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Body Contouring after Weight Loss

Following considerable weight loss, excess skin can hide your dramatically slimmer body contours. This can be frustrating and discouraging after working so hard to lose the weight. If you have undergone massive weight loss with or without bariatric surgery, Partners in Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, MI, offers numerous body contouring treatments that can help. Let us help you explore the procedures we offer to let you reveal the attractive body you've worked so hard to achieve.

Dr. Dennis Hammond, Dr. Andrea Van Pelt, and Dr. Melissa Kath understand that every case is different and strive to give each patient a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. We have extensive experience with these procedures, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility. To learn more about body contouring after weight loss, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.

Your Options After Major Weight Loss

Whether you've lost weight through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, you may be left with hanging skin that can make you feel self-conscious and prevent you from fully enjoying your new, improved body. During your consultation, Dr. Kath, Dr. Van Pelt, or Dr. Hammond closely examines your body and your specific areas of concern to help you select the procedure or combination of procedures that works best for you. Our surgeons understand that major weight loss is often the result of years of hard work and discipline, and they look forward to helping you reach your ultimate goal.

The following procedures are popular with our Grand Rapids weight-loss patients:

Arm Lift

Also called a brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. This procedure can reduce loose or sagging skin that doesn't respond to diet or exercise, creating a smoother, slimmer arm contour that you can't wait to show off in sleeveless tops.

Arm Lift Before

Arm Lift After

See more cases like this one in our before-and-after gallery of real body contouring patients.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Back Lift

The "bra roll" area is a source of deep frustration for many women, and men are also bothered by residual skin on the back. The back lift tightens this skin and smoothes this area of the upper back for an attractive silhouette in or out of clothing. This procedure uses an incision that can be hidden beneath a bra.


By removing the apron of overhanging skin and fat that often protrudes from the lower abdomen after weight loss, this procedure can improve your mobility, personal confidence, and overall wellbeing. This surgery typically requires a horizontal incision from hip to hip that eventually fades to a discreet scar that can be hidden beneath your clothing.

Body Lift

Also called a lower body lift, this procedure goes a step beyond a traditional tummy tuck by removing excess skin and fat in the abdomen, sides, and lower back. This effectively smoothes the hips and buttocks in addition to the abdomen for a refined, cohesive contour that shows off your new curves.

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery lifts, reshapes, and improves the inner or outer thighs by reducing excess skin and fat that can make it difficult to wear your favorite clothes or feel confident about your body. Thigh lift incisions can vary based on your body's needs.

Other Body Contouring Options

Although these procedures are common for many plastic surgery patients, they're also popular among weight-loss patients. Learn more about these specialized surgeries and find out how they can help you reveal your best body.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

By removing excess tissue and lifting the breasts to a more youthful-looking placement, a breast lift can offer volume and perkiness with or without implants.

Breast Reduction

Other women, particularly those prone to accumulation of fat in the breasts, may be better candidates for a breast reduction, which removes tissue and shapes the breasts to align more with your body's new, slimmer contours.

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

The growth of excessive mammary tissue in men, called gynecomastia, is a fairly common concern that's often aggravated by being overweight. Male breast reduction can remove breast tissue and excess skin in a straightforward outpatient procedure.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The classic tummy tuck reduces excess skin and fat and can even repair weakened muscles, making it especially popular with women who have had children, as well as both men and women who have lost weight.

Recuperating After Body Contouring

How long your recuperation period lasts depends on the procedures you've undergone. In general, people who have undergone more minor procedures, such as a breast lift, can expect to take about 1 week off from work and other daily obligations. Those who have had a combination of multiple procedures may need 2 weeks or more to fully heal before returning to their usual activities. During your preoperative appointments, your surgeon will help you understand exactly what you can expect so you can plan accordingly.

Depending on the procedure you've undergone, you may have surgical drains in place for several days after surgery. These drains are an important way to reduce fluid accumulation and keep you comfortable and healthy while you heal. Your surgeon will give you instructions for monitoring and maintaining your drains, which are usually removed after about a week.

Over the next few months, as swelling subsides and you begin to ease into your favorite activities, your scars will flatten and fade and your new contours will take shape. By maintaining a stable weight, you can enjoy your results indefinitely. For many people, body contouring is the exciting, well-deserved final step on their weight-loss journeys.

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