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Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota Body Contouring after Weight Loss

After a person has lost a significant amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or diet and rigorous exercise, he or she should feel a sense of pride and excitement. However, excess skin left over from before the weight loss can make it impossible to comfortably live a new, active lifestyle. Some excess skin may shrink to fit the new contours over time, but in cases in which a great deal of weight is lost, surgery at our Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area practice, Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD., may be a better option. Body contouring designed for patients who have lost a great deal of weight trims away excess skin and fatty tissue, leaving a more sleek and toned appearance.

Candidates for Body Contouring Surgery

Good candidates for body contouring surgery include most people who have excess skin due to weight loss. If your weight is still fluctuating, or if you plan to lose more weight or become pregnant, it may be best to postpone this surgery.

If you are at a stable weight (even if you have not yet reached your goal weight), you may still be a good candidate for surgery when your metabolism is normal and able to heal, rather than losing more weight in an unhealthy attempt to be at a preconceived number. Surgery is safer on patients that are healthy and still slightly overweight as compared to patients that starve themselves into an unhealthy metabolic state that does not facilitate good healing. Candidates may include:

  • Post-bariatric-surgery patients
  • People who have lost weight through diet and exercise
  • Women who have been pregnant and do not plan to conceive more children


Post-weight-loss body contouring surgery often involves the removal of loose or sagging skin and fatty tissue in several areas of the body, including the arms, breasts, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. It can also involve the use of liposuction to treat remaining pockets of unwanted fat. To perform this surgery, incisions are made to remove the unwanted skin and adjacent fat.  Because this surgery is highly customized to the individual patient, the procedure will vary depending on the amount and location of skin and fatty tissue to be removed. Multiple areas may be lifted and tightened at one operation, reducing the cost and recovery of multiple separate procedures. Liposuction or tummy tuck can be combined with a breast lift, male breast reduction, or even a complete lower body lift for a more comprehensive body makeover. Please contact Dr. Richard H. Tholen and Dr. Douglas L. Gervais at their Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area office for a complimentary consultation to ask your body contouring questions and learn more about how this procedure can help you achieve a body that looks as good as you feel.

Recovery and Results

The amount of recovery time necessary for the patient to fully heal after body contouring surgery depends on the extent of treatment that he or she undergoes. A patient who only needs skin removed from the abdominal area, for example, may recover more rapidly than a patient who has excess tissue removed from several areas. Depending on the number of surgical sites, as well as the amount of tissue removed, some patients may return to work as soon as a week after surgery; others may take several weeks to return to full activity.  The results are worthwhile, however—most patients are thrilled with their new bodies.

Contact Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. in Minnesota for a Body Contouring Consultation

Please contact our practice, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to learn more about body contouring for patients who have experienced significant weight loss. No matter what your situation is, if you have excess skin and fatty tissue, it is very likely that cosmetic surgery can improve your appearance.

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