Houstonians who have lost a lot of excess weight via gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, likely have an abundance of excess, loose skin. The excess skin is predominantly in the tummy, but it can also manifest in the breasts, back, thighs, hips, knees, and the face. Unfortunately, this skin can only be removed and tightened by cosmetic surgery. It can be very humiliating trying to fit into clothes and swimwear. There is help for this condition via additional surgery. A full body lift is considered the ideal technique to eliminate this excess skin. This procedure can have a dramatic impact on your figure and your overall appearance.
The procedure is a combination of two or more separate surgical techniques performed at the same time. It requires a general anesthetic, and recovery time will vary, depending on the number of procedures involved. However, it can be a long period so you will need to plan for time off from work and other daily activities. This blend of procedures is comprised of major surgeries, so the potential for complication and risks exists as it does with any major surgery. A skilled board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in the various techniques involved is essential for a safe and effective operation and positive results.
Below is a list of some of the procedures that might be involved in a full body lift and what they specifically address.
• Tummy Tuck – loose and sagging abdominal skin, and weakened abdominal muscles. This procedure has become very popular and is used effectively many thousands of times per year.
• Arm Lift (brachioplasty) - loose and sagging skin under the arm
• Breast Lift (mastopexy) - loose breast skin is removed, but tissue remains, it raises and firms the breasts.
• Inner thigh lift - loose inner thigh skin
• Outer thigh and buttock lift - loose thigh and buttock skin
Body lift procedures are different for each individual.
A body lift should not be considered a method to lose weight. It simply addresses loose skin (in a complex manner). Ideally you should be at your target or “normal” weight prior to the surgery. If you lose additional weight after the treatment, the result may be additional loose skin.
If you have had weight reduction surgery and would like to explore the removal of excess skin via Houston body lift surgery, contact Memorial Plastic Surgery. We will be pleased to schedule an initial consultation. Our chief plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick Hsu is highly experienced in all of the necessary procedures. He is a board certified, award winning, published surgeon. He will determine the types of surgery that will best benefit you, and go over all of the details in full so that you will have a complete understanding of what is involved. He will gladly answer any questions you my have and address any of your concerns.
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