If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight, congratulations! You are most likely experiencing many changes in your body. You probably feel better and can fit into smaller clothing, but may still be unsatisfied with your appearance. After all, weight fluctuation can cause irregular stretching in the skin or tissue that creates bulging and flab in certain areas of the body.
Men and women who experience a rapid deflation of their body due to fat loss typically have relatively poor skin quality. The skin has lost its elastic properties. This lack of elasticity is evident through stretch marks and cellulite (which are classic signs of permanent skin damage). These patients are NOT ideal candidates for liposuction since removing more fat from already damaged and deflated skin makes the sagging skin appear even worse.
For such cases, excisional cosmetic surgery techniques are ideal. The issue is skin and muscular laxity as opposed to excess fat cells. Unfortunately, liposuction is only effective in eliminating excess fatty tissue. However, our practice offers cosmetic surgery procedures that address saggy, deflated skin. Below are some of the most effective procedures for removing the excess skin.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is the fifth most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. Individuals interested in a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) seek to improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen after a lack of results from traditional methods such as weight loss through dieting and muscle strengthening. By removing excess skin in the mid to lower abdomen and tightening lax skin and muscles below the navel, a tummy tuck contours the body by redefining the abdominal area and promotes the appearance of a narrowed waist line.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
If you are experiencing a case of “bat arms” or “wings”, an arm lift (Brachioplasty)could be the solution for you. An arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that eliminates and tightens loose skin from the arm, giving you a more toned appearance. It is also a great way to combat the effects of gravity, aging and reduced skin elasticity.
Sometimes, liposuction alone can take care of unsightly thighs, but if extremely loose skin exists, a thigh lift may be the only solution. The most common type of thigh lift is a medial lift. A medial lift eliminates fatty tissue and tightens loose skin of the inner thigh. The incision is made at the inner crease of the leg and is closed by dis-solvable sutures. Some patients elect to combine this procedure with a butt lift. The combination of a thigh lift and butt lift is known as a spiral lift. A spiral lift is ideal for patients with loose skin on the inner thighs, sagging skin on the buttocks and a poorly defined gluteal crease.
All of these cosmetic “lifts” and “tucks” require downtime and will involve scarring. As with any surgery,certain risks are involved and can be discussed during your consult with your cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon.
Call 423-648-4011 to schedule your skin removal consult.