Excess Skin Removal

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


After a weight reduction surgery or significant weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack elasticity and lose conformity to the reduced body size. This severely stretched skin may result in sagging upper arms, flattened breasts, or an abdominal area extending like an apron around the waist sides. Excessive, unsupported skin after weight loss surgery may also lead to thighs, groin, and buttocks with hanging skin pockets.  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 procedure’s outcome. Patients need to have enough recovery time to ensure proper healing and an excellent outcome. If you are planning on getting 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 and produce an exceptional cosmetic result.


To get the most out of your skin removal surgery in Phoenix, Dr. Torabi advises that you wait until you have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. This waiting process can help prevent additional loosening or stretching of the skin in the future. Your initial consultation at Elite Plastic Surgery will be an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have about skin removal surgery. Our plastic surgeons will evaluate you individually and craft a treatment plan that works best for you. Benefits of this procedure The benefits of this cosmetic surgery may include the following:
  • Smoother and firmer body contouring
  • Improved comfort in clothing
  • Loss of inches in various problem areas such as the arms, midsection, and thighs
  • Improved confidence in your appearance
  • 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 with 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 and individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. Your AZ plastic surgeons will remove excess skin while tightening your abdominal muscles during tummy tuck surgery.
  • Body lift – Weight loss patients with “apron” or hanging skin from below the belly button will benefit from a body lift. A body lift procedure is designed to transform the mid and lower body. Your AZ skin removal surgeons remove excess skin and 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 plastic 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 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 to ensure proper healing and minimize postoperative scarring.


Following excess skin surgery, the recovery process will vary from one person to the other – usually depending on the amount of skin removed and the area of treatment. Light walking and standing are recommended as soon as you can 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 two weeks off work and should refrain from any form of strenuous activity for 8 weeks.


What is excess skin removal surgery?

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

What is the cost of a skin reduction procedure?

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.

When can I expect to see results?

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.