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How to Get Rid of Excess Skin After Massive Weight Loss

After a massive weight loss, you should be celebrating your accomplishments and reveling in your improved health and new appearance. Instead, many people are still carrying the physical and emotional baggage of being overweight or obese in the form of excess skin. If you have this problem, you know it may be hard to fit into clothes properly, and you may want to hide from embarrassment. It can really take a toll on your self-esteem, too.

We believe you deserve to look your absolute best, and we’re here to help. At Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, our skilled team offers cosmetic surgery and body contouring procedures to both men and women. We’re led by Dr. Joseph Fodero, a master craftsman known for creating better bodies across the tri-state area. Learn about the many ways we can help you get the body you’ve always dreamed about.

What causes excess skin after weight loss?

When you’re overweight or obese, your skin stretches to accommodate your larger size. Your skin also loses elasticity over time as collagen and elastin break down, which is part of the normal aging process. When you lose weight, your skin contracts, but it may not be able to do it fast enough, leaving you with excess, saggy skin.

Surgical procedures

The only way to get rid of extra skin all over your body is with cosmetic surgery and body contouring procedures. It’s best to wait about six months after your weight loss to give your body a chance to stabilize before coming in for cosmetic surgery. You should also be in good health and be a non-smoker. Learn more about these procedures and decide which option is right for you.

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures. During this surgery, your excess abdominal skin is removed, and your remaining skin is gently pulled back together for a flat, yet natural look. Your belly button remains attached to your abdominal wall the whole time. After the skin is repositioned, it’s popped through a small incision and rests at that new location.

Breast lift

Are your breasts sagging after weight loss? During this procedure, the extra breast skin is removed, and the nipples and breast tissue are raised. You could also opt for breast implants if you want larger breasts.

Arm lift

You know you have muscles under there, but you can’t see them because of the loose skin. Stop the arm jiggle with an arm lift that removes any fat and excess skin.

Thigh and buttock lifts

No one wants all that extra skin around their bum, making it hard to fit into shorts and skinny jeans. We can also remove any excess skin around the thighs, too, to give you a more toned look.


You can combine procedures for an upper-body lift or a lower-body lift. These surgeries are more involved and have longer recovery times. You may even need to stay overnight in a hospital so we can monitor you and provide medications to manage pain and prevent infection. During your consultation, Dr. Fodero will let you know what to expect from each procedure and answer all your questions.

Body contouring with fat removal

We also offer liposuction and SculpSure® to complement your surgery. For example, if you have extra fat around your abdomen after weight loss, it can be removed with liposuction. Liposuction uses a vacuum-like device to suck out the fat. This will help you look even better after a tummy tuck. Or, if you get surgery in one area but want a touch up in another area, you can get SculpSure, a noninvasive treatment that melts away fat cells under the skin’s surface. The fat cells are removed naturally through the body’s normal processes of elimination.

If you’ve lost a massive amount of weight, it’s time to reveal the body that’s hiding under that excess skin once and for all. If you want to learn more about any of these procedures at Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, contact us for a consultation today. You can request an appointment online or call 973-315-5966.

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