Skin Removal after Weight Loss in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, and Paradise Valley

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Dr. Rozbeh Torabi | Dr. Radbeh Torabi

DIEP Breast Reconstruction – Post-Mastectomy Surgery – Phoenix, AZ

At our Elite Plastic Surgery, we will discuss during a private consultation if you are a candidate for DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) or SIEP (superficial inferior epigastric perforator) flap reconstruction, as there are many techniques to choose from depending on your body type, and aesthetic goals. We are proud to offer DIEP flap surgery services, which is our most common autologous free tissue transfer breast reconstruction, to our breast cancer patients and survivors, and want to help each one on their way back to living their lives beyond the diagnosis.

Using microsurgical techniques, our plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Drs. Torabi can restore your breast(s) with this type of flap by removing tissue and blood vessels from the abdomen to create renewed, live tissue without sacrificing your abdominal muscles and nerves.


After weight reduction surgery or significant loss of weight, the skin often lacks elasticity and loses conformity to the reduced body size. This severely stretched skin may result in sagging upper arms, flattened breasts, or an abdominal area that extends around the waist sides like an apron. Excessive unsupported skin after weight loss surgery may also lead to thighs, groin, and buttocks that have hanging pockets of skin.

Phoenix plastic surgeons, Dr. Rozbeh Torabi and Dr. Radbeh Torabi, perform excess skin removal surgery to help patients achieve a smoother and well-contoured skin profile after losing substantial weight.


The right candidates for this procedure are individuals who have loose skin that is functionally, cosmetically, or emotionally troubling. You should be in good health and possess realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Patients need to have enough recovery time to ensure proper healing and an excellent outcome.
If you are planning to have a skin reduction procedure, keep in mind that there may be some scarring from this treatment. Our plastic surgeons at Elite Plastic Surgery employ advanced surgical techniques to minimize visible scarring as well as produce an exceptional cosmetic result.



To get the most out of your skin removal surgery in Phoenix, Drs. Torabi advise that you wait until you have maintained a stable weight for at least 6 months. This waiting process can help prevent additional loosening or stretching skin in the future. Your initial consultation at the Elite Plastic Surgery will be an excellent opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about skin removal surgery. Our plastic surgeons will evaluate you on an individual basis and craft a treatment plan that works best for you.

Benefits of this procedure

The benefits of this cosmetic surgery may include the following:

  1. Smoother and firmer body contouring
  2. Improved comfort in clothing
  3. Loss of inches in various problem areas such as the arms, midsection, and thighs
  4. Improved confidence in your appearance
  5. Reduced irritation as a result of skin rubbing together


Your Arizona skin removal treatment options may feature one or any combination of the following procedures:

  • Facelift – patients who are unhappy with droopy, sagging skin or wrinkles on the face will need a facelift. Surgeons place small incisions on concealed skin folds and tighten the skin to achieve the desired contour. Non-surgical facelift alternatives such as injectable treatments and dermal fillers are not available.
  • Neck lift – individuals who have a double chin or drooping jowls but have a smooth upper face can benefit from a neck lift cosmetic procedure. This treatment is designed to treat creases and sagging skin in the lower face and neck.
  • Tummy tuck – also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck addresses loose skin in the abdominal area. This procedure option is common with women who have gone through a pregnancy, as well as individuals who have lost significant weight.
  • Body lift – this procedure choice is designed to transform the mid and lower body. Your AZ skin removal surgeon will target excess skin as well as fat around the abdominal region including the buttocks, hips, outer thighs, and groin.
  • Body contouring – this is a combination of procedures that address various concerns for individuals who have lost a lot of weight via bariatric surgery, weight loss regimens, or non-surgical bariatric treatments. Body contouring cosmetic surgery brings about a stunning change in appearance. If you’re looking to achieve the body you have always envisioned, this is an excellent procedure choice.
  • Arm lift – usually performed together with another procedure such as a breast lift or tummy tuck, this treatment seeks to address saggy, drooping skin on the upper arm.
  • Thigh lift – this treatment aims to reshape the patient’s thighs by getting rid of excess skin. Results are almost immediate and tend to improve with time.

Skin reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure typically performed under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will carefully place incisions within the natural folds of the skin in order to minimize visible scarring.

During the surgery, the surgeon will work to excise the excess skin to create a better contour of the treatment area. Once this is done, the surgeon will close the incision sites in a way that ensures proper healing as well as minimizes post-operative scarring.


Following skin reduction treatment, the recovery process will vary from one person to the other – usually depending on the amount of skin removed as well as the area of treatment. Light walking and standing are recommended as soon as you are able to in order to ensure proper blood circulation and speedy healing. Patients should expect a degree of swelling, numbness, and soreness, but these usually subside within a few weeks. Your Phoenix skin removal surgeon will prescribe pain medication and provide precise instructions that you should follow to ensure proper healing. Patients should expect to take at least 2 weeks off work and should refrain from any form of strenuous activity for a period of 8 weeks.



Annoying, unsightly and excess skin can be a natural result of weight loss or aging. This treatment aims to get rid of excess skin from the face, neck, and abdominal regions. Depending on your problem areas, our Phoenix cosmetic surgeons at Elite Plastic Surgery will recommend the best procedure option(s) for you.


The cost of this surgical treatment depends on the combination of treatment procedures selected. Other factors that influence the cost of your skin removal surgery in Phoenix include surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees.


You’ll be able to get an impression of the outcome as soon as the swelling and bruising dissipate. However, it might take up to a few months before you can see the final results. Although the impact of this procedure is usually long-lasting, it can be reversed due to additional weight gain. The permanence of this treatment will vary from one patient to the other, but a healthy lifestyle can help.

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