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When Should You Get Plastic Surgery After Major Weight Loss?

Post Weight Loss Surgery

February 05, 2024 | 4 minute read

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Many people experience excess sagging skin after major weight loss. Stubborn pockets of fat also remain in certain areas, no matter how often they exercise or follow a healthy diet. This blog discusses the benefits of post-bariatric plastic surgery, what procedures can be combined to eliminate excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat, and how to plan for these procedures.

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Major Weight Loss

Losing a significant amount of weight is an amazing accomplishment—it takes great discipline and determination to achieve those dramatic results! Making a decision that betters your emotional and physical well-being is always something to celebrate. Even so, many people with significant weight loss are frustrated by the excess skin that won’t bounce back. Despite many best fitness efforts, sagging skin is typically only remedied by plastic surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery?

Extreme weight loss often has many benefits for obese people, yet it more often than not comes at the price of excess skin. This excess skin sags and can even hide your newly fit body. Post-bariatric plastic surgery solves this problem, removing the extra skin and tissue, lifting and tightening any saggy skin, and sculpting new body contours to flatter your weight loss results.

Plastic Surgery Options After Weight Loss in the San Francisco Bay Area

The types of surgical procedures you get after weight loss are entirely up to you. During a consultation with Dr. Kimberly A. Henry, you can discuss your body goals, concerns, and procedures you’re interested in, and she can help you decide which surgeries best align with you and your objectives.


Despite losing significant weight, you may find that certain areas of your body store stubborn fat that won’t go away. Liposuction can treat this stubborn fat in areas such as the face, neck, upper body, midsection, and lower body. Dr. Henry has extensive experience with liposuction in San Francisco and the Bay Area. During your liposuction appointment, general anesthesia will be used so you feel no pain, and tiny incisions will be made around the target area, allowing a cannula to be inserted and suction out the excess unwanted fat.

Tummy Tuck

The abdomen tends to hold a lot of excess fat, and even when you lose weight, the appearance of excess skin on the stomach can make you look bigger than you are. A tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, can remove excess fat in the abdomen, eliminate sagging skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles—leaving you with a slimmer, toned waist.

Arm Lift

Sagging skin on the arms is common after losing weight. The excess skin will remain even if you work your arms out regularly. An arm lift, called brachioplasty, removes excess skin and stubborn fat in the upper arms.

Thigh and Buttock Lift

The thighs and buttocks can also sag after significant weight loss. Dr. Henry offers a thigh-buttock lift to tighten the skin and remove excess fat in the thigh and buttock region.

Total Body Lift

A total body lift may be the best option for some patients considering post-weight loss surgery. The body lift procedure includes arm and thigh-buttock lift surgeries, which remove excess skin and fat in all these areas during one comprehensive body contouring procedure.

How to Prepare for Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery

When preparing for your surgery, it’s essential to understand the recovery timeline and when you’ll be able to enjoy your results fully. Each surgery option has varying recovery periods, where you must rest and limit strenuous activities (including exercise). Make sure you can take off the appropriate amount of time from work and other daily responsibilities so you’ll be able to focus on healing your body.

Want to Learn More About Post-Weight Loss Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area?

To learn more about your post-weight loss surgery options in the San Francisco Bay Area, call 415-997-0918 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation!

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