Body Lift After Weight Loss Palo Alto
You were once heavy. In medical terms, you were considered obese or even morbidly obese. Now through the hard work of diet and exercise, and possibly even gastric bypass surgery you have lost a significant amount of weight. If you had high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or other medical conditions these may have even resolved with the weight loss.
You feel great, and are living a healthier lifestyle. You look in the mirror and the only thing that has not co-operated in the process is your skin. For many, after weight loss, their skin has lost its elasticity and fails to shrink as they lose weight. Skin sags, rolls and folds develop, and persistent fat deposits may remain. As a result, you may develop persistent rashes in the folds. Back pain may develop from sagging breasts and abdominal skin. Your desire for a new wardrobe for the new you meets the challenge of finding clothes that fit well over the excess skin and new body proportions.
Due to the differences in factors such as genetic make-up, amount of weight loss, age, and body type, the goals for each individual will vary. Listed below are the procedures that may comprise an individualized treatment plan to try to help you achieve the results you desire. Typically, the weight loss patient will often elect to undergo several different procedures to target different areas of the body. These procedures can sometimes be combined, but may also be staged months apart to minimize the risks of surgery, and allow adequate time to recover between procedures.
Liposuction can help to reduce persistent fat deposits after weight loss. In doing so it will help contour and shape the targeted area. It can be used either alone or in combination with a skin reduction procedure depending on the goals of the patient and quality of the skin.
Facial rejuvenation procedures may include a face-lift or neck lift to address jowls and sagging neck skin (turkey gobbler). For individuals that have lost volume in their face soft tissue fillers such as fat injections may be appropriate to give the face a more youthful appearance.
For breast rejuvenation, there are several treatment options depending on your goals and the changes that have occurred as a result of your weight loss. If you have only lost breast volume and desire an increase in breast size, a breast augmentation with an implant may be appropriate. If you are happy with the volume of the breast, but unhappy with the sag or droopiness, then you may be more suited for a breast lift procedure. If the breasts sag and are a smaller size than you desire, an augmentation with a breast lift may be the best option for you. And finally if your breasts remained larger than you would like, you may be a candidate for a breast reduction to re-shape the breast.
Men who have lost weight and still have persistent breast fullness two treatment options exist. In those individuals who have mild enlargement of the breast and good skin quality liposuction alone may be enough to contour the chest. If you still have significant enlargement of the breast or sagging skin then a male breast reduction procedure possibly with supplemental liposuction may be more appropriate.
An arm lift (brachioplasty) can address fat and redundant skin that hangs off the upper arm. This procedure may be combined with liposuction to provide a more desirable contour. The scar for this procedure may be hidden in the armpit or continue down the inside of the arm depending on the amount of redundant skin and you goals.
Contouring of the trunk, buttocks and outer thighs are achieved through a spectrum of procedures. An abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck addresses excess skin of the midsection, and may include tightening of the abdominal wall and muscles that have separated. Stretch marks in the lower abdominal skin may be removed. The length of the scar will vary depending on the amount of redundant skin to be removed. For those individuals whose skin laxity continues around the back an extended abdominoplasty or circumferential abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy) may be more appropriate. In these procedures the scar continues around the hips to the back to excise the redundant skin and fat around the torso. If you also have sagging of the buttocks and outer thighs then a lower boy lift, which is a circumferential abdominoplasty, that also lifts the buttocks and outer thighs is more suited to address your concerns. Your surgeon will help you navigate through the confusing terminology for these procedures and discuss with you the options for scar placement and procedure that will best help to reach your goal.
A medial thigh lift can remove the sagging skin and fat of the inner thigh. The scar for this procedure can be hidden in the inner thigh crease or continue down the thigh depending on the amount of skin redundancy and your goal. This procedure is often part of the overall treatment plan that includes an abdominoplasty or outer thigh lift.