Losing weight is a huge accomplishment for any individual. Having the motivation and dedication to change your life is a great feat that cannot be achieved by many. Losing large amounts of weight can drastically affect the body in various areas, both good and bad. Many times, excess skin is left because the fat is now gone. This excess skin cannot simply disappear on its own. Surgical procedures can help remove this extra skin and provide you with the body that you truly deserve and worked very hard for.
Excess skin can occur in numerous places of the body where weight has been lost. The most common places that people lose weight include the stomach, thighs, and buttock. These areas typically hold a larger amount of fat for our body and therefore allow for the most surface area to be left. Various procedures can assist in removing the skin including body lifts, thigh lifts, and tummy tucks. Depending on the weight loss, your surgeon can help decide which procedure is best for you or if multiple procedures are an option.
A body lift includes a combination of procedures that remove excess skin and fat and contour the shape of the body. A body lift can target the stomach, thighs, and buttock by performing procedures in each of these key locations. These areas of the body often hold the most fat and excess skin and can result in the biggest change. The surgeon can tailor the procedures specifically to each individual’s needs, and will only perform procedures that the individual needs. Often times, not all of these suggested procedures are performed. The ones that will benefit your body the most will be discussed and planned. In almost all cases a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck is performed. This is due to the central location of the abdomen area. The art of shaping and contouring the body is perfected in body lifts since they are customized to each individual’s shape and needs.
Individuals who have loose and hanging skin on the buttocks, lower back, thighs, and stomach area are great candidates for this procedure. Smaller areas of fat deposits can also be removed, but not very large amounts. Liposuction is often included in many body lift procedures. This procedure involves many small incisions being made and a suction tool will be placed inside of them to remove localized fat deposits. An ultrasound device can also be used to break up fat deposits. Since body lift procedures involve numerous surgical procedures, it is important that the patient is in very good health and does not smoke. Body lift procedures may be broken up into two sessions due to the length of time they can take. Since multiple areas are impacted, it may be in the patient’s best interest to have multiple surgeries. The recovery time can be lengthy because of the extent of the procedures. Swelling, immobility, and bandages will be part of the recovery process. There are times when a full body lift is not needed and only a thigh lift or tummy tuck can do the trick to contour the body.
Thigh lifts are able to improve loose, sagging or excess skin in the thighs. Incisions are made in the groin, allowing the skin in the inner thigh area to be removed. If a large amount of skin needs to be removed from this area, a wedge can be taken out that goes down to the length of the knee. This provides room for a maximum amount of contouring to occur. A second incision is often made on the outer thigh, and the location can vary depending on the patient’s needs. The incision may also be made near the buttock if a butt lift procedure is being done. The thigh lift allows for the excess fat and skin to be removed, and lastly the skin will be pulled to tighten. The thigh lift is often performed before a tummy tuck procedure, and specifically the outer thigh lift is often performed first.
Tummy tucks are categorized into standard, mini, and extended versions. In a standard tummy tuck an incision is made across the hip bones below the naval. Working through the incisions, fat can be removed from above and below it. There is an additional incision that is placed around the belly button to reposition it. When a mini tummy tuck is performed, a smaller incision is made across the hip bones and an incision is not made near the belly button. Mini tummy tuck procedures only allow for fat that is located below the naval to be removed. Tummy tucks can allow for a large amount of skin to be removed and create a dramatic difference in the shape of the body.
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Excess skin can make life difficult and make you feel self conscious. Finding clothing can become a challenge and the full confidence you should have may not exist. The loose skin that is left after dieting can be problematic, but the Masri Clinic can help you! Removing the excess skin and fat can not only help your self-confidence, but also your health. In some cases the excess skin can lead to infections, rashes, and other health problems. After weight has been lost, reward yourself with a true transformation to make you feel your best. Dr. Masri can design your own body lift by scheduling for a consultation. Call the Masri Clinic today at (866) 487-3223 to start process to a new you!