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Achieve the look you want through body contouring

Body contouring after weight loss from dieting or bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, is an effective way to correct the resulting loose and excess skin.




Why choose Ohio State for body contouring

At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center you can benefit from continuity of care, beginning with your weight loss plan and bariatric surgery and following through with the final steps of your weight loss journey – body, arm, thigh and buttock lifts. Bariatric and plastic surgery teams work together to provide you with exceptional customized care, great comfort and the least amount of inconvenience.

Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is a teaching institution, our doctors have a high level of expertise. They’re the ones experienced enough to teach others and are also the published experts behind the latest research, like radio frequency skin-tightening techniques.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. Your OSU Wexner Medical Center plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedures are best for you, based on your goals, expectations and body proportions.

Lift procedures

Lift procedures

There are four types of body contouring lift procedures: arm, buttock, lower body and thigh lifts. Each procedure offers a targeted solution for a different part of the body. Specific problem areas can be focused on or an overall approach can be applied.

Arm lift

Arm lift recontours the arms and eliminates extra, flabby skin.

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

During your treatment

Your surgeon will remove excess skin through an incision that’s made from the armpit to the elbow. The remaining skin will then be tightened, producing a more toned and taut appearance. Arm lift surgery typically lasts one to three hours under a general anesthetic and is done on an outpatient basis.

After your treatment

Some bruising and swelling can be expected in the days following an arm lift. Many patients resume normal daily activities within two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least one month.


Buttock lift

A buttock lift can give the buttocks a more athletic and smoother appearance after weight loss.

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

During your treatment

Your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin through small incisions made at the top of the buttocks or, in some cases, in the hips or groin region. Remaining skin is then lifted and tightened, giving the buttocks a more taut, youthful look. Buttock lift surgery usually takes about three to six hours under a general anesthetic and sometimes is performed on an outpatient basis.

After your treatment

Swelling and bruising are common after a buttock lift. A compression garment will need to be worn to speed healing. Healing continues over several months, but most people are able to resume normal daily activities after three weeks.


Lower body lift

Lower body lift, also known as a circumferential tummy tuck, removes extra skin and fat from the midsection, tightening and recontouring areas including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, love handles (flanks) and thighs.

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

During your treatment

Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat through an incision that’s made around the beltline and down to the inner thighs. The remaining skin is then reshaped and pulled taut, giving your entire midsection a more fit appearance. Since this is a rather extensive procedure, a hospital stay is usually required. Lower body lift surgery typically takes several hours to complete under a general anesthetic. Your OSU Wexner Medical Center surgeon is highly trained to minimize residual scarring and will make every effort to do so.

After your treatment

While you’re recovering, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling, which will fade over the following few weeks. Medication will relieve discomfort. To speed up healing, a compression garment should be worn for a few weeks after surgery. Allow at least two to four weeks of rest.


Thigh lift

It’s common for extra skin and fat to accumulate in the thighs after weight loss. A thigh lift can effectively address this by improving the tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, making thighs look smoother and more fit.

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

During your treatment

Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat through incisions made from the bikini line down to the thighs. Then the remaining skin is reshaped for a more contoured look. Thigh lift surgery takes about two hours to complete under a general anesthetic and sometimes is performed on an outpatient basis.

After your treatment

Some bruising and swelling are common in the days following a thigh lift. Compression garments can be used to speed healing. Many patients resume normal daily activities after two to three weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.


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