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Congratulations! You have worked long and hard to shed those excess pounds and have achieved your desired weight or are on your way to doing so. If you have achieved significant or substantial weight loss, your skin may not have enough elasticity to shrink back. When this is the case, your result can be disappointing and not what you had hoped for after this long journey.

Most people on a weight loss journey want a slim, firm, toned body that they can be proud of, but because of sagging, excess folds of skin, most patients are still wearing long sleeves and loose tops, and the fact that they are now down to a reasonable, normal size can be very disappointing.

The good news is that there are several cosmetic surgery procedures that can tighten and remove excess skin to improve your appearance and help you achieve the firm, fit look you imagined.

For further information about weight loss surgery in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Gilbert, click below to schedule a consultation to meet with one of our highly-esteemed, board-certified plastic surgeons here at Arizona Aesthetic Associates.*

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.

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What areas of the body can be tightened with skin removal cosmetic surgery?

The short answer is that any area that has extra skin can be shaped and toned with skin removal cosmetic surgery:

  • Abdomen
  • Tummy
  • Arms
  • Face
  • Breast
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs

What are the procedures for the different areas of the body?

There are a variety of different types of procedures that are done with surgery after weight loss:

  • Arm lift: As the name implies, these procedures involve the removal of excess, sagging skin, as well as lifting and tightening the remaining tissue.
  • Breast lift: Your breast tissue may now sag and droop and can be resculpted, lifted, and enhanced to appear natural, fresh, and perky.

Note that none of these procedures were designed to remove excess fatty tissue; this is accomplished with the addition of liposuction, which may be appropriate to achieve the optimal size and contour for any part of the body.

When you come in for a consultation for skin removal after weight loss in Scottsdale, your surgeon will discuss your custom treatment plan. In most cases, the incisions will be hidden in areas that make them virtually invisible, even in more revealing clothing styles.

Body Contouring Procedures

You will have a customized treatment plan to address all your areas of concern. The procedures may include the following:

Body Lift

This is also known as “body contouring.” It targets the lower areas of the body where there may be excess tissue to be removed.

The procedure is not just for tightening sagging skin; the tightening action can also improve the appearance of dimpled or irregular skin.

A commonly used pattern for a body lift consists of two incisions that go around the tummy and groin area, similar to the shape of a bikini bottom.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are very well known for their unparalleled body lifts in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ.*

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.

Breast Lift

This can lift the breasts as well as reshape them.

There are three types of incisions that can be made for a breast lift:

  • Around the areola only
  • Around the areola and vertically down to the crease under the breast
  • Around the areola, vertically down to the crease under the breast, then horizontally along the crease

You and your plastic surgeon will select the optimal incision to achieve the look you envision.

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Arm Lift

An arm lift targets the dreaded “bat wings” of the upper arm.

Length and exact placement of the incision depends on how much skin needs to be removed and where it is located, which varies:

  • Under the arm
  • On the back of the arm
  • Beneath the armpit

Tummy Tuck

There are several types of tummy tucks:

  • Traditional: Targets the entire abdominal area; uses a hip-to-hip incision and incisions around the area of the belly button.
  • Mini tummy tuck: Targets only the area below the navel; requires a smaller incision.
  • Extended: Targets the abdomen and “love handles.”
  • Fleur-de-Lis: Tightens the abdomen vertically as well a horizontally
  • Reverse tummy tuck: An uncommon tummy tuck that pulls up instead of down

Buttock Augmentation

This is effective for reshaping the buttocks if they have become flattened or droop after weight loss. It may involve the placement of silicone implants or fat grafting. There are several possible incision lengths and locations, depending on the desired outcome. Fat grafting is done by injection and requires only tiny incisions to allow a small cannula to pass through the skin.

Surgical Butt Lift

Sagging skin and excess tissue will be removed to create a more attractive buttock shape. The incisions will be at the junction or border of the buttocks and lower back where a bikini bottom line would naturally fall.

Thigh lift

A thigh lift is designed to remove and tighten skin of the thigh.

There are several options including:

  • an incision just in the groin area
  • a vertical incision on the inside of the thigh
  • the combination of vertical incision and groin incision

Male chest tightening

A common area of skin removal for men that have lost a lot of weight is the chest area.

A variety of incisions are available including:

  • around the areola
  • at the border of the pectoralis muscle
  • extending into the arm pit and back area

Bra line or bro line back lift

With significant weight loss, loose skin can gather in the middle and lower back that needs to be pulled up. This is accomplished by a bra line or bro line back lift where skin is removed and the final incision is placed in the bra line or for guys at the border of the back muscles.

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