If you have recently lost a lot of weight you may be left with excess skin. This sagging skin commonly develops around the face, neck, upper arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, and can make your body appear irregular and misshapen. If you have undergone dramatic weight loss either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, and you are at your optimum weight loss goal, you may be a good candidate for body contouring surgery.
The success of body contouring, whether it is done to reduce, enlarge or lift, is influenced by your age and by the size, shape and skin tone of the area to be treated. Some contouring procedures leave only small, inconspicuous scars. More noticeable scars may result when surgical removal of fat and skin is necessary to achieve your desired result.
Remember no two patients will have exactly the same results. You should realize that to re-contour and shape your body after dramatic weight loss, you will have visible scars, and uneven contours can develop. While the results of body contouring are visible immediately, if you have poor skin elasticity or gain weight, you will have some relapse of the sagging skin. Through recent advances in all types of body contouring surgery, it is now possible for many patients to have a more proportionate body, better body image, and more self confidence. The best way to get answers to your specific questions and to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery is through a personal consultation with Dr. Craig.
A list of the most commonly desired procedures following massive weight loss follows:
After dramatic weight loss, the facial skin can become flaccid, resulting in the cheek pads dropping, and jowls forming, resulting in the loss of a defined jaw line. In addition, the neck is loose and sagging.
A face and neck lift raises the cheek pads, corrects the jowls, and removes the loose and sagging skin. The incisions are inconspicuous. They are placed in front of and behind the ears, and extend into the hair above and behind the ear.
An arm lift, or otherwise known as brachioplasty, can remove the excess skin and fat deposits, leaving the upper arms with a more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Dr. Craig will consult with you about undergoing surgery for an arm lift if you wish to tighten this skin to look and feel more youthful. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. In some instances, Dr. Craig may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.
A breast lift will raise and firm sagging, flat breasts. Some patients also may require breast implants to improve the shape and size. Incisions are placed around the nipple, from the nipple to the crease under the breast, and horizontally along the breast crease.
Medial Thigh Lift
The medial thigh lift will lift and tighten the sagging skin of the inner thigh. Incisions are usually placed in the groin, but frequently will extend down the inner portion of the thigh toward the knee.
A tummy tuck is procedure that helps address excessive or sagging skin around the abdominal region. The procedure is often ideal for recent mothers who’ve had their abdominal walls stretched during pregnancy. It is also combined with other procedures, such as liposuction, in some instances.
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