Many people are not aware that when a person loses a significant amount of weight (generally 50 pounds or more) they are often left with excess skin. Excess skin can also occur when a person loses weight very quickly, and the skin does not “bounce back” at quite the same rate. While some people do not mind the less-than-perfect appearance of their body after massive weight loss, they may face other problems such as chafing, skin irritation, or difficulty performing exercise because excess skin is simply in the way. No amount of expensive beauty creams nor number of extensive exercises can remove significantly loose skin.
Dr. Messa offers many body contouring procedures to help patients get the body they worked so hard to attain on their weight-loss journey. These procedures address excess skin in the arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, which are the main areas that benefit most from skin reduction surgery.
An arm lift can improve mobility and the visibility of muscle tone and definition. A scar will run on the underside of the arm from the armpit to the elbow, which most patients agree is a small trade-off for their lighter, more slender arms. Clothing fits better, and they can perform routine activities and exercise with increased ease.
The tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures among massive weight-loss patients as well as mothers who have stretched abdominal muscles and skin from pregnancy. The procedure tightens the muscles if they are loose or separated and removes bothersome excess skin from the abdomen. The resulting scar spans between the hip bones but can be easily hidden beneath most swimsuits and underwear.
The body lift procedure is one of the most extensive cosmetic procedures, but it produces the most dramatic and rewarding results for those who have a significant amount of excess skin. It addresses the hips, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks all in one procedure. Depending on the patient’s needs, the body lift can also be performed in stages.
If you are interested in the body lifting procedures offered by Dr. Charles A. Messa, please schedule a consultation by calling (954) 659-7760 or by filling out our online contact form.