What are the Benefits of Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss?

Body contouring has multiple physical and emotional benefits. Plastic surgery after weight loss in Houston can improve your comfort and confidence by correcting the following:

  • Flabby upper arms, including the armpits
  • Sagging breasts, groin, and facial areas
  • Excess skin and sagging muscles in the outer thighs
  • Unevenly shaped or sagging buttocks
  • Chafing and skin irritations in the inner thighs
  • Hanging skin in the abdominal area

It is important to note that body lifting and contouring are not weight loss alternatives. The procedures are best for people with stable and healthy BMI following significant weight loss or bariatric surgery, generally 40 or less.

Women who intend to become pregnant are advised to wait until they have completed their families before pursuing plastic surgery after weight loss.

Plastic Surgery Procedures Following Weight Loss

The types of plastic surgery procedures needed after losing a significant amount of weight can include the following:

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

A tummy tuck restores a taut, youthful abdomen by surgically removing unwanted skin and fatty tissue. Additionally, with sutures, weakened or stretched muscles are surgically tightened, and Dr. Vitenas can reshape the groin area. In a post-weight loss body lift, it’s common for patients to have an abdominoplasty which lifts and tightens the stomach, lower back, and buttocks.

Tummy Tuck

Breast Surgery

Many women are left with sagging, elongated breasts after significant weight loss. Breast augmentation adds volume, symmetry, and round curves to the breasts with implants or fat grafting, while a breast lift can raise drooping breasts and improve sagging. A breast lift can be paired with a breast augmentation for patients wanting additional volume and upper pole fullness.

Breast Surgery

Facial Rejuvenation

Massive weight loss can cause facial sagging, especially in the cheeks and neck. A facelift removes excess skin while restoring natural contours for a healthier, more vibrant appearance.

Facial Rejuvenation

Arm Lift

Excess skin and residual fat that hangs from your upper arms are common after significant weight loss. Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, reshapes the upper arm's soft, flabby inner portion. Brachioplasty can enhance and reshape the arms for a more toned and sculpted appearance by addressing the surplus skin that has lost its elasticity.

Arm Lift

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift, after weight loss, meticulously reduces excess skin and fatty tissue along the inner and outer thigh. While liposuction eliminates excess fatty tissue, the thigh lift procedure also reduces lax skin and supports the upper leg's internal structures.

Thigh Lift

Body Lift

One of the most common body enhancement procedures after weight loss surgery, a body lift is long-lasting if you maintain a stable weight.

One cut along the abdomen removes excess, sagging skin while lifting and tightening the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and arms. A body lift may be paired with liposuction to remove residual fat to improve your body's contour.

Body Lift

Buttock Lift

After significant weight loss, a butt lift can tone and tighten the buttocks by removing excess skin. Dr. Vitenas can also enhance the shape and augment the buttocks with fat transfer. A lower body lift generally includes a butt lift and a thigh lift.

Brazilian Butt Lift


Liposuction enhances results by targeting subcutaneous fat deposits that may linger even after successful weight loss. The semi-invasive body sculpting procedure improves the shape and contour of the figure. It is a great way to enjoy your ideal physique, eliminating stubborn fatty tissue resistant to exercise and diet. 


What Should I Expect from Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss?

To prepare for plastic surgery after weight loss in Houston, patients must be close to their goal weight for three to six months before surgery. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight is essential for the success of these procedures.

Recovery largely depends on which body contouring procedures are performed. Generally, patients should set aside four to six weeks of recuperation time for a safe and effective recovery. This includes:

  • Restricting strenuous activity
  • Avoiding heavy lifting, including small children
  • Lightly exercising, such as walking, and maintaining good circulation to promote healing and reduce the risk of blood clots

While it may take several months for swelling to subside and for your final results to emerge, you will begin to notice visible changes almost immediately. Additionally, scars continue fading for up to one year.

With proper diet and exercise, results from body contouring and plastic surgery after weight loss can be life-changing and long-lasting. These procedures put the finishing touches on your hard work and give you the body of your dreams.

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Why Choose Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery for Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss?

As one of the most sought-after board-certified plastic surgeons in Texas and across the country, Dr. Paul Vitenas brings more than three decades of experience to each procedure and remains committed to impressive yet natural-looking results. His eye for balanced, beautiful aesthetic outcomes produces the results that his patients deserve.

Dr. Vitenas has completed multiple fellowships in Maxillofacial, Craniofacial, and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Miami and Paris, France, with world-famous plastic surgeons. His combination of technical expertise and an incredibly well-developed artistic sensibility enables him to create truly life-changing results. His unique training and experience are why you should choose Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery for plastic surgery after weight loss in Houston.

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