• Time: 2-3 Hours
  • General Anesthesia


  • Ambulate the night of surgery
  • Shower 2 days after surgery 
  • 7 to 10 days off work


  • 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming


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Obesity is an epidemic issue.  More and more people start to understand the association between obesity and health problems like hypertension and diabetes. Because few people were able to lose the weight through only diet and exercise, massive weight loss procedures are now becoming more acceptable and popular in the obese population.  Procedures like gastric banding and gastric bypass result in massive weight loss in a short amount of time.

Massive weight loss is defined as losing more than 100 lb (~45 kg) or more than 100% above individual’s ideal body weight.  Due to the rapid weight loss in fat, they end up with a large amount of excess skin. The excess skin hangs over the abdomen, arms, thighs, and in older patients, face.  My patients often complain of the annoyance and discomfort of the excess skin when they wear belt and tighter fitting cloth. They also have difficulty finding fitting clothes.  In areas or seasons where humidity is high, skin breakdown or rashes develop  underneath the excess skin folds.  Thus the problems after massive weight loss are both cosmetic and functional.



Massive weight loss procedures are mostly body contouring in nature.  The most common areas that need to be addressed are the droopy inner thighs, inner arms, breasts, and excess skin in the lower abdomen.  In older patients, facelift and necklift procedures are needed to remove all the excess skin in the face.  Breasts are deflated so augmentation with lifting is often required at the same time.  The skin quality and nutritional status are usually poor so techniques used have to address the risk of recurrence and incision dehiscence.  There exist a special set of procedures, which are variations of the regular plastic surgery principles, to deal with these massive weight loss deformities.

SURGical approacheS


Breast Lift and Breast Lift/Augmentation


Facelift and Necklift


Arm Lift and Thigh Lift


Case Studies



SH, 30 year old female, middle eastern, fashion business, New York, USA

"Your professional yet down to earth personality makes you so unique and genuine. You always make time for me in your busy schedule and I so appreciate it. I was extremely happy with my results that I went back for more contouring. You made me feel so comfortable and walked me through it all. The fact that you were so attentive made my journey with surgery very pleasant. I would do it all again with your support. I am very grateful for everything you and the staff did for me and it will always be  treasured."


AT, 33 year old female, caucasian, New York, USA

"Dr. Lao,

It has been nearly 4 months since my Tummy Tuck procedure with you and I’ve never felt (or looked) better! I wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me, I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve looked in the mirror and actually liked what I saw. Having lost over 130 pounds, my journey now feels complete.
You put my mind at ease about the surgery from the minute I met you. From the consultation to the surgery and even months later, I knew I was in good hands. You always gave me your time in describing every part of the journey and everything happened exactly how you said it would. You were always very responsive to any questions or concerns that I had.
I cannot thank you enough for the professionalism and warmth you and your staff have displayed to me. Your personal service, attention and follow up made me so glad I chose you as my surgeon. I cannot imagine having any other surgeon perform my procedure and I will highly recommend everyone to you."


CG, 28 year old female, Caucasian, New Year, USA

“I had a circumferential body lift done by Dr. Lao and it was nothing short of an experience. A truly amazing life changing experience. I had been going to consults with different doctors for a long time and as soon as I met with Dr. Lao I knew he was perfect for me.  He listened to what I was saying and understanding my feelings of how uncomfortable I was and for me what was most important, I wasn’t just another surgery for  him he was so excited to help me and change my life.  There’s some people in your life that even through short meetings they change your life forever and Dr. Lao is one of those people for me.”