For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, such as those who have undergone bariatric surgery, there is often a significant excess of loose, sagging skin that doesn't tighten on its own. Such skin can detract from the aesthetic appearance of the weight loss. Moreover this excess skin does not yield to any form of non surgical therapy.
For patients who are conscious about this excess skin & wish to correct it, a wide variety of procedures are available to tighten the lax and sagging skin (due to ageing or massive weight loss) in various parts of the body.
Depending on the extent of the weight loss & the individual requirement of the patient, these surgeries can be combined with various other reconstructive procedures to maximize the aesthetic outcome.
Details Of Procedure
In general , they involve taking an incision in an inconspicuous location (abdomen- bikini crease, butt – junction of lower back and upper buttock , thigh – groin crease, arms – inner aspect,) and excising the excess loose skin and underlying tissue. The remaining skin is then tightened and sutured back.
Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift is a procedure that removes this excess skin and any residual fat in a circumferential manner, so that the remaining tissue can be neatly redraped over the underlying fascia and muscles. Results of these large operations are very dramatic and life-changing.
A lower body lift may be combined with an arm lift or buttock augmentation if required.
A thigh lift addresses excessive hanging skin over the thighs due to aging or MWL. In these circumstances, excess deposits of skin and fat around the thigh area may require a lateral or medial thigh lift to reshape the area.
For a medial thigh lift, the incisions are hidden in the groin area, while for a lateral thigh lift the incisions are hidden in the lateral bikini line. Either way, the procedures will produce an immediately apparent difference in the contour of the thigh region.
An arm lift procedure, or brachioplasty, combines the use of liposuction with incisions in the inner arm and armpit to tighten the surrounding skin and produce slimmer more attractive arms.