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Body Contouring After Weight Loss: Your Guide to Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, and Arm Lifts

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Embarking on a weight loss journey is a transformative and rewarding experience. However, even after reaching your goal weight, you may find that the excess, sagging skin left behind can impact your self-confidence and limit the enjoyment of your hard-earned results. As a skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey E. Schreiber understands the impact that your appearance can have on your overall well-being and is committed to helping you fully embrace and celebrate your weight loss achievements with body contouring procedures.


In this informative article, we’ll explore various body contouring techniques, including tummy tucks, liposuction, and arm lifts, designed to address sagging skin, stubborn fat, and contour irregularities that often accompany significant weight loss. We will also discuss factors to consider when choosing the right procedures for you and what to expect throughout the process, from consultation to recovery.

Our primary goal is to provide you with the knowledge and support necessary to make an informed decision, ensuring you achieve the optimal results for your individual situation. Dr. Schreiber is dedicated to offering personalized care and expert guidance at every stage of your body contouring journey. 

Tummy Tucks: Achieving a Flatter, Tighter Abdomen

A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a popular body contouring procedure that addresses excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles resulting from pregnancy, aging, or significant weight loss. This surgical technique can effectively reshape the area by removing surplus skin, tightening the abdominal wall, and eliminating persistent pockets of fat.

There are several variations of abdominoplasty, including a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck. Each type serves a different purpose, targeting specific concerns and degrees of excess skin. By assessing your unique needs and goals, Dr. Schreiber will recommend the most appropriate tummy tuck version to ensure you achieve a flatter and firmer abdominal profile.

Liposuction: Removing Stubborn Fat for Refined Contours

While tummy tucks focus on tightening excess skin and muscles, liposuction targets unwanted fat deposits that persist despite dedicated diet and exercise efforts. This versatile procedure can be employed to sculpt various body areas, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and arms.

Liposuction involves the insertion of a small, hollow tube called a cannula to break down fat cells and gently vacuum them out of the body. The result is a smoother, more streamlined body shape tailored to your natural curves and desired aesthetic. When performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedures, liposuction can significantly enhance overall results, providing a harmonious, well-balanced silhouette.

Arm Lifts: Restoring Youthful Arm Tone and Shape

For those who have experienced considerable weight loss, the excess skin along the upper arms can be a particularly frustrating issue. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address this concern by removing surplus skin and reshaping the underlying tissues, resulting in a more toned and defined upper arm appearance.


There are two primary types of arm lifts: traditional and limited-incision. A traditional arm lift involves placing an incision along the inner surface of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow, allowing for the removal of a significant amount of excess skin. A limited-incision arm lift, on the other hand, employs a smaller incision placed within the armpit, resulting in less skin removal but also less visible scarring.

Dr. Schreiber will thoroughly evaluate your individual needs and aesthetic goals to determine the most suitable arm lift approach to help you regain confidence in your upper body contours.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Body Contouring Procedures

As you explore the world of body contouring, there are several factors you should consider when weighing your options, including:

  • Skin elasticity: The quality of your skin plays a significant role in determining which procedures may be best suited for you. If you have good skin elasticity, liposuction alone may be sufficient to address stubborn fat deposits. However, if your skin is less resilient or you have significant excess skin following weight loss, a combination of procedures like tummy tucks and arm lifts may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
  • Recovery time: Each body contouring procedure carries its recovery expectations, and recovery time may vary based on the extent and combination of techniques used. It is essential to consider how much downtime you can realistically accommodate in your schedule and discuss your work, family, and personal commitments with Dr. Schreiber to ensure a smooth, stress-free recovery process.
  • Cost: Body contouring procedures can vary in cost depending on the type, extent, and combination of treatments. During your consultation, we’ll provide you with a transparent and accurate estimate of expenses associated with your customized procedure plan.


The decision to pursue body contouring after significant weight loss is a personal and empowering one. With expert guidance from Dr. Schreiber, you can confidently explore various techniques, including tummy tucks, liposuction, and arm lifts, to achieve the body shape and confidence you’ve worked so hard to attain. By understanding your unique concerns, aesthetic desires, and recovery expectations, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you fully embrace and celebrate your transformation. 

Schedule your consultation for body contouring at Baltimore Cosmetic Surgery with Dr. Jeffrey E. Schreiber today. Call (410) 205-1846 and take the first step toward realizing your ideal physique

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