What You Need to Know About Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

After so much time spent in lockdown over the ongoing pandemic, many people found themselves with more free time on their hands. This manifested itself in a variety of ways, including time to self-reflect for some, more time to work out for others, but for many, this time led to more eating and drinking, resulting in some added pounds. Whether this free time prompted weight loss or weight loss was used as a countermeasure for pounds gained, the last two years have seen enough body changes for experts to predict that surgery after weight loss may be a significant trend in 2022. We wanted to explore this potential trend and explain everything you need to know about non-invasive body contouring services and plastic surgery after weight loss.   

Surgical Options After Weight Loss

Dramatic weight loss can leave behind loose and sagging skin. There are various procedures to target different areas of the body to remove this excess skin and help restore natural body contours. Some of the most popular surgical procedures after weight loss include:

Tummy Tuck 

A tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures following significant weight loss because it removes excess fat and skin around the belly and sides that is commonly left over after losing weight. Tummy tucks also help restore separated or weakened abdominal muscles, which can help smooth and firm your abdomen. O’Neill Plastic Surgery also offers mini tummy tucks that target the lower abdominal area to provide a flatter and smoother lower belly.

Thigh Lift

If weight loss has left you with excess skin on your thighs, a thigh lift removes any sagging skin on your upper and inner thighs to create a more toned appearance. 


Brachioplasty, also known as an upper arm lift, removes stubborn fat and tightens any loose skin that results from weight loss. 

Breast Lift

Sagging breasts is also a common side effect of weight loss. One of the procedures that can help lift and reposition the breasts and nipples is a breast lift

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is an example of another viable option for plastic surgery after weight loss, especially for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have lost shape to their backside. This surgery does not add volume to the buttocks; it instead lifts the existing fat and skin to create a toned and tightened appearance,

Non-Surgical Options After Weight Loss

Due to innovative advancements in minimally invasive services, plastic surgery after weight loss is not your only option to remove excess skin and achieve a toned look. O’Neill Plastic Surgery offers the most up-to-date body contouring services, including Morpheus8, FaceTite, and BodyTite.

BodyTite and FaceTite

If loose skin is your primary concern following significant weight loss, consider BodyTite or FaceTite. BodyTite’s minimally invasive technique shapes, tightens, and lifts to improve body contours, while FaceTite is a scalpel-free, scarless procedure that dramatically improves skin laxity on the face and neck.


To tighten sagging skin around the face and jawline, Morpheus8 is another safe, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment. This microneedling treatment uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin texture with very little downtime required.

Preparing for Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

Before considering plastic surgery after weight loss, it’s important to reflect on your goals and make sure you are fully prepared to take the next step. It’s essential to have already reached your goal weight before undergoing any body contouring surgery, as losing additional weight could alter your results. Maintaining your weight and establishing healthy habits is the best way to see prolonged results and to put your body in the best shape to recover. Finally, having a good support system that can help care for you will reduce stress and promote relaxation, both of which lead to the best post-op outcome.  

Schedule a Consultation

O’Neill Plastic Surgery offers state-of-the-art surgical procedures to help our patients achieve their individual needs and desires. Whether you’re interested in surgical or minimally invasive body contouring services after weight loss, we can help you achieve your desired results. Our staff is committed, experienced, and works collaboratively to educate patients on the latest plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to schedule a consultation.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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