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How Can I Tighten my Skin after Significant Weight Loss?

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How Can I Tighten my Skin after Significant Weight Loss?

It can be discouraging to work so hard to reach your goal weight only to look in the mirror and see saggy, excess skin. Sometimes skin can’t shrink to match your body’s new, smaller size following a dramatic weight loss. This is due to poor tissue elasticity. Your skin’s elasticity depends greatly on your body’s natural collagen production. Loose following a significant weight loss can be attributed to many factors, but a reduction in collagen and elastin production are key contributors.



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*Individual Results May Vary

Body contouring surgeries are the most effective at tightening loose skin after major weight loss. Specific body contouring surgeries include:

A body-lift surgery improves the shape and tone of your body and leaves you with results similar to if you combined a tummy tuck with a thigh lift. In addition to achieving a slimmer, smoother profile, a body lift can help you complete your weight loss journey.

Areas Targeted with a Body-Lift

A body-lift surgery typically focuses on the lower, mid, or upper body. Generally, these procedures can include:

  • Abdominal area (locally or extending around the sides and lower back)
  • Buttocks (focusing on unevenness and/or shape)
  • Groin area
  • Inner, outer, or posterior thigh (or thigh’s circumference)

Your aesthetic goals will be unique to you. Dr. Lawton will work with you to determine which areas should be targeted to achieve optimal results.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What Results Can I Expect?

You will immediately see a noticeable change following your body-lift surgery, though it may take up to two years for final results to fully develop. You can expect that some visible scars will remain. Most patients find the minimal scarring to be well worth their improved confidence and satisfaction in their appearance. As long as you maintain a stable weight and general fitness routine, your results will be long-lasting.

What Does Recovery Look Like?

A body-lift is an extensive procedure and requires a substantial amount of recovery time. You may need 2-8 weeks to return to work, and several months before resuming strenuous activities. Your recovery is largely dependent on your body’s unique healing capabilities. It’s important to follow Dr. Lawton’s individualized post-operative care instructions so your skin and underlying tissue can heal properly for beautiful, healthy results.

Body Contouring in Newport Beach

If you have lost small to moderate amounts of weight, your skin is likely to retract eventually, on its own or through natural remedies. However, if you’ve successfully achieved a major weight loss, a body-lift surgery can help you tighten loose skin. Board-certified, and highly experienced body contouring plastic surgeon, Dr. Tenley K. Lawton may discuss complementary procedures that can be combined with your body lift. These combination body contouring procedures can save you recovery time and money, and get you looking and feeling your best sooner.

“Exceptional!!! I had total and complete confidence in her skillful hands. Very caring and kind. Great instructions and thorough understanding. Her staff is also very friendly, kind and helpful. Excellent care !!!!” *

JH, Happy Patient



*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about body-lift procedures? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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