Body Surgery after Massive Weight Loss

Body Surgery – Australians rank very highly in an unfortunate statistic with up to 30% of Australians said to be obese. However, losing the weight is often only half the battle. Many massive weight loss patients are then left with large amounts of excess skin and fatty deposits that won’t budge no matter how much exercise or dieting they do, and it can leave them feeling depressed, unattractive and as though all that hard work isn’t yet worth it. For many, the only option to get rid of this excess skin is surgery.

There are many procedures to help get rid of excess skin after massive weight loss and we take a look at them below.


Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck

This is one of the more popular and necessary surgeries after massive weight loss. Excess skin around the abdomen or belly area is usually the most troublesome but can be removed via an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. An abdominoplasty can also repair any separated muscles – often a result of pregnancy and the cause of issues such as incontinence.

A tummy tuck involves an incision being made on the lower part of the belly and is usually hid behind the bikini line. It can also often be made on the same line as a cesarean scar where it exists. Excess skin and fat will be removed and then the patient is stitched back up. The belly button is also sometimes moved or recreated where necessary.


Body Lift or Lower Body Lift

If there is excess skin around the patient’s side and back as well as the abdomen, a body lift will be required. This is where a larger incision is made, and in the case of a full body lift or circumferential body lift an incision is made all around the patient’s lower part of the body and the entire area is effectively lifted up. This can, to some extent, also help to lift sagging skin around the buttocks or thigh area, although depending on the patient, a separate butt lift or thigh lift may also be required.


Thigh Lift

Sagging skin loves gravity and so often the thighs are left with excess skin as well. A thigh lift involves skin being removed either from the outer thighs or the inner thighs, or both, depending on the patient. Excess skin is removed and then remaining skin tightened and stitched. This procedure is extremely effective in getting rid of those skin rolls and excess fat deposits so often found in that area after massive weight loss.

Other procedures often performed after massive weight loss include:

Brachioplasty (arm lift)

Butt Lift

Breast Lift (with or without augmentation)

Neck lift (losing weight often leaves excess or drooping skin around this area too!)


If you have excess skin after massive weight loss, arrange a consultation with Dr Bill Lyon to discuss your options.

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