Removes loose, hanging skin from the body, after gastric bypass surgery, stomach stapling or gastric banding (gastric bypass). Excess skin commonly loses its elasticity and hangs from the arms, legs, chest and stomach. Body contouring, also known as body shaping or a body lift, is performed to improve this condition. The complete body contouring process includes liposuction, tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, and other procedures as necessary on a case by case basis.

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2 to 5 hours, depending on the amount of skin to be removed. Surgeons may schedule follow-up operations over several months.

Side Effects

Long scars on the inside of the legs, underneath the arms, across the stomach, and extending across the hips. They may take several years to fade.


Modest amounts of pain, bruising and swelling are present after the procedure. Pain is controlled with medications while any excess fluid is drained away by special instruments. Back to work: 6 weeks. Resume exercise: after 8 weeks. Healing of scars: up to 1 year.


Possible risks include blood clots, infection, and bleeding under the incisions.


Permanent, but sensitive to diet and exercise.


A tummy tuck, (abdominoplasty) is usually the first step in body contouring. Excess skin is then removed from legs, arms and breast area.

Patient Status

Inpatient – Hospital stays can range from 1 to 8 days.




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