Post-Bariatric Sculpting

Whether weight loss was accomplished through strict dieting and exercise or by undergoing bariatric surgeries (lap band or gastric bypass), patients deserve to look and feel their best after making such a significant commitment to their health. Our post-bariatric body contouring in Denver can address hanging skin in the arms, thighs, belly, groin, and back, sculpting a slimmer, more streamlined physique.

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Why Choose The LaVie Institute of Plastic Surgery?

At The LaVie Institute, we understand the frustration and disappointment clients may experience when their weight loss journey has not yielded the desired results. Our compassionate board-certified plastic surgeons offer personalized attention in a world-class practice setting where each individual receives comprehensive care and a unique solution for their aesthetic concerns. 

We strive to exceed expectations by practicing active listening and empowering patients with the knowledge, education, and insight they require to make the best decisions for their ultimate well-being and happiness. 

What is Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

Body contouring after weight loss is not a single treatment but a series of procedures to remove the skin left behind after shedding the pounds. A combination of excision and liposuction can be used to reshape the torso, providing the patient with a better fit in clothing, enhanced self-confidence, and an overall elevated quality of life. 

Procedures for contouring the lower body include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, and panniculectomy, while treatments for sculpting the upper body include arm lift, breast reduction, breast lift, and gynecomastia treatment for men. Regardless of the treatment combination you choose, we are committing to helping you regain a positive self-image.

Contouring Procedures For the Lower Body


Abdominoplasty is designed to trim excess skin folds, tighten lax muscles, and reposition the navel in a more youthful-looking location. In some cases, a Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty (vertical abdominoplasty) can be performed to tackle excess skin in the upper belly, providing more comprehensive body sculpting results.

Circumferential Body Lift

A circumferential body lift removes excess skin from all angles using a single incision that encircles the torso. The procedure can address skin ptosis in the stomach, flanks (love handles), buttocks, lower back, and lateral thighs. This procedure can be well-paired with thighplasty.

Thigh Lift

Our surgeons can perform a medial thigh lift to address skin and fatty tissue on the inner thighs, or a lateral thigh lift to remove loose skin and bulges from the outer thighs. The surgery is often combined with liposuction to achieve a slimmer, more sculpted upper leg aesthetic.


Excess loose skin and adipose (fatty tissue) that hangs down over the groin (causing irritation, chafing, and discomfort) is referred to as a pannus. A panniculectomy is a procedure to address this issue and restore proper hygiene along with ease of motion. Because a panniculectomy may be medically necessary, some insurance carriers will cover a portion of the costs.

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Contouring Procedures for the Upper Body

Arm Lift

An arm lift can remove the hanging skin that obscures the silhouette and causes self-consciousness when wearing sleeveless clothing. Excision is often paired with liposuction to provide patients with a more youthful, inviting upper arm profile. 

Breast Lift

A breast lift can be performed alone or in tandem with breast augmentation or breast reduction to combat sagging skin and reposition the nipples in a more flattering, upward-facing location. During surgery, redundant skin folds are trimmed while the surrounding tissue is tightened.

Breast Reduction

For women struggling with oversized, pendulous breasts, discomfort can be a way of life. Patients may suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain, chafing and irritation beneath the bra straps, and an overall feeling of fatigue. Breast reduction contours the chest, restoring balance and youthfulness.

Gynecomastia Treatment for Men

For male patients, enlarged glandular tissue in the chest can result in an overly feminine-looking physique. Men with gynecomastia may feel self-conscious when participating in sports, and may have trouble finding clothes that fit. Gynecomastia treatment restores a sculpted, masculinue-looking physique.

Am I A Candidate For Body Contouring?

During your private consultation for body contouring in Denver, we will consider a wide variety of factors, including your age, amount of weight lost, genetics, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals before curating your individualized treatment plan. 

You may be an ideal candidate if…

  • You have excess hanging skin in the belly, flanks, back, thighs, arms, or chest
  • You are a mentally and physically healthy non-smoker
  • You have realistic expectations for your results

After the Procedure

Recovery will vary from patient to patient, as each client’s treatment plan is totally unique. However, most clients can expect swelling, soreness, and bruising after surgery. You will be able to resume normal activities within a week or two, but exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed for 4-6 weeks, or as recommended by your surgeon.

Improvements from body contouring after weight loss can be noticed immediately and will continue to evolve over time as swelling dies down. You will experience a slimmer, more sculpted and attractive figure, an optimized fit in your favorite outfits, and a significant boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

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I could not have asked for a better experience from Dr. Pulikkottil and his entire team. They provided the best care and comfort at one of the scariest times of my life and the results of my treatment are phenomenal.


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