Procedures for Removing Excess Skin

In these days when obesity is such a big problem in the US, it is always commendable when someone who is overweight makes the decision to make healthier eating choices, and commits to weight loss. However, that decision, and the subsequent shedding of pounds, has the ripple effect of leaving behind skin that needs to be tightened and toned. That’s where excess skin removal procedures like body contouring come in! If you live in Irvine or Orange County then you should visit Song Plastic Surgery to discuss your body contouring options.

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that is performed to tighten and remove loose skin. Sagging skin often occurs after major weight loss, because the skin stretches during weight gain, and is simply unable to snap back into its original shape after weight loss. Body contouring uses different procedures to reshape and contour the body, as well as to tighten it and enhance proportion.

Body reshaping trims excess fat from a number of areas including the arms, breast, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

Flabby arms can be improved by having an arm lift done. An arm lift will reshape the upper region of the arms, where there is sagging as result of excess skin.

Weight loss often changes the shape of breasts, making them sag and look droopy. Depending on the extent of the sagging, breasts can be reshaped by performing breast augmentation or a breast lift.

Excess skin removal is often necessary for the abdominal region after weight loss. This is usually achieved with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The aim of the tummy tuck is to remove excess skin, as well as tighten the abdominal walls.

The thighs are another area that can be extremely bothersome after weight loss, as the excess skin can often hinder mobility. A thigh lift is usually recommended to get rid of loose flabby skin in the thigh region. It involves the removal of skin from the upper portion of the thigh. In cases where there is extensive correction to be done on the thighs and buttocks, then a body lift may be performed.

If the patient also has excess skin on the face and neck area, then this can be removed in the manner often associated with a traditional face lift.

If there are several parts of the body that can benefit from excess skin removal, several surgeries can be performed at the same time. This decision is usually arrived at during consultation between the patient and his/her plastic surgeon. However, when a combination of procedures is being done, greater care must be taken to ensure the patient’s safety.

Longing for Great Looking Arms? Then Get a Miami Arm Lift

If you have loose sagging skin in the region of the upper arm, then you may be a good candidate for brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift. Plastic surgeons in Miami perform arm lift surgery to remove excess skin associated with flabby upper arms.

Flabby upper arms are usually a problem after significant weight loss, but also occur due to aging. Men and women that have lost a lot of weight tend to develop heavy upper arms, because the skin stretches to accommodate the extra weight, but does not tighten after the weight loss. Aging often causes the formation of wrinkles along the upper arm, and in addition, there is also a loss of muscle tone.

Brachioplasty involves the removal of soft tissue and skin from the area of the upper arm. As the skin is re-draped on the arm, this restores tone and contour to the region of the upper arm, creating a slimmer appearance.

The incisions for the arm lift are generally made on the inside or back of the arm. The width of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. When it comes to the placement of the incisions there are not many options, so the scar will be visible after the procedure.

Typically, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility, and takes about 2 hours.  Post-op discomfort is minimal, but patients may experience some swelling and soreness, which will last for 7 -14 days.

In some cases, Miami plastic surgeons perform liposuction along with an arm lift. When liposuction is done at the same time, additional fat is removed, and this enhances the contour of the arm.

An arm lift can help you if:

  • You have downward drooping excess skin under the upper arm.
  • Your arms are out of shape
  • You have pockets of fat in the upper arm area

To be considered for an arm lift you should also be in good health, and not significantly overweight. Patients that have had an arm lift feel better about their arms, and like the fact that they can now confidently wear short sleeves.

Some people opt to have an arm lift because their upper arms are too big, and this makes their body look out of proportion. When the arms are reshaped, they look a lot more proportional, and it restores harmony to their overall body shape.

If you are interested in an arm lift in Miami, then be sure to contact an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to do the job.