Weight gain and loss, genetics, and the natural aging process can all cause fat and loose skin to accumulate on the abdomen, upper arms, and thighs. Patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight are especially prone to suffering from this concern. This not only affects self-esteem, but the heavy excess skin can be physically uncomfortable as well. If you suffer from stubborn fat deposits and loose skin, you may be a candidate for body lift procedures. In addition, candidates should be in good general health, at a normal weight, and free from medical complications that can make surgery high risk.
Dr. Hardy advocates a staged approach for patients who would like to undergo multiple procedures. He feels strongly that it is easier on the body and safer for the patient to recover from one procedure prior to proceeding with the next surgery.
Depending on your individual needs, you may require only liposuction to achieve your desired results, or Dr. Hardy may recommend tummy tuck, an arm lift, or leg lift. Liposuction is often combined with a body lift procedure to achieve more comprehensive, natural-looking results.
A large or disproportionate midsection can throw off the balance of your entire figure. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Hardy removes excess tissue and repairs damaged abdominal muscles, if needed. Abdominoplasty can be individually tailored to meet your needs. Techniques range from a mini tummy tuck, which addresses only the area below the belly button, to more substantial contouring, which can extend around the sides to the lower back.
There are two main types of arm lift: traditional and limited incision. With traditional arm lift surgery, Dr. Hardy makes an incision on the underside of the upper arm that extends to the elbow. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the skin is then pulled taut and sutured back into place. This technique is commonly used for patients who have lost a massive amount of weight. With the limited incision arm lift, a tiny incision is made in the underarm region to hide scarring, and the excess fat and skin are removed with liposuction and direct excision.
This contouring procedure can be performed on the inner thigh, outer thigh, or both. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Hardy will recommend a pattern that allows him to place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible. Through the incision, he will remove excess fat and tissue and pull the skin taut for an improved appearance. A medial thigh lift, which targets the upper portion of the inner thigh, is typically most effective for patients who have excess skin following substantial weight loss.
When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, body lift procedures have a low incidence of serious risks such as infection, significant bleeding, blood clots, and complications from anesthesia. Side effects usually disappear within several weeks, and may include discomfort, numbness, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Hardy will inform you of all risks, and can prescribe oral medication to relieve any discomfort. He will also provide you with instructions on how to reduce and manage potential side effects.
Patients who undergo body lift procedures can anticipate feeling more satisfied with their appearance, and eliminating the physical discomfort of loose, hanging skin. Specifically, body lift procedures can:
- Achieve a more proportionate figure
- Make arms and legs feel lighter and more comfortable
- Improve the fit of certain clothing
- Enhance your self-esteem
Dr. Hardy can combine any number of staged body lift options to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
If you would like to learn more about how body lift procedures can restore a more toned and youthful appearance to your physique, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hardy today.