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How Much Weight Should You Lose Before Body Contouring Surgery?

weight loss before body contouring

weight loss before body contouring

Many patients believe they must already be at their ideal weight before they seek procedures to slim and refine their figures. However, this isn’t always the case. Treatments are available to kick-start your weight loss initiatives, as well as to firm and tighten tissue after you’ve achieved your goal weight. Whether you’ve lost five pounds or 50, there is a cosmetic therapy available to boost your confidence.
Consider the following options for any point in your road to health and wellness.

Body contouring for patients who are new to their journeys and are just starting to lose weight (zero
pounds of weight loss and up)

The following body contouring procedures can be applied any time during your weight loss journey to hone and refine your body shape. Many patients choose these procedures to motivate them in their weight loss goals and to reshape curves. While the treatments below aren’t intended specifically for shedding excess weight, they can help by reducing fat deposits in problems areas, so that when you achieve your health goals, you see the lean and toned shape you want – with a defined waist, smooth hips, and shapely legs.


CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses intense cold to freeze fat cells. When frozen, fat cells are destroyed, and the body harmlessly passes them out of the system. CoolSculpting can be used in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Coolsculpting can be applied to patients of any weight to refine their shape. As this procedure is non-surgical, there is no medical need to be at a certain weight to qualify or benefit from this procedure.


On the other side of the coin from CoolSculpting, there is liposuction. This is a minimally invasive procedure that suctions away fat with the use of a thin tube inserted into narrow incisions. Patients should be medically healthy to undergo liposuction but do not have to be at a specific weight. Patients often choose surgical fat removal to help them feel more confident in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and in maintaining their results from body contouring. Liposuction can remove more excess fat than CoolSculpting and may be recommended for patients who want more dramatic results.


Some individuals find they have pockets of fat underneath their chin that take away from their overall appearance. Kybella® is a non-surgical option for treating a double chin. Injected are placed at the tissue under the chin area to harmlessly dissolve fat cells in just a few sessions, restoring the contours of the neck and chin. As this procedure involves simple injections, patients of all sizes can benefit from Kybella® to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

Treatments for patients who have achieved their weight loss goals or who are very close – whether
that’s a loss of five pounds or 50


If your main concern is loose skin after weight loss, a minimally invasive ThermiTight treatment could be a good option. ThermiTight involves a probe that is inserted under the skin and utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat subdermal tissues. This not only produces skin-tightening effects but stimulates new collagen growth, so patients see an ongoing rejuvenation in the area where it is used. This treatment can be paired with other minimally-invasive or non-surgical procedures to minimize remaining pockets
of fat while toning the skin.

Futura Fit

For full body rejuvenation after weight loss, patients can consider the Futura Fit system. This treatment combines electrical stimulation with ultrasound technology to strengthen muscles, reduce fat, and increase definition throughout the body. With zero downtime, this is a popular body contouring treatment for those who have multiple areas of concern on their bodies. Futura Fit is recommended for patients who are near to their weight loss goals, so muscle tone is more easily visible, and results meet patients’ expectations.


A non-invasive treatment, the ZWavePro can address mild to moderate cellulite, sagging skin, and stretch marks—all common after weight loss. With no downtime, the ZWavePro can achieve comprehensive and quick results. If you have reached your goal weight and would like to see better skin tone and, ZWavePro can meet your needs.

Maintaining your Body Contouring Results

Weight loss can change your entire life. In addition to decreasing the risk of multiple chronic health conditions and diseases, extreme weight loss can also improve your energy, boost your self-confidence, and open the door to new activities and an active lifestyle you never dreamed possible. Body contouring surgery with any of the treatments above is usually suggested for patients who have kept their weight stable for at least six months. This gives their bodies time to adjust to the new weight and for any natural skin tightening to occur. If you’d like to meet with a knowledgeable professional at Aria before you have achieved your goal weight, we will be happy to consult with you and give you more information on what treatments are available and when in your weight loss journey you should pursue them.

Your Consultation with Aria DermSpa

Weight loss is a big achievement that will have numerous positive effects on your life. When you schedule a body contouring consultation with Aria DermSpa, you can take your results to the next level and enjoy your new shape even more. All consultations for body contouring are done by Dr. Donofrio to ensure that the right procedure is recommended. Schedule your consultation today to see if body contouring is right for you!