as well?

Arm Lift

You’ve probably heard of the loose skin and flab that hangs from under your arm called “bat wings” or “bingo wings.” It can make you feel self-conscious about wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless tops because of the “wings” of droopy excess tissue that flap whenever you wave at someone or raise your arms to cheer. Arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, is designed to eliminate that skin, removing it and reshaping your arms so that you can proudly show off your sculpted biceps and triceps in any kind of top you choose. 

Thigh Lift

Weight loss and the aging process can also affect your legs. The decrease in elasticity and muscle tone over time, combined with weight loss, can leave you with abundant excess skin hanging from your inner thighs. A thigh lift removes the redundant skin and fat that is keeping your legs from looking smooth and slim. It is often combined with liposuction to give your legs a more toned appearance, so you are able to wear the shorts, skirts, or bikini bottoms you’ve been working towards. 

Lower Body Lift

When you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, dealing with the often large amounts of extra skin left behind all over your body can be frustrating. In fact, besides keeping you from looking your best, that redundant skin can make it challenging to find clothes that fit properly. The excess skin may even cause health issues like painful chafing. Part of the reason you lost weight was to make it easier to be active, and excess skin often prevents that. A lower body lift addresses that extra tissue on your stomach, buttocks, hips, and thighs, removing unnecessary skin and flab to create a more slender body contour. A lower body lift is the perfect way to celebrate your weight loss victories and ensure that your hard work is visible in the mirror every day, restoring your confidence and allowing you to move freely without the hindrance of extra skin. 


Did you know that weight fluctuations and age both have an impact on your labia? Just like the rest of the skin on your body, the labia lose elasticity over time. Pregnancy and hormone changes also affect the shape of the labia, and you may end up with excess or hanging skin that makes you feel self-conscious during your most intimate moments. Labiaplasty surgery eliminates excess skin, reducing its length, restoring symmetry, and improving your overall comfort and confidence. 

Learn More About Body Contouring After Weight Loss in Fresno

No matter how you’ve achieved major weight loss, it’s something to be celebrated. Don’t let excess skin take away from the figure you’ve worked so hard for—discover the benefits of post-weight loss body contouring at the Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery. To schedule an appointment to learn more about how Dr. Chin can help, call our office today at (559) 435-9646 or complete the online contact form