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.
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The short answer is that any area that has extra skin can be shaped and toned with skin removal cosmetic surgery:
There are a variety of different types of procedures that are done with surgery after weight loss:
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.
You will have a customized treatment plan to address all your areas of concern. The procedures may include the following:
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.
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This can lift the breasts as well as reshape them.
There are three types of incisions that can be made for a breast lift:
You and your plastic surgeon will select the optimal incision to achieve the look you envision.
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:
There are several types of tummy tucks:
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.
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.
A thigh lift is designed to remove and tighten skin of the thigh.
There are several options including:
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:
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 Back Lift™ 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.