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Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss in Sarasota, FL

With the increased popularity of weight loss drugs like Semaglutides (Ozempic) or Tirzepatide (Mounjaro), gastric bypass surgeries, and a greater focus on fitness, we are overjoyed to see that more of our patients are losing weight and living better, healthier lives. Following significant weight loss, many patients experience loose or hanging skin that hinders their efforts to enhance their overall contours and achieve their goals.

You’ve done the hard part—you’ve followed your weight loss plan or treatment to restore your healthy lifestyle and achieved your weight loss goals. At Florida Plastic Surgery and Medspa, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi can help you restore your overall contours by treating excess skin after weight loss.

When it comes to your body contouring journey after weight loss, you deserve a provider with unparalleled expertise who understands that your goals are to look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. You deserve the care of Dr. Hamwi— a top choice, double-board certified surgeon who treats excess skin after weight loss in Sarasota.

What Surgeries Are Available After Weight Loss?

At Florida Plastic Surgery, we offer weight management programs that include Semaglutide (Ozempic) and Tirzepatide (Mounjaro). Along with a reduced caloric diet and increased physical activities, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are treatments for chronic weight management that can help patients lose weight and reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Whether you’ve achieved your weight loss with help from Semaglutide or Tirzepatide, gastric bypass surgery, or through sensible lifestyle changes, we want to help you improve the appearance of your overall contours. Body contouring procedures after weight loss typically involve addressing loose or hanging skin and reducing pockets of excess fat to restore the proportions of the figure.

Certain areas of the body are notoriously difficult or near impossible to target through weight loss and exercise. Sometimes following significant weight loss, loose skin in those areas can worsen, and many of the commonly requested procedures following weight loss address loose skin.


Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, removes extra skin, tissue, and fat to reshape the upper arms for smoother, slender-looking arms with improved muscle tone. Arm lifts are often performed under local anesthesia with an incision on the back or inside of the upper arm.

While Dr. Hamwi may sometimes use liposuction to help remove excess fat, brachioplasty procedures typically address loose skin that liposuction would not be able to address alone.


Facelifts, medically known as a rhytidectomy, are surgical procedures designed to improve loose, hanging skin on the face and neck. By tightening and repositioning the underlying facial structures in the lower portion of the face and neck, it improves contours and enhances a slimmer, more youthful facial appearance.

Patients may also need more attention in the neck region to address sagging skin to restore the appearance, which is why a facelift is also commonly paired with a neck lift.

Facelifts typically address factors that arise after weight loss or aging, such as:

  • Jowls
  • Significant mid- and lower-face wrinkles
  • Poor jawline definition
  • Sagging neck tissues

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, seek to restore and recontour the midsection by removing excess skin and sometimes tightening weakened or separated abdominal muscles. However, following significant weight loss, sagging skin is often the primary concern addressed during a tummy tuck rather than tightening or repairing muscles.

To address remaining pockets of unwanted fat, your body contouring plastic surgeon can include liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck for a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.

A mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdomen only, usually between the belly button and pubic area. The procedure primarily addresses exercise- and diet-resistant fat or excess skin in the lower abdomen rather than muscle repairs.

Mini tummy tucks have significantly smaller incisions and are less invasive than full tummy tucks. As such, mini tummy tucks have a shorter recovery period.


Awake liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove remaining pockets of unwanted subcutaneous fat to improve body contours. Certain areas of the body maintain their shape, no matter your weight or how much you exercise.

Liposuction is a versatile treatment aimed at targeting smaller deposits of fat to sculpt a leaner appearance. However, liposuction does not address loose or hanging skin.

Traditionally, areas treated with liposuction include:

  • Waist and flanks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Chin
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Armpit


Renuvion is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that precisely targets and treats skin, delivering noticeable effects after the first treatment. Using radiofrequency and helium gas to create cold plasma energy, Renuvion tightens the skin by contracting it. The Renuvion device applies this energy underneath the skin, heating collagen and other structures. As Renuvion stimulates collagen, it improves the skin’s overall health and appearance as it tightens for more sculpted contours.

With optimal treatment, full Renuvion results are visible approximately six to nine months after your procedure. Renuvion can also be partnered with body contouring procedures to tighten the skin after surgery, including liposuction.

