How to Reduce Loose Skin on Arms, Thighs and Tummy

Option for Excess Skin after Weight Loss – A body lift for loose skin after weight loss?

Massive weight loss represents a journey, demanding considerable mental and physical resilience. Despite meeting their weight loss goals, many individuals still have loose skin. This skin, stretched by excess weight, often reaches a point where it cannot retract.

Loose skin is able to be removed surgically. There are numerous lifts out there (Arm lift, Thigh lift as well as Lower body lift) depending on a patients needs.

So, you’ve made it to your goal weight.

You’ve lost weight, whether through diet and excercise alone or with the assistance of bariatric surgery. The weight is gone but the loose skin won’t go away.

An option for massive weight loss patients is surgical removal of the skin.

A lower body lift is a plastic surgery procedure that works somewhat similar to a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty: skin is removed in a belt pattern right around the lower trunk, then sutured together to recreate body shapes.

Patients can expect a change with a lower body lift.  This procedure often includes an outer thigh and buttock lift as well as, tummy shaping. This combination works to shape the lower body in one go. Of course, the recovery is longer, because of the extent of the surgery which can mean more associated risks.

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Why doesn’t skin disappear as weight does?

Skin doesn’t readily shrink or disappear when weight is lost because it has its own properties and limitations. Here’s why:

  • Elasticity
    • Skin has a certain degree of elasticity, which allows it to stretch to accommodate changes in body size. However, this elasticity has limits, and when skin is stretched significantly, as in the case of obesity, it may lose some of its ability to snap back into place.
  • Collagen and Elastin
    • Collagen and elastin are proteins that provide skin with its structure and elasticity.
    • With age and prolonged stretching, these proteins can become damaged, reducing the skin’s ability to regain its shape.
  • Rate of Weight Loss
    • The rate at which weight is lost can impact how well skin adapts.
    • Rapid weight loss, especially through crash diets or extreme measures, may not allow the skin enough time to adjust and shrink alongside the body’s changes.
  • Genetics
    • Genetics play a role in determining an individual’s skin elasticity.
    • Some people have more elastic skin, while others have skin that is less adaptable.
  • Age
    • As people age, their skin tends to lose some of its elasticity, making it less likely to bounce back after weight loss.
  • Amount of Weight Lost
    • The amount of weight lost also matters.
    • Significant weight loss, especially in cases of massive weight loss or bariatric surgery, can result in a surplus of loose skin.

Given these factors, skin can have surgical intervention, such as a body lift or abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and alter the appearance after weight loss.

Common areas with excess skin after weight loss

Loose skin can occur in various areas of the body after significant weight loss. The specific areas where loose skin tends to occur include:

  • Abdomen
    • The abdominal area is common for loose skin after weight loss.
    • This can include both the upper and lower abdomen.
  • Arms
    • Loose skin may develop on the upper arms, resulting in a excess skin fold.
  • Thighs
    • Both the inner and outer thighs can have loose skin.
  • Buttocks
    • The buttocks can experience loose excess skin after weight loss.
  • Breasts
    • Both men and women may experience loose skin in the chest area, which can lead to breast ptosis.
  • Face and Neck
    • Facial skin can lose elasticity, resulting in loose jowls or other changes in facial appearance.
  • Hips and Flanks
    • Loose skin can extend to the hip and flank areas, changing the waistline.
  • Back
    • The skin on the back, especially in the lower back region, can become loose.
  • Calves and Ankles
    • In some cases, individuals may experience loose skin in the calf and ankle areas.

The extent and location of loose skin can vary significantly from person to person, depending on factors like the amount of weight lost, genetics, age, and the rate of weight loss. Surgical procedures like body lift, Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck, Arm Lift, and Thigh Lift are often performed to remove excess skin and alter body shape after significant weight loss.

What Excess Skin Reduction Surgeries does Dr Patrick Briggs Preform?

More Information

If you would like to find out more about body lifts, phone us on (03) 8849 1400 for any questions or to book a consultation and visit us at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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