Skin Removal Surgery
If you are struggling with overweight or obesity, a bariatric surgery or a scientific weight loss program may help you get rid of excess weight. But in the process, you might experience unsightly loose skin in certain areas of the body. Fortunately, this condition can be successfully reversed with a skin removal plastic surgery.
Skin removal surgery may include one or more procedures to eliminate droopy or hanging skin to restore attractive, smooth, and younger looking contours. Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provide skin removal surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.
Factors Involved in Skin Removal Surgery Plan
A skilled surgeon will create a customized skin removal plastic surgery plan after taking into account several factors, which include:
- Your age and gender
- Reasons for your appearance of sagging skin
- Extent of loose or hanging skin tissue
- How the loose skin is distributed in multiple body areas
- Your BMI after weight loss
- Degree of skin elasticity and your skin type
- Genetic factors for sagging skin
- Whether your body weight has now stabilized
- What are your personal aesthetic goals
Your surgeon will create a tailored skin surgery plan to meet your specific needs based on these factors.
Excess Skin Removal – Surgical Options
A plastic surgery to remove excess skin can include one or more procedures that may be combined for best results. These may include:
Tummy Tuck: Clinically called abdominoplasty, this cosmetic surgery will eliminate loose skin around your waist that may have become inelastic while your abdomen was bigger sized before you lost weight. A tummy tuck will not just remove the excess skin, but may also involve the repair of separated or weak muscles in the abdominal wall. In general, your surgeon may easily excise as much as half of your abdominal skin with this procedure. After the surgery, they will smoothly re-drape the remaining skin over the abdomen to create a youthful look.
Body Lift: A body lift or belt lipectomy cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to improve the appearance of your lower, mid and upper body. Depending on the extent of your sagging skin and your personal goals, your surgeon may perform a full body lift. This extensive procedure will involve removal of sagging skin from your thighs, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, breasts, and upper arms. If you need less invasive surgery, you may consider lower or mid/lower body lift to meet your goals.
Thigh Lift / Butt Lift / Arm Lift: These skin removal surgery procedures can be performed separately or in combination, depending on your requirements. A thigh lift will usually involve excess skin removal from the inner thighs, which may be causing chafing or discomfort. A buttock lift may be performed using the Brazilian butt lift technique to sculpt a tighter, smoother rear end. In an arm lift, loose or hanging skin from the upper arms will be removed to create more youthful upper body look.
Cosmetic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for skin removal surgery.