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Body Lift Scottsdale

Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss

Congratulations! You’ve done the hard part by losing the weight, and now you’re wondering how to reach your final goal of a new body image. Many people are surprised after losing weight that their bodies don’t look the way they expected. Loose, sagging skin is a common problem for massive weight loss patients, but fortunately, plastic surgery can help you achieve your dreams.

Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. White will take the time to carefully evaluate your situation and help you decide which surgery or surgeries are required to create the shape you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Dr. White performs all surgeries in the state-of-the-art Piper Outpatient Surgical Facility in Scottsdale with highly trained assistants. Some of the more common surgeries used for body contouring after massive weight loss are as follows:

Common Body Contouring Procedures

  • Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – An arm lift will reduce or eliminate excess skin from the upper arms. An incision is made from the elbow to the armpit, so some scarring will be visible. Brachioplasty is usually done under general anesthesia, and initial healing occurs in 10 to 14 days, while bruising gradually disappears over 3 to 4 weeks. Scars will fade in 6 to 24 months, depending upon your skin, but are permanent.
  • Thigh Lift – A thigh lift will reduce or eliminate excess skin from the thighs, producing tighter, more shapely thighs with fewer skin irregularities. The location of scars will vary, depending upon the part of the thigh that needs to be lifted. A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, and recovery will vary depending upon the extent of the surgery. Oral medication may be adequate to control discomfort for smaller thigh lifts, but for larger thigh lifts, skilled nursing may be required. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, and full recovery is usually expected within 4 to 6 months.
  • Buttock Lift – A buttock lift will reduce excess skin from the buttocks and create firmer buttocks with more flattering contours. This surgery will produce upper scars, following the normal body contours. Buttock lifts are performed under general anesthesia, and recovery will vary depending upon the extent of the surgery. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, and full recovery is usually expected within 4 to 6 months.
  • Belt Lipectomy – This is basically a tummy tuck / hip lift / buttock lift all in one for dramatic rejuvenation of the trunk. The scar is identical to a tummy tuck in the front, but goes all the way around the lower trunk. We try to place the scar so that you may wear brief attire if at all possible. The procedure requires general anesthesia and 1 to 2 nights’ overnight stay. Are sutures and drains are usually removed by seven days after surgery and a return to full activity is usually possible by 6 weeks. Final results can take from 6 to 12 months.
  • Lower Body Lift – For the appropriate patient, in addition to the improvements accomplished by the belt lipectomy, we can gain even more dramatic improvement of the thighs with this variant of the belt lipectomy. Recovery is identical to the belt lipectomy.

Complementary Plastic Surgery Procedures

Additional procedures that may enhance the result of body contouring include Liposuction, Breast Enlargement, Breast Lift, or Tummy Tuck.

Occasionally, if the body lift is being performed for medical reasons, the procedure may be partially covered by insurance. Usually, the patient is responsible for payment.

Body Contouring Surgery

The specific risks and the suitability of any body contouring plastic surgery procedure can be determined only during your consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. White. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, but major complications are unusual.

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To Our Valued Patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health. Per directives by the Governor and HonorHealth we will be restarting surgery and several in-office procedures, while following new protocols to decrease the risk of transmission of any illness.

FOR SURGERIES AT THE OUTPATIENT CENTER: All patients MUST be covid negative. The hospital will coordinate the testing which must be done 2 days before your surgery and will be at NO COST to you.

We have decided to begin with our younger, lower risk patients having shorter surgeries for the first couple of weeks. Preops will of course be in person.

FOR CONSULTS AND BOTOX AND IN-OFFICE PROCEDURES: All patients must be screened for exposure to coronavirus (questionnaire) and have no symptoms or fever. We will not be doing any procedures around the mouth for the first few weeks. Patients MUST wear MASKS.

You will see some changes to our office procedures:

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you and our staff safe in our practice! To make an appointment please call 480-614-3535 or visit our website at

Deborah White, MD and staff

Dr. White and Staff