Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
122 East Ridgewood Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: (201) 967-1212
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (medical spa only)
This personalized procedure can help free you from the burden of excess, hanging skin on your body after losing a lot of weight, helping you feel more comfortable & confident in your slimmer body.
Cost & Recovery
- $8,000 to $19,000
- Body lifting procedures are highly personalized, so recovery times vary. Patients typically can expect to recover for 2 to 4 weeks before returning to normal activity.
- Scars will always be present after a body lift, but should fade well with proper care
- Patients should be at a stable, healthy weight for at least 3 to 6 months before surgery
- Tummy tuck, thigh lift & upper arm lift are common post-bariatric procedures
- 9,098 patients body lift surgery in 2018**
* Results may vary
** Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2018 ASAPS data
Before & After Photos
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Before & After Photos
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
With the growing popularity of gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity, we have seen a dramatic increase in patients seeking body contouring after this procedure. Likewise, patients who have lost weight through diet and exercise or following pregnancy may want to address excess, sagging skin that remains after they achieve their goal weight.
Our goal with post-weight loss body contouring surgery is to remove the extra skin in affected areas and leave scars which are as inconspicuous as possible. Following your body lifting procedures, you’ll have tighter, smoother skin that both looks and feels better in clothing.
- What is body contouring surgery?
- Options for Body Contouring After Weight Loss
- Tummy Tuck Alone
- Body Lift
- Inner Thigh Lift
- Body Lift After Weight Loss
- Are you ready for body lift surgery?
- Your Body Lift Consultation & Imaging Session
- About Your Surgery at the Parker Center
What Is Body Contouring Surgery?
Body contouring procedures after weight loss are not the same for every patient. It may be best to think of “body contouring surgery” as an umbrella name for a collection of plastic surgery procedures that lift and tighten specific areas of the body. For some, a tummy tuck alone achieves the desired improvements, while for others a tummy tuck, body lift, and inner thigh lift all are needed.
Below we have tried to clarify the terminology for you:
Post Weight Loss Surgery vs. Post-Bariatric Surgery
Post weight loss surgery refers to any plastic surgery procedure or procedures performed to address excess skin and sagging tissues after massive weight loss. Since many patients have had bariatric surgery to lose the weight, it is also called post-bariatric surgery. However, the same procedures can be used for patients who lost that weight through diet and exercise. Some need a lower body lift; others only need a single procedure, such as a tummy tuck. Other names for post weight loss surgery include: post-bariatric body lifting and post-weight loss body contouring.
What Is a Body Lift?
When surgeons refer to a body lift, they are typically referring to a surgical procedure which lifts and tightens the skin of the thighs, buttocks, hips (flanks), groin, waist, and abdomen. Other names for a body lift include circumferential body lift or a 360 body lift.
Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.
Options for Body Contouring After Weight Loss
No two patients have the same goals or needs with body lifting surgery. At your consultation, Dr. Parker will listen closely to understand what you hope to achieve, evaluate your areas of concern, and explain your options to make your desired changes.
Why Liposuction by Itself Is Usually Not an Option
While Dr. Parker may use it to enhance the results of a body lifting procedure, liposuction alone will rarely achieve the desired results. Liposuction reduces unwanted fat only, and for post-weight loss patients, excess skin, not fat is usually the main problem. In fact, for a patient with poor skin elasticity, liposuction without surgery to remove the excess skin may worsen the sagging appearance.
About Your Procedure
Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.Request a Free Consultation Your Education Session
Tummy Tuck Alone
If the excess skin remaining after weight loss is mainly concentrated around the abdomen, a tummy tuck alone can provide excellent results. During this procedure, Dr. Parker tightens lax, protruding abdominal muscles and reduces the excess skin for a firmer, flatter midsection. For many patients, he will combine a tummy tuck with liposuction, called lipoabdominoplasty, to sculpt a more natural, slim contour to the entire belly and hips.
Before & After Tummy Tuck Following Weight Loss*
Weight loss affects each patient differently, and for some excess skin hangs from the buttocks and thighs, causing a wrinkled, aged appearance. By performing a body lift, Dr. Parker can remove the excess, sagging skin and tighten the remaining skin to restore a smoother, firmer appearance. If the buttocks have also lost definition, Dr. Parker can perform auto-augmentation, transferring fatty tissue normally discarded from the hips to create a rounder, more aesthetically pleasing contour of the buttocks. An incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
What Is Involved With Body Lift Surgery?
