What is Torsoplasty?
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.
"Dr. Katzen and his team have been amazing since the first moment I contacted them. There are too many wonderful things to say about Dr. Katzen to list here! He is a very talented surgeon who genuinely cares for his patients. I am an out of state patient and he would always answer his personal line anytime I called with a question or concern after surgery. I must also mention that he has the BEST physician assistant, Talia. She has been so helpful and, without her assistance, this process would have been beyond stressful! His entire staff are wonderful as well. Dr. Katzen gave me results beyond my expectations and I highly recommend him for post weight loss surgery!"- S.M. / Google / Jul 08, 2022
"Thigh lift and body lift at the same time after losing 150 lbs - After weight loss surgery, I lost 150 pounds. I NEEDED a body lift and thigh lift so badly. Dr. Katzen was able to combine both of those surgeries for me. Because it was a long surgery, I stayed at a recovery center for 2 days. Dr. Katzen came by the recovery center to check on me both days to make sure I was comfortable and doing well. I just love his bedside manner so much. The nurses also took wonderful care of me. My body lift and thigh lift made a massive difference in my body shape. I have gone down 4 to 6 clothing sizes (depending on the brand). I'm in love with my body."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 02, 2022
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"Loving my New Body (Body Lift and Thigh Lift) - I met Dr. Katzen at a weight loss convention. He did a presentation on Plastic Reconstructive Surgery after Weight Loss. He talked about all the common procedures that his weight loss patients have had done, such as body lift, thigh lift, breast aug, arm lift, torsoplasty, facelift, etc...I was so intrigued by him and his skills. He literally transforms bodies so beautifully. At the time, I had just had bariatric surgery. One and a half years later, I went to him for a body lift and thigh lift. He made me a new body that I love so much."- W. / RealSelf / Aug 29, 2022
"I healed really well with excellent results - My sister and I both had gastric bypass surgery a while back. She started her reconstructive surgeries before me. She had a body lift, thigh lift, torsoplasty, arm lift, and breast lift with Dr. Timothy Katzen. I accompanied her to every appointment because I knew one day I would need a surgeon to reconstruct my body as well. I ended up having the same surgeries as my sister. We both healed really well with excellent results. There is no one we would trust our bodies to. Dr. Katzen is beyond amazing at what he does."- C.M. / RealSelf / Sep 29, 2022
Who is a Candidate for TORSOPLASTY?
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.
What to expect during Torsoplasty
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.
how long is recovery after TORSOPLASTY?
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.
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.