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Body Lift Surgery: Achieving Contoured Results After Weight Loss

Drastic weight loss can lead to undesirable excess skin in various parts of the body. Diet and exercise can help you tone your muscles and lose fat, but often excess skin is left behind, which in turn does not lead to that well-contoured, firm body that you desire. Body lift sometimes referred to as belt-lipectomy, is a comprehensive surgical procedure that aims to get rid of excess skin and stubborn fat in the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, arms, and even breasts. Excessive weight loss surgery in Houston is performed at Arroyo Plastic Surgery to help you achieve the aesthetic goals you've already been working hard to achieve.

Who is a Candidate?

You may be a good candidate for post weight loss surgery at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You are frustrated with excess skin after losing significant weight or undergoing bariatric surgery.
  • You experience frequent rashes, chafing, or infections due to overhanging skin.
  • You are near your ideal weight goals.
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of your body lift treatment.

Your Body Lift Consultation

During your first consultation for a body lift in Houston, Dr. Arroyo will listen to your concerns, examine your problem areas, and let you know whether this procedure is right for you. He understands that the aesthetic desires of every patient are different and works closely with patients to develop a highly customized treatment plan to address their needs.

Using a state-of-the-art virtual consultation tool, he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the process would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your pictorial anatomy. 

Priding himself on his world-class patient experience, Dr. Arroyo treats each patient as a VIP from their consultation through their post-op care.

Body Lift Procedure Options

Procedures that may be integrated into your body lift surgery include:

Breast lift

Also referred to as mastopexy – is a cosmetic surgery treatment for women who are bothered by the appearance of elongated, sagging breasts. During a breast lift, the surgeon will focus on removing excess skin and reshaping tissue to achieve elevated, perkier breasts.

Arm lift

Also referred to as brachioplasty, is an excellent option for addressing excess loose skin in the upper arms region. An arm lift aims to eliminate hanging skin and tighten the underlying tissue to achieve a well-toned, smoother, upper arm appearance.

Tummy tuck

Also referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck aims to address loose skin, stretched/weakened muscles, and stubborn fat in the abdominal region. Many patients who undergo this treatment achieve a slimmer and tighter midsection with improved core muscle functionality.

Thigh lift

Men and women who have excess skin or stubborn fat in their thighs can benefit from thigh lift surgery. This procedure aims to resolve aesthetic concerns in the inner and outer thighs to achieve a tightened, better-toned upper leg appearance.

Brazillian butt lift

Also referred to as fat grafting butt augmentation, a Brazilian butt lift is designed for women who wish to improve their buttocks’ appearance. The surgeon will use fat from other areas of your body to achieve a fuller, shapelier, and more attractive buttock.


Liposuction is a must-have procedure for patients who wish to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in virtually any part of the body. Dr. Arroyo can perform liposuction alone or in conjunction with other body sculpting procedures to achieve the desired body contouring result.

These are just some of the procedures used in excessive weight loss surgery at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery, to help you during your weight loss journey. During your consultation, you can discuss all of your aesthetic concerns with Dr. Arroyo and he can tailor and treatment plan to meet your needs.

Dr. Arroyo’s Sedation Method

During a body lift procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo uses a total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) sedation method. This technique offers several key benefits, including fewer intravenous medications, no intubation during surgery, and none of the side effects commonly associated with general anesthesia. The method begins with an oral medication before surgery to ease nerves and pain, followed by an IV to induce sedation. Throughout the process, you will be closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo and his team, and safety is the highest priority. When you wake up, you’ll be relaxed and ready to recover at home.

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Post Weight Loss Body Lift FAQ

How long will results last?

Will I have scarring?

How much is a post-weight loss body lift?

Are the procedures performed at the same time?

How long will results last?

While a body lift gets rid of excess skin and stubborn fat in various parts of the body, it does not prevent new fat and skin from forming. Dr. Arroyo advises his patients to take good care of their bodies – through a controlled diet and plenty of exercise – to have long-lasting results from this treatment.

Will I have scarring?

Scarring is inevitable following a surgical procedure. However, Dr. Arroyo uses the most advanced surgical techniques to make sure your scar is as thin as possible and well-concealed along fold lines or in areas of the body where they are properly hidden. He will let you know how to care for your incisions and scar sites to ensure improvements over time.

How much is a post-weight loss body lift?

The cost of post weight loss surgery at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery can vary depending on the number of different procedures that need to be performed, as well as each patient’s unique anatomy. Patients can expect to pay between $8,000 and $30,000. Health insurance companies typically do not cover body lift because it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial body lift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Are the procedures performed at the same time?

Your body lift treatment may be performed in a single surgical session or spread out over multiple surgical sessions. Dr. Arroyo will create a treatment plan that works best for you based on your unique anatomy and the number of procedures that need to be included in the body lift.

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