Surgery After Major Weight Loss

After massive weight loss, many individuals are left with excess, sagging skin. Often times, the skin has lost elasticity and it cannot naturally shrink to the body’s new, smaller shape. Sagging skin can be an emotional burden and physically uncomfortable for some patients, especially for those left with a large amount of extra skin after weight loss. In cases like this, body lift surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is an excellent way to remove excess skin and fat deposits to further slim and redefine the body. “Body Lift Surgery is a term that encompasses a wide range of “lifts” that can be performed on various regions of the body to remove excess sagging skin,” says Dr. Usha Rajagopal, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center. “For example, a buttock lift, like the name suggests, “lifts” sagging buttocks. A thigh lift removes and tightens sagging skin on the thighs. An arm lift removes excess skin from the back of the upper arms. Multiple “lift” surgeries can normally be done in one trip to the operating room,” adds Dr. Rajagopal.

Other body lift surgeries include the popular tummy tuck, known medically as an abdominoplasty. According to Dr. Rajagopal, facelift surgery is another commonly requested surgery after massive weight loss. “A facelift is sometimes an appropriate course of action for patients who have lost a good amount of weight in their face and neck area.”

To learn more about body lift surgery after massive weight loss and/or about the specific surgeries mentioned above, please visit the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center’s website at The center, which is also the medical office of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Usha Rajagopal, can be reached by phone at 415-392-3333 and is located at 490 Post Street, Suite 430 in downtown San Francisco.