Cosmetic Surgery Following Weight Loss

People have many options for losing weight - this can happen through diet and exercise or by having surgery such as a gastric band or balloon.

Why have cosmetic surgery following weight loss?

Patients who have successful weight loss surgery often lose a large amount of body fat, sometimes as much as 40% of their initial weight. How your body changes when losing this weight depends on a number of factors, including age, skin condition, how quickly you lose weight and whether you exercise. 

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Losing this much weight can leave excess skin which can lead to low body confidence. If this is the case you may want to consider having body re-shaping surgery or the excess skin removed by a specialist cosmetic surgeon.

At Spire Methley Park Hospital, West Yorkshire, we have expert surgeons who specialise in cosmetic body re-shaping for patients after weight-loss surgery and offer the following procedures:

Breast reduction

A breast reduction reduces the size of your breasts by removing some of your breast tissue. There are various ways to do this, but typically the excess breast tissue is removed through incisions on the lower part of the breasts and the nipples are moved to suit the new shape. The skin is re-shaped and the cuts are closed with stitches. 

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Breast uplift (Mastopexy)

A mastopexy (breast uplift) is used to lift breasts that may have sagged and lost their shape. A breast uplift raises and reshapes your breasts by removing excess skin from underneath your breast and around the areola, the dark area of skin around your nipple. The skin and tissue of the breast is tightened and your nipple is moved to a higher position to give a more youthful and firm appearance.

The procedure may need implants as well, and this is best completed in two stages for the safety of the patient. It can often need a secondary adjustment with time and gravity.

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Face lift 

A facelift is an operation to lift up the facial skin and underlying muscles, so that your face has a tighter and smoother appearance. It can provide you with a more youthful appearance. A neck lift does the same thing but to the neck area. These can be used following weight loss to remove sagging skin and to tighten the muscles and skin. 

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Neck Lift

A Neck Lift involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue, leaving the skin around the area of the neck and jaw smoother and more defined. If you lose a lot of weight you may be left with excess skin under the chin and around the neck area. Cosmetic surgery to the neck can lift and improve the appearance of the skin, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed look. 

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Liposuction reshapes the body by permanently removing fatty deposits. It is good for removing stubborn fat that is difficult to shift through diet or exercise as it often occurs on the tummy, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and chin. For patients who have lost a large amount of weight liposuction is more effective when used with skin reducing procedures.

For more information about liposuction surgery, please click here.          


Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty is an operation to remove excess fat and skin from your abdominal (tummy) area and tighten the tummy muscles. The aim is to produce a tighter, flatter stomach. The procedure should not be considered as a way to lose weight. It is better to have a tummy tuck after you have achieved your target weight. The result can be very dependent on the starting position. The scars from an abdominoplasty run from hip to hip.

There are different types of abdominoplasty including a fleur de lys abdominoplasty (the scars for this run across the hips and up the centre of the sternum), it is best to speak to your consultant about which procedure will be best for you.

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Thigh reduction

A thigh reduction removes excess skin from the thigh and can have impressive results, but does have a vertical scar from the knee to the perineum 

The procedure leaves a well concealed scar – but, as for brachioplasty, the quality of the scar is not predictable, it all depends on the individual. In the case of patients with severe excess leg skin, there is no other choice for the patient.

Lower body lift (Thigh and Buttock lift)

If you have been left with loose or baggy skin around your bottom and thighs after losing a large amount of weight, a thigh and/or buttock lift (a lower body lift) could help to give you a smoother, more trim looking figure. 

Excess skin and fat are removed through incisions on the thigh and/or buttocks. For an inner thigh lift the incisions will be up the inner thigh. For outer thigh and buttock lifts cuts may be made just above the buttocks. It is better to have a buttock or thigh lift after you have achieved your target weight.

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The timing of cosmetic surgery following weight loss

Ideally patients who would like cosmetic surgery following large weight loss should wait until they have reached their target weight. However if a patient had lost a lot of fat from one area in particular and has significant excess skin this may be a reason to have cosmetic surgery earlier.

A weight loss patient would also need to be biochemically stable and be psychologically and emotionally prepared for further surgery. Patients also may need to understand that they may have to have a two stage procedure but the consultant would discuss this with them during consultation.

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At Spire Methley Park Hospital we have the following experienced surgeons who perform body re-shaping cosmetic surgery.

Mr Oliver Fenton
Mr Alan Phipps
Mr George Spyrou
Miss Orla Austin

If you are interested in coming to see a consultant you can book a full 40 minute consultation with any of the consultants. To do this please call Helen Jukes on 01977 664210 or email

We also offer cosmetic surgery open evenings, these give you an opportunity to see a presentation on different forms of surgery with before and after images and have a free 10 minute mini consultation* with the consultant presenting on the night. More details of these can be found on our events page.

*Mini consultations are a chance to ask the consultant questions, no notes are taken or examination conducted. A full consultation would be required prior to surgery.

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