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Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss


Following the success of massive weight loss, many people struggle with the effects of excess skin that has failed to shrink and form to their new body shape. Body contouring after weight loss is a combination of procedures designed to permanently remove the presence of this excess skin and tissue.

At his Northern Mississippi practice, Dr. Dan Shell is proud to offer body contouring procedures to men and women who have undergone massive weight loss. Through body contouring, Dr. Shell can successfully address a combination of localized, stubborn fat deposits and loose excess skin.


Patients seeking body contouring after weight loss should be physically and emotionally healthy with realistic expectations. Body contouring can specifically address the following areas:

  • Arms
  • Back
  • Chin or neck
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Legs

Body contouring after weight loss may not be for everyone. Following an examination of your current health, current medications and cosmetic goals, Dr. Shell will be able to determine if and what type of body contouring procedures are right for you.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with body contouring after weight loss:

  • What does body contouring involve?

    Body contouring typically involves multiple procedures, which are performed in several stages. Dr. Shell offers several body contouring procedures:

    • Liposuction is capable of removing localized fat deposits from multiple areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.
    • Tummy Tuck surgery is designed to slim down the abdomen and reshape stretched muscles.
    • Arm Lift surgery can reduce excess skin and fat on the upper arms.
  • What can I expect during recovery?

    The recovery required will depend on the extent of your surgery. Most body contouring patients require a few weeks to reach a full recovery. Mobility may be limited during this time, and you may be required to wear compression garments to minimize swelling and promote healing. Dr. Shell will provide you with medication to manage any discomfort you may be feeling.

  • Is body contouring covered by insurance?

    Because the nature of this body contouring surgery is cosmetic, it will not be covered by insurance. We do offer financing through Prosper Healthcare Lending and CareCredit to help make it easier to pay for the surgeries you desire.

  • Are the results permanent?

    The results of your body contouring procedures will be more or less permanent. Significant fluctuations in weight, as well as the natural aging process, can impact results long term. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program will significantly increase the likelihood of long-lasting results.

  • Are there any risks associated with body contouring?

    All surgeries have inherent risks. Dr. Shell and his staff will be available discuss all of these risks in depth with you prior to your procedure. Possible side effects of body contouring procedures may include infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, excessive scarring or unmet expectations.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for body contouring?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. He uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Are you interested in learning more about body contouring after weight loss in North Mississippi? Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with an office in Oxford, MS. Please email our North Mississippi plastic surgery office or call 662-236-6465 today to set up a consultation for body contouring after weight loss.