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Massive Weight Loss (Bariatric)
With the recent popularity of Bariatric surgery, many patients have successfully lost tremendous amounts of weight, but are still left with excess skin that can not only be unsightly, but may be prone to rashes and infections. Our surgeons are experts in body-sculpting after weight loss surgery and perform procedures such as body lifting, thigh lifting, arm lifting, tummy tucks and breast lifts for our patients. Below are brief descriptions of some of these procedures.
Sagging Skin After Weight Loss
When a person is morbidly obese, his or her skin naturally stretches to accommodate the extra fat. When skin is stretched to its extreme in this manner, it becomes damaged. Overstretched skin loses its elasticity, which is what allows it to maintain its tone and tightness. Thus, when a person loses a massive amount of weight, the damaged skin does not conform to the new shape of the person's body. This can result in significant amounts of sagging skin after weight loss. In addition to cosmetic problems, folds of sagging skin can be a health issue, causing rashes and infections to develop. Nothing can restore the skin's elasticity, so, in order to tighten sagging skin after weight loss, post-bariatric body contouring surgery will likely be necessary.
We sometimes see a patient that needs help enhancing more than one area of the body. This is often the case for women following multiple childbirths or for bariatric surgery patients who have undergone extreme weight loss. In these situations, a body lift is often the preferred option among our patients. Women seeking a body lift have usually been through childbirth and breastfeeding and are finding it difficult to get their breasts and abdomens back into the shape they were in before pregnancy. Patients of successful weight loss, meanwhile, usually seek out a body lift at our Clinic looking to eliminate folds of loose, sagging skin on legs, arms, neck and torso.
Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Weight fluctuations and the process of aging can both cause skin to slowly lose its elasticity. As a result, many people find themselves with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone successful weight loss. An upper arm lift can restore a shapely appearance to the arms by removing and tightening excess skin. We often combine liposuction with incisions placed along the inside of the underarm or within the armpit to minimize scarring. If you would like to learn more about an upper arm lift, please contact our Surgeon today.
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)
As in the case of the upper arms, the thighs are also an area of the body vulnerable to weight fluctuation and loss of skin elasticity. A thigh lift is commonly performed on people who have succeeded with massive weight loss to tighten up loose folds of skin on the upper legs. The procedure, however, can be performed on anyone who would like to have trimmer, more toned thighs and has tried without success to accomplish this through diet and exercise. During a thigh lift, the surgeon removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissue. At our Clinic, we often combine this procedure with liposuction, depending on the circumstances. To find out if a thigh lift might be the right procedure for you, please contact Us today.
After bariatric surgery, skin can gather in a dewlap that hangs from the front of the neck, causing jowls and the dreaded "double chin." Neck lift surgery can effectively tighten sagging skin, and give your neck a slimmer, shapelier contour. Incisions are generally placed inconspicuously behind the ears; some skin is removed and the remainder is lifted up and secured into the new location with stitches, which come out after a week to ten days.