Am I a good candidate for a total body lift?

Over the past year, and a bit I have pursued a strict diet and exercise regimen and have gone from 220 to my current weight of 118 lbs. (I'm 5'2”, btw.) Despite an emphasis on toning, I'm still left with excess skin. I knew that could happen but I hoped maybe I'd be the exception rather than the rule. Would I be a good candidate for a total body lift because of this? Though there's a surplus of flesh in my upper arms, the worst is definitely from my mid-section down and not only is there excess skin but I also still have some fat deposits. I'll continue to diet and exercise, of course, but it's not enough. Does my situation seem suited for a total body lift? I also feel like it will be a reward for all of my hard work.


F, 36, Pennsylvania

Tags:woman age 35-44 5 ft 0 in to 5 ft 3 in 110-129 lbs excess skin candidate

Congrats on the weight loss!

No amount of exercise for toning will remove extra skin. A body lift is the appropriate procedure in most cases after significant massive weight loss like what you are describing. Sometimes this is done in stages. For instance:

  1. Lower body lift with tummy tuck, possible buttlift and thigh lift
  2. Upper body lift with brachioplasty (arm lift) and breast lift/implants as appropriate

In-person exam is best for assessment of your candidacy, although for out-of-town patients we offer video consults and photo reviews along with history questionnaires to help determine what procedures are most appropriate and how to stage them.

-- Dr. Sayed

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