At the end of that road, excess skin will often remain and surgery may be required. Unfortunately, skin can not be lost through exercise or weight loss, and there may be so much skin leftover that the individual who lost weight might wish he/she did not lose weight. Excess skin removal surgery can be the grand finale of a goal you worked so hard to accomplish.
Dr. Shermak congratulates you and would be honored to be part of your life-changing journey.
Benefits of excess skin removal
- Restores the contours of the body
- Frees up your ability to comfortably engage in physical activities
- Removes excess skin that may be causing you physical and emotional discomfort
- Expands wardrobe options
- Caps off the grand finale of a life-changing accomplishment
Excess skin removal options
Excess skin removal surgery is tailored to each patient’s own unique physique and needs. Some of the procedures that can be done as part of this surgery include the following:
Lower Body Lift
This procedure is an extensive and very common surgery that lifts and tightens skin tissue in the abdominal, back, and thigh regions. An incision is placed just about the hip bone and encircles the body. Excess skin is removed and the remainder of the skin is tightened.
Thigh and Buttock Lift
Losing massive amounts of weight will typically result in excess skin being left behind in the buttocks and thighs, causing sagging, deflation, and an aged appearance. The thigh and buttock lift remove this skin and restore a firmer, smoother, and more slender appearance to these areas.
The upper arms particularly are often the site of plenty of leftover and excess skin after massive weight loss (MWL). In an arm lift, an incision is made along the underside of the arm, allowing the loose skin to be excised and the remainder to be restored into a more shapely and attractive appearance. This excision is often extended from the underarm down the side of the chest which is continuous and helps reduce loose skin in the upper back.
Breast Lift and Augmentation
Women who lose significant amounts of weight will suffer changes in the breasts including deflation and sagging. Breast tissue may be augmented with fat transferred from another region in the body or with implants. Breast lift with skin tightening and elevation and reduction of the nipple-areolar complex is often necessary to improve breast perkiness.
Analogous to women, men can also suffer from excess sagging skin in the chest area. Sometimes this can be restored with liposuction, sometimes with some skin removal, sometimes more. Treatment is individualized depending on presentation.
Weight loss in the face mimics aging with deflation of fat and sagging of skin. Facial rejuvenation surgery will help refresh the look of the massive weight loss patient. Scars are well camouflaged under the chin and around the ears to lift and restore facial fullness and tautness.