BODY CONTOURING AFTER MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS
With fashion promoting body-revealing attire and outdoor exposure, and the emphasis on fitness and good health, people have sought to reflect these trends by demonstrating youthfulness and vitality in their bodies. The subliminal message is that these are desirable requirements for maintaining sensuality, social acceptance and professional success. Body contouring surgery is a collection of procedures with the goal of volumetric manipulation of fat tissue and excess skin. The most common cause is due to massive weight loss.
PHASE 1: Massive weight loss commonly achieved with Bariatric Surgery or with diet and exercise.
PHASE 2: After stabilization of weight, patients will lose fat but not skin resulting in severe excess skin in various areas of the body that does not get tighter with exercise & diet including the abdomen, back, arms, thighs, breasts, and face/neck.
Body Contouring surgery is a broad term and refers to removing excess skin in all areas of the body. Localized fat deposits and excess skin are sometimes resistant to the most sincere efforts in weight loss and activities. Body contour deformities may involve one single region or extend to multiple body regions. They may be treated by a one-stage operation or may require more complex combined procedures. Planning and final results must be carefully discussed with the patient, as well as location and extension of scars. Body Contouring are surgeries performed by a trained plastic & reconstructive surgeon.
The ever increasing request for Body Contouring surgery has been met by safe and efficient surgical techniques, resulting in a high degree of patient satisfaction. Patients must have optimized medical and nutritional status, clearance by a medical doctor, adequate patient expectations and stable weight after the massive weight loss. The concepts and principles that we practice for body contouring are based on advanced techniques placing incisions in strategic locations of scars and an aesthetic correction of the deformity for a high satisfaction surgical outcome. Patient safety is our objective before beauty.
COMMON BODY CONTOURING PROCEDURES:
LOWER BODY LIFT:
Either combined in a single surgery or performed at separate surgeries. A complete lower body lift treats sagging buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs in one procedure or in staged procedures. Incision patterns vary, and may include a circumferential incision around the body to remove the "belt" of excess skin and fat.
Removing excess skin and fat of the lower back and lifting a sagging buttock and outer thighs. Back Lift can enhance the volume and shape of the buttock for patients with severe loss of buttock volume. Projection of the buttock region has become a sign of a well-sculpted body, and often is a goal of individuals who seek body contouring procedures.
Tightening the lower abdomen and flanks, removing excess skin, and correcting sagging skin. The goal of abdominal contouring surgery is the aesthetic improvement of the abdomen with the least conspicuous scar feasible. Depending on the procedure performed, improvement can be achieved in varying degrees to the appearance of loose, damaged skin, abdominal muscle, and excess fatty, in order to create a firmer, flatter abdomen.
Reshaping the breasts to provide improved projection, volume, nipple location and overall shape. The incision patterns for lifting a woman's sagging breasts will be determined based on the amount of excess skin to be removed. These may include one or a combination of incisions in a circular pattern around the areola, in a line extending from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. A breast implant also may be recommended to enhance breast shape and size in patients with severe loss of breast volume.
Placing the scar along the inner aspect of the arm to conceal the scar in the standing upright position with arms on the side with improvement in contour, tightness and shape. Sagging skin in the upper arms is treated with an incision from the underarm area extending along the inside or back of the upper arm. Additional incisions on the arms may be necessary anywhere excess skin has formed sagging pockets. The smoother, tighter contours that result from upper arm contouring are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising. In addition, skin quality is dramatically improved in both appearance and texture.
Placing the scar along the inner aspect of the thigh to conceal the scar in the standing upright position with legs together with improvement in contour, tightness and shape. Reshaping of the thighs is achieved through incisions in the groin that can extend downward to the knee along the inner portion of the thigh. Improving contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother and better toned thigh.
Sagging skin at the face and neck areas after massive weight loss may make you appear much older. Face and neck lift will provide rejuvenation along the neck and jawline and create a more youthful appearance.
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