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Body Lift Surgery for Post Weight Loss Patients in Houston

Losing a significant amount of weight is a tremendous achievement that can dramatically improve a person’s overall health as well as their self-esteem. Still, after major weight loss many people are troubled by loose, saggy skin that can negatively impact them both physically and emotionally. By removing excess skin through a circumferential body lift procedure, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Reis helps post weight loss patients achieve a more toned appearance to the abdomen, back, thighs, and buttocks.

What is a Body Lift?

As a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Reis understands that after major weight loss excess skin can hide a person’s true contours and make them appear heavier than they really are.
A circumferential body lift is a fully customized suite of plastic surgery procedures designed to eliminate excess skin that is often the result of massive weight loss. By combining a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with surgery to contour the waist and a buttock lift, Dr. Reis is able to help patients achieve an outward appearance that more accurately reflects their body weight.

The Circumferential Body Lift Procedure

Dr. Reis performs customized body lift surgery as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. He begins the procedure by making an incision that extends from the lower abdomen to across the lower back, just above the buttocks, where any scarring will be hidden by a bathing suit or underwear. Dr. Reis then removes excess skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, lifts the buttocks, and uses liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat and reveal the patient’s natural body contours.

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Recovery After Body Lift

Following a circumferential body lift, Dr. Reis provides patients with Exparel, which is a non-opioid pain medication that provides patients with three days of pain management in order to reduce their discomfort during the early stages of recovery. Patients can expect to experience swelling and bruising around the surgical site and should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for up to six weeks after their procedure. This does not mean patients need to stop exercising after a body lift procedure: it is important that they maintain their healthy lifestyle by walking or engaging in other non-strenuous physical activity.

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Dr. Reis recognizes the hard work and dedication his post weight loss patients have exhibited to lose weight, and is honored to be part of their journey to a healthier life and self image. If you have undergone massive weight loss but are uncomfortable in your body due to excess skin and stubborn fat pockets, a circumferential body lift may help you achieve a figure that more accurately reflects your true shape. To learn more about post weight loss body contouring options, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reis.

Frequently Asked Questions About Body Lift Surgery

Who is a candidate for body lift surgery?
The best way to determine whether body lift surgery is right for you is to have a consultation with Dr. Reis. In general, the ideal candidate for post weight loss body lift surgery:

  • Is in good overall health
  • Is a non-smoker that does not use other nicotine products
  • Has had a stable weight for at least three months
  • Understands and is committed to the lifestyle changes necessary for post-bariatric body contouring surgery success1


What will my scars look like after body lift surgery?
Whenever possible, Dr. Reis places body lift incisions so that they can be hidden by swimsuits or underwear. The typical body lift patient has a horizontal scar that extends from the lower abdomen to across the small of their back. Some patients also have vertical incisions.

A circumferential body lift can dramatically change a patient’s appearance for the better, but Dr. Reis understands that patients may still have concerns about scarring after their procedure. With that in mind, he is pleased to offer skin care regimens for before and after surgery that can greatly reduce the appearance of scars. He also offers postoperative CO2 laser resurfacing treatments to improve skin tone and texture and to reduce the appearance of scars. Learn more about minimizing the appearance of scars from body lift surgery here.

What are the risks of circumferential body lift surgery?
Dr. Reis is highly experienced and always makes patient safety his highest priority at all stages of treatment. Still, all surgical procedures do carry some risk. The most common risks associated with post weight loss body lift surgery include infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, and changes in skin sensation.2

As with any surgery, it is important to understand the complications and risks associated with a circumferential body lift. Post-weight loss surgery results are highly dependent on each patient’s skin quality, thickness, elasticity and overall BMI, even more so than with other types of cosmetic procedures. These characteristics vary widely amongst post-weight loss patients and are often the reason that these surgeries have a higher revision rate. This is why it is so important to seek out a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with significant experience in post-weight loss surgery, like Dr. Reis.

Can I combine my body lift surgery with other procedures?
Dr. Reis recommends that patients do not combine other procedures with a circumferential body lift. However, he is happy to discuss scheduling additional procedures such as a breast lift or arm lift once patients have recovered from this procedure.

How long after weight loss surgery should I wait for body lift?
Dr. Reis likes to make sure patients’ bodies have fully healed from bariatric surgery before he schedules their circumferential body lift. In most cases, he advises patients to wait one year between weight loss surgery and body lift surgery.

1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Body Lift. Available: Accessed February 5, 2021.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of body lift surgery? Available: Accessed February 5, 2021.


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