Why Have Body Contouring Surgery?
As a result of your weight loss, your have a new problem — excess, sagging skin. Excess skin is an unfortunate by-product of extreme weight loss, but the good news is body contouring surgery can improve the way you look. Body contouring surgery removes excess fat and sagging skin to give the body a more natural, toned appearance.
If you are on the journey to the “new you” through weight loss, Dr. Cohen can help you find your way. Take the first step and schedule a complimentary appointment…you deserve it.
About Body Contouring Procedures
While every patient is different in terms of problem spots, surgery is most often performed on the following areas: Face, Upper Arms, Breasts, Abdomen, Lower Back, Buttocks and Thighs.
The effect of significant weight loss is most noticeable on the face in patients with sagging neck and jowls, and sunken cheeks. A facelift is an effective way to tighten the loose skin, particularly in the neck area. Injecting fat into the cheeks using fat transfer, can add tissue volume. Patients often have both procedures, which result in a younger, firmer appearance.
The upper arm from the axilla to the elbow is particularly vulnerable to sagging skin after weight loss. Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) reshapes the under portion of the arm. This surgery is often performed with underarm surgery (axilloplasty) to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue that may hang. The result of upper arm surgery is a more toned and proportionate appearance.
Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue in an effort to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to give volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is done with the placement of a saline or silicone breast implant. Women who have lost significant weight may also consider breast reduction surgery. The elimination of sagging breasts not only improves appearance, but is also more comfortable.
Abdomen, Lower Back, and Buttocks
The most comprehensive body lift surgery is the belt lipectomy or body lift (circumferential torsoplasty). Addressing the mid-section, surgeons elevate and tighten deep tissue and remove the excess skin and fat around the torso resulting in a re-shaping of the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs. Not everyone will require a full circumferential torsoplasty and may be a candidate for a less extensive standard or extended abdominoplasty.
The upper thigh is another problem spot for sagging skin after weight loss. To improve the contours of this area, Dr. Cohen may perform a thigh lift (thighplasty) on the area above the knee to the groin. If excess fat is a problem in this area, liposuction can be performed prior to the thigh lift surgery.
Dr. Cohen employs a unique blend of artistry and meticulous technique, emphasizing proportion and form, to help patients reshape their figures in ways they never thought possible.