Body contouring after weight loss and pregnancy

Achieving a healthy weight for your body type can enhance your life; however, it can also leave you with excess skin. While this doesn't typically cause any health issues, patients can feel self-conscious.  

Our fellowship-trained plastic surgeons can help eliminate this loose skin caused by bariatric surgery, weight loss and even pregnancy with body contouring so you can feel more confident.  


What is body contouring?

Significant weight gain can slowly stretch your skin over time to accommodate the underlying fat. Once the fat is removed, stretch marks and extra folds of skin may be visible on the lower abdomen, thighs, arms, neck and breasts. 

Body contouring, or body sculpting, surgically removes the excess skin to improve your body's shape and tone.


Different types of body contouring

Our plastic surgeons offer the following body sculpting options:

  • Arm lift (brachioplasty)
  • Breast lift
  • Facelift
  • Lower abdomen lift (panniculectomy/abdominoplasty)
  • Thigh lift (thighplasty)
  • Upper body lift

We will work with you to determine the best plan to reach your desired results.


Who is a good candidate for body contouring?

Good candidates may be patients who underwent bariatric surgery, lost weight through diet and exercise or had a baby.  

To qualify for body contouring surgery after weight loss, patients must have:

  • Completed bariatric surgery at least 18 months ago
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 35
  • Stable weight for at least 6 to 12 months

Will my insurance cover body sculpting?

Insurance typically covers body contouring for patients who have:

  • Documented history of chronic, recurring symptoms due to excess skin for at least three months
  • Medical issues, wounds or excessive skin interfering with their daily lifestyle

Please contact your insurance company directly to confirm coverage.

Marshall Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

East Hills Professional Center
3246 U.S. Route 60, Suite 26
(Note: may still appear as 5187 U.S. Route 60 in some GPS systems)
Huntington, WV 25705
Phone: 304.691.8910

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