Torsoplasty in Beverly Hills, CA

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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 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.

What Are the Benefits of a Torsoplasty?

Torsoplasty surgery can be a life-changing step for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. Primary benefits of torsoplasty surgery in Beverly Hills include:

  • Addresses excess skin on the front, sides, and back of the torso
  • Can remove hanging skin, folds, and rolls
  • Can be paired with liposuction to address stubborn pockets of fat
  • Helps to create smoother lines and contours
  • May be used to create an hourglass shape

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. 

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.

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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

One of the most gentle surgeons I've ever met - I had gastric bypass about a year and a half ago. After the procedure, I was left with an abundant amount of extra fat and skin. I may had lost weight, however I still looked flabby. I did some research on plastic surgeons to find a professional and qualified surgeon to remove all of that extra fat and skin from my abdomen. After weeks of research, I found Dr. Katzen on the website. I made an appointment to have a consultation with him. The minute I met him, I instantly knew that he would take care of me and tend to my needs. After the consult, we came to the conclusion that I needed a 360 body lift. During the entire process, his bedside manner was never a question. He was one of the most gentle surgeons I've ever met. I was extremely pleased with the work that he did on me. I will be forever grateful to him. Thank you Dr. Katzen!

K. RealSelf

Thrilled with my flat belly after years of carrying around the excess skin from a massive weight loss - Dr. Katzen and his team are absolutely wonderful. I had a 360 body lift and breast reduction four months ago and Dr. Katzen was super attentive during the entire healing process. I’m thrilled with my flat belly after years of carrying around the excess skin from a massive weight loss. Thank you, Dr. Katzen and team!

E. RealSelf

A miracle worker - I look like an improved version of myself - If I could give 10 stars I would. Dr. Katzen is by far the best doctor I've ever encountered. His bedside manner is impeccable and he never made me feel rushed in my appointments with him, answering every question I had. I came to him to finish my weight loss transformation after losing 150 lbs resulting in a lot of excess skin. I had 2 rounds of surgery combining several procedures together; round 1 was lower body lift with muscle repair, neck lipo, and medial thigh lift and round 2 was arm lift with horizontal back lift, breast lift, and augmentation. It was a lot and recovery was intense but Katzen and his staff always made sure that I was well taken care of and supported every step of the way. My results are beyond anything I ever imagined Dr. Katzen truly is an artist but most importantly he didn't try to sell me on procedures I didn't need and he tailored my surgeries for the best results so I look like an improved version of myself and not lot a plastic doll off the assembly lot. I'm so grateful to Dr. Katzen and his amazing staff.

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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.

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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. 

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.

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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.