To accommodate weight gain, the skin must stretch. An unfortunate effect of this stretching is that even after losing weight, the skin may not be able to conform to the body’s slimmer contours. Many patients who have been pregnant or who have lost a substantial amount of weight through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery are left with loose, sagging skin. Indeed, there are many areas of the body that are subject to lax skin after weight loss, including the abdomen, the thighs, the arms, the hips, and the flanks.
The amount of skin hanging on the body after weight loss can be quite distressing for patients. Loose, hanging skin is aesthetically unpleasing and can even cause health problems. Patients with large amounts of hanging skin on the body often experience backaches and may even develop infections. It can be quite difficult to keep the excess skin clean and dry, and as a result bacterial, fungal, or viral infection may result. Loose, hanging skin can also make exercising more difficult. If you are suffering from loose, sagging skin that refuses to conform to your new slim body contours, body lift surgery may be an ideal solution.
Ideally, Missoula body lift candidates are in good health, have realistic expectations, and are committed to maintaining their body weight. Patients considering body lift surgery should be aware that scarring will occur as a result of the procedure.
You may be an ideal candidate for body lift surgery if you are suffering from loose, hanging skin:
To determine whether you are a good candidate for body lift surgery, please schedule a personal consultation with Missoula plastic surgeon Stephen P. Hardy today.
Body lift surgery is typically recommended to patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight or who have been pregnant and are suffering from excess hanging skin from the body. Lower body lift surgery may be performed to address loose, hanging skin of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Upper body lift surgery may be performed to address the chest and upper back regions. During body lift surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, and the muscles are tightened. Patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight may benefit from lower and upper body lift surgery (full body lift).
Liposuction may also be performed to help create a more toned appearance in the contours of the body. Because it is common for excess skin to be accompanied by stubborn, isolated deposits of fatty tissues, liposuction may be performed in conjunction with body lift surgery. For patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight in Missoula, liposuction can help eliminate stubborn, isolated areas of fatty tissues from almost anywhere on the body.
If you are suffering from loose, hanging skin covering much of your body, you may be an ideal candidate for body lift surgery. To learn more about body lift surgery, please contact North West Plastic Surgery Associates today. Our skilled, compassionate staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.