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a term given to a collection of procedures to create a post-pregnancy or post-weight loss body transformation to improve bodily proportions and enhance the figure. Mommy makeovers are customizable and address the unique needs and aesthetic goals of each patient.

Typically, mommy makeovers include tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast rejuvenation procedures like a breast augmentation to restore lost volume or a breast lift or breast lift with implants to improve the appearance of sagging breasts after weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Good Candidates for After Weight Loss Surgeries

Typically, good candidates for after-weight loss surgeries include patients who are in good overall health and are experiencing loose or sagging skin after having lost weight. They are looking to address this excess skin to improve their health, enhance their appearance, and increase their confidence.

Candidates should also:

  • Be non-smokers, or be willing to quit before beginning treatment
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, including an exercise program and healthy diet
  • Understand the risks of the treatment
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Be prepared to follow instructions closely

During your in-person or virtual consultation, Dr. Hamwi will discuss the procedures that will best help you achieve your aesthetic goals based on your anatomy.

Preparing for Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss in Sarasota, FL

Preparing for any surgery may involve making lifestyle adjustments like modifying your diet to ensure you’re getting enough protein, getting enough rest, or modifying your exercise program.

Dr. Hamwi may suggest you see your primary physician for a full examination to ensure you’re medically healthy. Be sure to discuss any medical conditions you have or medications and supplements you’re taking with Dr. Hamwi before your after-weight loss surgery. You may need to stop taking certain medications or supplements a few weeks before surgery to reduce your risk of bleeding or other complications.

If you currently smoke, vape, or use any nicotine products, you will need to quit at least six weeks before and after surgery as smoking and nicotine greatly impact the body’s ability to heal.

Depending on the extent of your procedures, you may need to arrange for assistance with childcare or other household management for a few weeks during your recovery.

After Weight Loss Surgery—What to Expect on Surgery Day

As each person and weight loss journey is different, patients will have their concerns regarding loose and hanging skin in specific areas of the body. Your body contouring surgeries after weight loss will be customized to address those unique concerns. However, here are some general steps to expect.

On the day of your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Hamwi again to review the details of your procedure, make surgical markings, and answer any final questions you have before beginning your after-weight loss surgery.

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Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Recovery

Typically, Dr. Hamwi can conduct post-weight loss surgeries as an in-office procedure. If not, they may be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to return home on the same day. You will need someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility or our office and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

Following your procedures, your incision sites will be sutured and dressed. You may also be fitted with compression bandages or garments to minimize swelling and support your new contours.

Expect swelling, bruising, tenderness, or numbness in the treated areas. These side effects may take a few weeks to resolve.

Your recovery time will greatly depend on the extent of your procedures. For example, tummy tuck surgeries require more downtime than breast rejuvenation procedures. Most patients can resume light work in one to three weeks; however, it’s important to avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercising, for at least four weeks. During your consultation, Dr. Hamwi will help you determine how long your recovery period will be.

After Weight Loss Surgery Results

Depending on the procedure, some patients may see preliminary results and dramatic improvements to their figures immediately following surgery. However, patients should expect swelling and bruising that may temporarily obscure their results. It may take weeks to months for residual swelling to reside and reveal full aesthetic results.

You’ll experience long-lasting results from your after-weight loss surgeries by maintaining your healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and consistent exercise routine, and thoroughly following all of Dr. Hamwi’s post-operative instructions.

Choosing Dr. Hamwi as Your Sarasota Body Contouring Plastic Surgeon

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important choices you can make to continue your successful journey after weight loss. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi is an expert in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery and has performed thousands of procedures. As such, he understands the importance of being healthy and looking as good as you feel. With dedication to patient safety and outstanding results, Dr. Hamwi is your choice as one of the best plastic surgeons in Sarasota, FL.

Schedule Your After-Weight Loss Surgery Consultation Today!

You’ve done the hard work of losing weight and getting healthy. At Florida Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hamwi can help you restore your figure so that you can look as good as you feel. During your complementary cosmetic consultation, Dr. Hamwi will help you determine the most appropriate body contouring procedures for your anatomy. Offering in-person or virtual consultations in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Hamwi looks forward to helping you start your after-weight loss body contouring journey!

Achieve your ideal figure with a top choice, double-board certified surgeon in Sarasota, FL! Contact Florida Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation at (941) 800-2000,, or complete our online form today.