Body Contouring after Major Weight Loss
After dramatic weight loss, whether through a combination of diet and exercise or weight loss surgery, patients begin to experience a variety of positive life changes. Unfortunately, severely lax or hanging skin often remains, causing many men and women to feel self-conscious or limited in their physical activities. Even a nutritious diet and rigorous exercise will not likely reduce sagging skin as much as desired, often causing irritation, discomfort, and rashes. Body contouring procedures after major weight loss can eliminate redundant skin, create a more toned appearance, and serve as the final step toward a slimmer physique and a healthy lifestyle. For patients who still have isolated pockets of stubborn fat, liposuction can be performed as part of the body contouring procedure to maximize the impact of the results. Body contouring after major weight loss can be used to target the abdomen, back, pubic area, thighs, and upper arms.
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What is a Body Lift?
A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy or circumferential body lifting, is often performed after major weight loss to address skin laxity and deflation around the lower abdomen and back. Oftentimes, this laxity results in folds of skin accumulating around the midsection. Rigorous exercise can tighten and tone the muscles of the abdomen, but the loose skin often remains. Once the collagen and elastic fibers of the skin have been dramatically stretched, these structural changes cannot be reversed. Body lift surgery allows our plastic surgeon to remove excess skin and any remaining pockets of fat, smoothing the silhouette of the lower abdomen (such as in a tummy tuck), back, lateral thighs, and pubic area. Afterwards, patients can enjoy a more toned, lean-looking figure.
Benefits of Body Lift Surgery
Body lift surgery can benefit patients who have a number of common concerns after major weight loss, including:
- Excess skin and fatty tissue that hangs over the waist
- Rolls of skin and fatty tissue at the lower back or hips
- Bulging “saddle bags” at the lateral hips or upper thighs
- Abdominal wall weakness
- Sagging buttocks
- Excess skin and fatty tissue accumulated at the pubic area
The Body Lift Procedure
Ideal candidates for the body lift procedure are in good overall health, maintain a stable weight for one year or more, eat a nutritious diet, and regularly exercise. Oftentimes, body lift patients have undergone a prior bariatric procedure and seek to address outstanding concerns. Each body lift procedure is custom-tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs. During surgery, excess skin will be removed from the lower abdomen, back, lateral thighs, buttocks, and pubic area. In addition, the underlying abdominal musculature can be tightened and the pubic area can be recontoured.
A thigh lift is commonly performed after major weight loss to address skin laxity of both the inner and outer thighs. This laxity frequently results in folds of tissue at the knee, chafing, or the development of rashes. In addition, excess skin sagging from the thighs can cause men and women to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Thigh lift surgery allows our plastic surgeon to reshape the thighs for improved tone and smoother contours. This procedure can also be used to maximize the results of liposuction targeting the thighs.
Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery
Thigh lift surgery can be advantageous for patients who have aesthetic and functional concerns after major weight loss, including:
- Excess skin and fatty tissue that hangs from the inner or outer thighs
- Accumulated skin and fatty tissue hanging over the knee
- Irritation or discomfort of the skin
- Persistent rashes
The Thigh Lift Procedure
Ideal candidates for thigh lift surgery are in good overall health, have maintained a stable weight for at least six months, and exercise regularly. Thigh lift patients have often undergone a prior bariatric surgery and seek to eliminate any remaining excess skin and fatty tissue. Each thigh lift is customized to meet the unique needs of the patient and address their concerns. During the thigh lift procedure, redundant skin and tissue will be excised and patients can achieve a more toned, contoured silhouette.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, addresses loose skin of the upper arm. Reduced skin laxity after major weight loss causes the skin to hang and may cause patients to feel embarrassed about wearing short sleeves or showing their arms. Some patients may also feel limited in their physical activities. Arm lift surgery can allow our plastic surgeon to remove excess skin, giving the arms a slimmer, more toned appearance. Patients who have had liposuction performed on the upper arms may also elect to undergo this procedure to maximize their results.
Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery
Arm lift surgery can benefit patients who have undergone major weight loss or bariatric surgery, offering advantages such as:
- Smoother, sleeker appearance of the upper arm
- Increased range of physical activity
- Improved fit of clothing
- Elevated self-esteem
The Arm Lift Procedure
The best candidates for arm lift surgery will be in good overall health, maintain a stable weight for six months or more, and follow a regular exercise routine. Many arm lift patients have undergone bariatric surgery in the past and seek to address remaining concerns. Our plastic surgeon customizes each arm lift procedure to meet the needs and expectation of the patient. During the arm lift procedure, excess skin and tissue is removed from the upper arm, creating a slimmer shape.
Contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery
For more information about any of our body contouring procedures, or to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery today.