Reaching a weight loss goal is a huge step towards a healthier, happier, and more energetic life. However, when the skin loses its elasticity after being stretched for a long period of time, it often does not “shrink” to the new smaller figure. Body contouring surgery after weight loss at our West Des Moines, IA, plastic surgery practice helps people from Ankeny, Ames, Davenport, and beyond gain a sense of healing and confidence.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Carlisle is known throughout the region for his expertise in treating people who have lost a significant amount of weight. He enjoys celebrating and partnering with people who are completing their weight loss journeys by investing in themselves.

Arm Lift

An arm lift (brachioplasty) removes sagging upper arm skin with an incision from the armpit to the elbow. If you consciously avoid showing your upper arms because of the loose skin, an arm lift could be helpful. This is one of the most common procedures Dr. Carlisle performs after significant weight loss.

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Breast Lift

Weight loss often causes women to lose breast volume. A breast lift addresses sagging or deflated breasts by lifting them to a higher, perkier position and reshaping the areolas.

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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck tightens excess skin on the abdomen to create a firmer, more contoured midsection. Variations range from a mini tummy tuck, which only tightens skin below the bellybutton, to an extended tummy tuck, which extends to the flanks.

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Meet Our Providers

At Koch & Carlisle, we have assembled a team of three highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons—two for the face and one for the breast and body. The result: exceptional plastic surgery results from head to toe for the West Des Moines, IA, area.

Back Lift

Loose back skin is a common concern for people who have experienced significant weight loss. A back lift tightens this to eliminate rolls of excess skin on the back, often in combination with liposuction to create an even smoother and more sculpted appearance.


A monsplasty, also known as a pubic lift, tightens the skin below the abdomen and above the genitals. Because this area is typically padded with a layer of fat, weight loss can lead to drooping skin in the area. Many people choose to combine monsplasty with a tummy tuck, as both procedures can typically be performed through the same incision. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 36 are not candidates for monsplasty or panniculectomy surgery.

Buttock Lift

A buttock lift tightens loose or sagging skin on the buttocks to give the area a firmer and more youthful look. If you are looking to create a rounded, perky bottom, you may be interested in a Brazilian butt lift, which transfers fat from another area of the body into the buttocks.

Thigh Lift

Good thigh lift candidates have excess and loose skin along the inner thighs. The procedure removes excess skin and fat to contour the inner thigh area. Liposuction can also be performed on the outer thigh at the same time.

How Much Does Surgery After Weight Loss Cost?

The price of post-weight loss plastic surgery varies from person to person, depending on the procedures included. We will provide you with a personalized estimate at the time of your consultation.

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Your Consultation

If you would like to discuss your body lift options with Dr. Carlisle, please request a consultation online or call (515) 277-5555. Our West Des Moines office welcomes people interested in post-weight loss plastic surgery from Ankeny, Urbandale, Davenport, and throughout Iowa.

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