American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago

Body contouring post 185 pound WL

Hi! I’m 25 years old and I’m the last 2 and a 1/2 years I’ve lost 185 pounds! As a result, I’m now left with extreme amounts of excess sagging skin. One of my complaints is my lower neck/jaw line. I know that being a candidate for a particular procedure varies based on patient need. What are some options to combat loose neck skin post significant weight loss?

Procedure: Body Contouring
Location: Nashville, TN

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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If the neck skin is severely loose, then sometimes a neck lift is indicated.

Jon Ver Halen

Dear Lacey,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Based on your description, you are likely to be an excellent candidate for a surgical neck lift. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

Trent Douglas
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for your question and congratulations on your weight loss! The best place to start is by having an in-person consultation with a board-certified ASPS member surgeon in your area. You can use the Find A Surgeon feature on the ASPS website to help you locate a qualified surgeon. You are absolutely correct in matching the correct procedure with the right patient need. You can partner with your surgeon to develop a treatment plan that is best suited to your individual goals, budget, and timeline. Best wishes on a great result and speedy recovery.

Edward Domanskis

This is my specialty. I am President of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons. Unfortunately, once a person has lost that much weight, and OI congratulate you for doing that, non-surgical options really don't do much and it needs to be cut off. Sometimes, I do do a more limited procedure under a local anesthetic with less of a recovery time. You may want to send photos to to see if you would be a candidate for that. Dr. Edward Domanskis is Certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery

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