Torsoplasty, which is a specific type of body lift, uses a combination of surgical procedures to address loose, excess skin of the torso. The procedure involves skin removal, and/or liposuction and is commonly performed following a large amount of weight loss. The primary goal of torsoplasty is to boost self-confidence and improve the appearance of the midsection. Dr. Timothy Katzen, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has extensive experience with procedures, such as torsoplasty, and looks forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to learn more.
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin. About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with. On September 9, 2013 I had a 360 Body Lift and staged liposuction of the thighs, which removed a whooping total of 50lbs! Dr.Katzen was patient with me and answered any and all questions that I had. I had such an amazing experience with him. It has been a huge honor and I can not imagine finishing up my journey with anyone else than Dr. J. Timothy Katzen (I plan to still do a medial thigh lift, arms, breasts, and torsoplasty)!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2014
"In October 2016, after losing 220 pounds after weight loss surgery in 2011, I decided it was time to lose all of the excess skin that remained around my waist, chest and back. I met Dr Katzen at an Obesity Help conference. I instantly knew he was the one. He was very attentive and understanding. I had a 360 body lift in January 2017 the I had my chest and back done in May 2017. I was amazed that the recovery wasn't difficult and I was blessed not to have had any complications. I followed the doctor's orders and did well. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I highly recommend Dr Katzen. He is amazing."- K.S. / Yelp / Aug 22, 2018
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin.About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with.I have had multiple surgeries with Dr.Katzen that was staged into 3 different surgeries. I had a 360 body lift with staged liposuction of the medial thighs. An arm lift with a horizontal torsoplasty and the final surgery was a medial thigh lift. Dr.Katzen had amazing bedside manner and was very patient with me throughout the entire journey."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 22, 2015
"Experienced Body Dysmorphia after weight loss surgery - After weight loss surgery, I experience a bad case of body dysmorphia. All my excess skin messed with my mind and got me feeling down all the time. I am 45 years old, but my wrinkly skin looked like I was 95. My co-worker went through pretty much the same thing I did and highly recommended Dr. Katzen for skin removal surgery. I had a body lift and medial thigh lift. My next stage this summer will be the arm lift and breast work. So far, I am very happy with what I see. I cannot wait to finish with skin removal this summer so I can feel "complete" and "new"."- J.H. / RealSelf / Jan 18, 2020
"A Long Time Patient of Dr. Timothy Katzen - I am a long time patient of Dr. Timothy Katzen. After my gastric bypass procedure, I went to him for a full body transformation. I had the circumferential body lift, liposuction, breast aug and lift, vertical torsoplasty, arm lift, and thigh lift. Recently I returned to Dr. Katzen to have my upper and lower eyelids done. I am super impressed with all he has done for me. Forever grateful!!!!!"- N.L. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
Candidates who benefit the most from torsoplasty are those who have experienced significant weight loss but have been left with excess skin that hangs loosely around the torso. In some cases, stubborn pockets of fat remain that can be removed using liposuction to help you achieve your desired shape. Dr. Katzen will use his extensive experience and skills as a weight loss surgery specialist to determine the right treatment plan for you and the procedures that should be combined for the best potential result. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills offers many skin removal surgeries, and if the torsoplasty is not right for you, Dr. Katzen will help you understand your other surgical options.
Before your surgery is scheduled, Dr. Katzen will complete a full assessment and discuss your desired aesthetic goals. If the torsoplasty is determined to be the best option for you, Dr. Katzen will create your treatment plan by discussing the combination of procedures he believes will best serve you. Some patients need skin removal while others will need fat pockets around the abdomen and sides removed. In some cases, your procedures can be performed on the same day while other individuals may need 2 – 3 surgeries over a period of time. Dr. Katzen commonly performs one of two types of torsoplasty techniques, explained below:
Vertical torsoplasty – During this surgery, an incision is made from the armpit to the top of the hipbone. Through this incision, skin and fat are removed and repositioned, then drains are placed before closing the wound. The primary benefit of this technique is that the scars can be hidden when your arms are at your sides. With this procedure, Dr. Katzen can often create an hourglass figure. The procedure takes approximately 2 – 4 hours.
Horizontal torsoplasty – During a horizontal torsoplasty, an incision is made across your back and fat and tissue are pulled upwards. Drains are placed before the incision is closed. The primary benefit of this procedure is that more skin can be removed than with the vertical technique; however, the scars on the back could be considered a disadvantage to some.
What to Expect
Torsoplasties are performed as outpatient procedures while the patient is under general anesthesia, administered by a licensed anesthesiologist. Surgical drains will need to remain in place for around ten days before being removed. Most patients are able to return to work around two weeks, but this varies among patients. Dr. Katzen and members of his team will explain in detail how best to care for yourself and your incisions following your procedure. It is important to allow yourself ample time to heal and recover. Your results will be well worth the time spent resting and recovering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I have a tummy tuck or torsoplasty?
During the tummy tuck surgery, patients' abdominal muscles are tightened to repair separations that can occur during pregnancy or weight loss. A torsoplasty focuses on removing excess fat and skin from the sides, torso/midsection, and back. The torsoplasty does not alter the structure of the abdominal muscles. Dr. Katzen performs both body contouring procedures and can help you determine which one is right for you during your consultation.
How much does torsoplasty cost?
Because these surgeries are customized to the specific needs and body type of each individual patient, the cost of the procedure varies from one patient to the next. During your consultation and after your custom treatment plan is created, a member of Dr. Katzen's team can discuss the cost of the surgery with you and may be able to help you apply for medical financing.
What if I gain or lose weight after my surgery?
Individuals who are considering torsoplasty, or any other skin removal surgery, should be at a stable weight for 3 months. Small weight fluctuations in either direction will not affect the results of the procedure. However, large weight gains or losses can alter your newly achieved contours and should be avoided. Speak with Dr. Katzen about your current weight during your consultation to determine when your surgery should be scheduled.
Learn More About Torsoplasty
At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, we are proud to offer a comprehensive library of specialized surgeries that help our patients achieve their unique aesthetic goals. A torsoplasty is an excellent option for patients who are ready to take the last step toward their goal appearance by removing excess skin and fat from their torso. To learn more about the benefits of this and our many other body contouring procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen.