How Much Excess Skin is Removed During After Weight Loss Surgery?

By: Dr. Dax Demaree


Almost nothing is more rewarding than losing weight to improve your appearance and confidence. However, you may be left with excess skin around the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, breasts, neck, and arms. This makes it challenging to fully appreciate your new figure. Fortunately, Dr. Dax Demaree can perform after weight loss surgery to reshape and recontour your body.

The amount of skin removed depends on the individual and their cosmetic goals, which is why a body contouring consultation at Premier Surgical Arts is so important. Call now to book an assessment and learn about your surgical options. Our Altoona, WI team members ensure results that leave you looking and feeling your best.

Why is excess skin removal necessary?

Loose or hanging skin resulting from massive weight loss affects nearly any area of the body. Many people find that it detracts from their appearance and causes problems such as chafing and discomfort.

At Premier Surgical Arts, we recognize that excess skin can be a source of distress. This is why we offer excess skin removal – this may be the final step in your journey to a healthier and more attractive silhouette.

Ideal candidates for this procedure are adults who are at a healthy weight and do not expect to lose any more. This is because additional weight loss can cause your skin to become loose once again.

How does after weight loss surgery work?

Skin removal surgery takes between 3 – 7 hours, depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Dr. Demaree will make incisions along natural creases or folds and remove small fat deposits that often accompany excess skin. Once the procedure is complete, incisions are closed with sutures, and dressings are applied. A short hospital stay is required because of the extent of the surgery and anesthesia.

How much excess skin is removed?

There is no one answer because it depends on the individual’s body and the amount of weight that was lost. Dr. Demaree will perform a comprehensive body contouring assessment before creating a custom surgical plan in Altoona, WI, taking into account the following factors:

  • Your health and medical history
  • The location and amount of excess skin involved
  • The elasticity of your skin
  • Your cosmetic goals

Premier Surgical Arts is careful not to remove too much skin since this can cause complications and affect your range of motion. We’re committed to working with you every step of the way to ensure your expectations are met.

Will I be happy with my results?

Recovery from excess skin removal does involve some swelling and inflammation that prevent you from seeing your results right away. The good news is that most people are very pleased with their outcomes. Our patients report a boost in confidence, improved comfort, and an overall sense of well-being that comes from losing weight and having a contoured body. Dr. Demaree can provide a detailed timeline, so you know what to expect at each stage.

Discover a slimmer, healthier body

Excess skin removal surgery can restore your confidence and help you feel better about your body. Learn more about after weight loss surgery or determine your candidacy for treatment by calling Premier Surgical Arts in Altoona, WI. Board-certified general surgeon Dr. Dax Demaree is committed to helping transform your life through cutting-edge body contouring surgery.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.