Hanging Loose Skin After Weight Loss
Losing weight is great – you start to look good and in turn feel good about yourself, you get noticed more often by the opposite sex, and you can go back to wearing the clothes you loved.
However, losing a significant amount of weight, like 100 pounds or more, will result in loose hanging skin in many regions of the body, which can look quite unappealing. Get rid of excess skin after dramatic weight loss with the help of a body lift surgery.
What Is a Body Lift?
A body lift is the most popular and commonly performed plastic surgery for those who have gone through extreme weight loss, often as a result of bariatric surgery.
This surgery can help remove excess amounts of skin from the arms, chest, back, legs, abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs, and other areas of the body. It can reshape and recontour the entire body to make it look more attractive after weight loss.
A body lift is a comprehensive form of body-contouring surgery. While several types of plastic surgeries focus on contouring and shaping specific areas of the body, a body lift focuses on contouring and improving the shape and appearance of the entire body.
The results of a body lift are permanent, but the patient has to work hard to maintain their weight and be careful not to put on too much weight again. Sometimes, a person might need more than one body lift surgery if more than 150 to 200 pounds have been lost.
How Is a Body Lift Surgery Performed?
The patient is first administered with general anesthesia. The surgeon then makes a long incision across the stomach region, allowing them to remove excess skin and other tissue.
He moves on to other areas of the body that have lost a lot of fat, such as the thighs, buttocks, arms, waist, and hips. Incisions are made in the same way to remove the excess tissue. Care is taken to not remove too much tissue; closing the incisions will be a problem if there is not enough skin left to close.
A body lift may sometimes use liposuction to remove any remaining fat and further improve the body shape and contours. The buttocks also tends to look flattened after extreme weight loss, so the surgeon might perform a butt lift to give the rear a more appealing shape and structure.
Once the surgeon is done, he carefully closes up the incisions with medical stitches. Dressings and bandages are placed, and small thin tubes called drains are placed underneath the skin to drain away fluids after the surgery. Topical and oral medications are given for a faster recovery.
Learn More Regarding the Body Lift
Doctors Matthew Romans and Jeremy Silk, two skilled board-certified plastic surgeons with numerous satisfied patients, have a great deal of experience with body-contouring procedures. They will be happy to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
During your consultation, you can discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon, examine before-and-after photos, and ask questions regarding the procedure. To arrange your consultation, contact our office today.