After your major weight loss journey, you may experience extra unwanted sagging skin in different areas of your body. Fortunately, there are procedures available to remove this unwanted skin.
One of the most common procedures patients have done after weight loss is the removal of extra skin in the abdominal region. This procedure is called an abdominoplasty (which includes tightening of the muscles) or panniculectomy (no muscle tightening). With this procedure, you will have a scar that extends from hip to hip. This procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with removal of extra back skin, which is called a circumferential body lift. With a circumferential body lift, you will have a scar that wraps around the circumference of your lower hip area.
The removal of extra skin on the upper arms is called a brachioplasty. The scar will be hidden under the arm and extends from the armpit region to the elbow.
There are a few different options to remove extra skin from the legs. Inner thigh lift just addresses removing skin in the upper thigh area. The scar usually is from the hip to the buttock fold. If your concern is removing the skin from the upper part of your leg, you will need a medial thigh lift. This scar extends from the knee up to the hip area, and can sometimes extend into the buttock fold.
Depending on the amount of skin and breast tissue you have you will need either a breast lift, which is called a mastopexy, or a breast reduction. For males, the procedure would be gynecomastia (male breast reduction).
There are many options for skin removal after weight loss. Our board certified Drs. Desai, Fallucco, or Parks will be happy to review these options with you and decide what would be the best surgical plan to get the results you want to achieve.