Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging fat and skin while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue.

Body contouring procedures may include a breast lift for sagging, flattened breasts; tummy tuck for apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen; lower body lift for sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs; medial thigh lift for sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh; and arm lift for sagging of the upper arms.

Length 4-6 hours or more.

Anesthesia General.

In/Outpatient Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.

Recovery Back to work: 3 to 6 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.

Duration of Results Permanent.

Side Effects Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.

Risks Infection. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Asymmetry. Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Need for second procedure to remove additional tissue.