Prior to surgery, Dr. Parker will carefully draw the proposed incisions on the patient in a standing position. He will review these markings and the surgical plan once again with the patient in front of a full length mirror. The patient is then brought to our operating room. Our our anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia to the patient. The patient is carefully turned into prone position, painted with an antiseptic solution and draped with sterile sheets. Dr. Parker will make incisions with a scalpel through the marked incisions. He will then remove a pre determined amount of skin and fatty tissue. He uses a laser like device called a cautery to seal all blood vessels. Despite the extent of the surgery, there is typically very little blood loss in his patients with this surgery.
Once the desired amount of skin and fat have been removed, the incisions are closed in multiple layers with dissolvable sutures to make the scars heal so that they are as thin as possible. Over 100 sutures are likely inserted in this closure to make it as perfect as possible. A medical version of Crazy Glue called Dermabond is then applied to the skin incision and seal it allowing the patient to shower the next day.
The patient is then carefully turned onto their back for the tummy tuck portion of the procedure. The patient is again painted with antiseptic solution and new sterile towels use to cover them. Dr. Parker now makes an incision in the lower abdominal skin marking with a scalpel and lifts the skin and underlying fatty tissue from the underlying muscles. If the muscles are loose (called “diastasis recti”), he will tighten these muscles with several layer of sutures. He then removes the stretched out skin and again closes the abdominal incision with multiple layers of sutures, just like the one on the back. He will make a small incision over the belly button, bring this out through the skin to make the patient an attractive, normal looking belly button.
Inner Thigh Lift
For many patients, significant weight loss results in an excess of skin that gathers on the inner thighs. This unwanted, sagging skin can be removed with a crescent inner thigh lift or a more aggressive vertical thigh lift procedure. Dr. Parker will discuss these options with you during your consultation.
Most of his patients opt for a crescent inner thigh lift because the scarring is more concealed. With a crescent inner thigh lift procedure, the excess skin is removed through an incision hidden in the groin crease leaving a scar hidden in that well concealed location. This creates a smoother, slimmer contour of the inner thighs.
A vertical inner thigh lift aggressively removes more loose skin and fat than a crescent inner thigh lift. With a vertical inner thigh lift, a vertically oriented V shaped incision is made over the excess skin and fat on the inner thigh. This unwanted tissue is removed and the incision closed with sutures leaving a vertical scar on the inner thigh. More skin and fat is removed with this procedure so the contour is slimmer than a crescent inner thigh lift but the scar more apparent.
Inner Thigh Lift Following Weight Loss*
Body Lift After Weight Loss
Many patients who lose a lot of weight, either through post-bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, are left with significant amounts of excess skin around the torso and thighs. Abdominal muscles may have become lax and protruding. A body lift combines a tummy tuck and outer thigh & buttock lift together to reduce excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, and restore a smoother, more natural body contour. The most extensive of all post-weight loss procedures, a body lift can achieve the most dramatic results.
Outer Thigh & Buttock Lift Following Weight Loss*
Lower Body Lift Following Weight Loss*
Are You Ready for Body Lift Surgery?
For your safety and to ensure the best possible results, it’s important that you are at a stable weight before undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss. Typically, Dr. Parker recommends waiting until one year after bypass surgery or when weight loss has plateaued for 6 months.
Your Body Lift Consultation & Imaging Session
Consultations at the Parker Center are special. Dr. Parker will spend extra time with you, ensuring that he understands your goals and that you are fully educated about each potential solution. Additionally, our imaging expert will help you see the possibilities with digital photo imaging or Vectra 3D imaging technology, depending on your interests. Patients who are comparing providers often tell us our consults are the most thorough and informative they’ve ever experienced!
About Your Surgery at the Parker Center
Dr. Parker performs body lifting surgery in our fully accredited surgical facility. Your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia, administered by our board-certified MD anesthesiologist. Time in surgery depends on the exact procedures you are having. Patients who are having more extensive procedures typically require post-op monitoring in our aftercare facility or in the comfort of their own home by a private duty nurse.
Body lifting procedures can be extensive cosmetic surgeries and typically require a more lengthy recovery, particularly if you are having a tummy tuck or other procedure that involves muscular repair. Dr. Parker will explain the details of recovery for each procedure you are considering, so you can decide what’s best for you.
*Results may vary
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