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Body Contouring After Weight Loss New York City



William Lao, MD on 5th Avenue in NYC, specializes in body contouring after massive weight loss. Massive weight loss procedures are some of the most challenging procedures in plastic surgery due to the poor skin quality, increase in post-op complications, and the poor nutritional status of the individual.

The surgery is one of Dr. Lao’s favorites, as the results for his New York body contouring patients are drastic. Your procedure will be performed by Dr. Lao in his Manhattan office.

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What is Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring?

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 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 an 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, the face. My patients often complain of the annoyance and discomfort of the excess skin when they wear belts 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.

Who are the Best Candidates for Body Contouring?

The best candidates are patients who have just had a massive weight loss either due to a procedure or diet and exercise. Patients should be in good overall health, close to their ideal weight, and not smoke cigarettes.

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What are the Benefits of Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

Dr. William Lao is a top plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring after massive weight loss surgery in NYC. Below, we’ve included some of the benefits of the surgery:

  • Gain self-confidence in your slimmer appearance with surgery

  • Save money by combining surgeries

  • You’ll fit better in the clothes you desire to wear

  • You’ll generally be more comfortable, as you’ll have less extra skin weighing you down

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting body contouring after a massive weight loss in NYC with Dr. Lao is to book a consultation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lao will want to evaluate your body, understand your weight loss measures, and answer your questions. During your consultation, be very open and honest with your questions and goals.

Remember, we’re all on the same team—of helping you achieve your dream body—and honesty is vital! If you and Dr. Lao both feel that body contouring is the best solution for your needs, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions.

What to Expect on the Day of Body Contouring

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 neck lift procedures are needed to remove all the excess skin on 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.

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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

Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring Recovery

The recovery period will very much depend on the extent of the surgery performed. You’ll definitely be sidelined for 1-2 weeks and will likely have to refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous workouts for a period of time. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Lao will monitor your recovery and instruct you on when it’s safe to return to your day-to-day activities. You will be able to rest and recover at home and should make sure you have adequate help on standby. Following surgery is a great time to call in a favor or have a loved one there to help. Pain medication will be prescribed to help reduce any discomfort. The medication should only be taken as prescribed.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, New Beauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

How Much Does Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Cost?

The price of a Body Contouring in New York City can vary. As an experienced Body Contouring surgeon, Dr. Lao will meet with you in his NYC office to discuss all options and pricing to help you gain the best shape for you.


How long until I see results?

The results of body contouring will be immediate. However, you will have swelling from the surgery, so the best results will be seen a few weeks after surgery when the swelling has subsided.

Can I combine Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring with other procedures?

Body contouring after weight loss usually combines a few surgical procedures. Many patients receive a tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, liposuction, and/ or neck lift.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation for body contouring following weight loss in NYC with Dr. Willian Lao, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting with you in our 5th Avenue suite to discuss how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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Real patient after facelift photo


before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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