While major weight loss is a huge accomplishment in itself, sometimes the skin is unable to adapt to a decreased body size due to a loss of elasticity. Body contouring surgery through the expertise of a plastic surgeon works by the elimination of excess skin and fat that causes an unpleasant and saggy appearance. It also includes careful smoothing and shaping the supportive tissue that sits just under the skin and also tends to lose its elasticity. This procedure gives the body and skin a more uniform and naturally contoured appearance. Not only is the extra weight gone, but also the remaining skin and connective tissues that stretched and grew to accommodate it.
In order to optimally remove the excess skin and smooth the tissues underneath, long incisions have to be used. Several factors come into play in regards to the shape and location of the incision, including individual preferences, the quantity of excess skin and its location, and the recommendation of your plastic surgeon. Thanks to new advancements in modern-day surgical techniques, your plastic surgeon may be able to tactfully place your incisions in a way that allows for most clothes to obscure them.
Body contouring is performed in accordance with a surgical plan of different stages of which was devised by you and your plastic surgeon. The state of your health, the expertise of your plastic surgeon, and your personal objectives are all taken into consideration during the creation of the plan that best fits your needs. Your plan may include one or more of these different types of surgery to complete your ideal body contouring.
For skin and tissue that causes a saggy appearance around the outer thighs, buttocks, hips, waist, and abdominal region, a full lower body lift surgery is recommended. The appearance of all of these regions can be improved through the use of a single procedure performed by your plastic surgeon. The surgery works through the removal of a belt or ring of skin and tissue in a circumferential manner around your body. Your plastic surgeon then stretches the remaining top and lower portions of the skin and connective tissue to sew them together.
Sagging breasts can be corrected through breast lift surgery. The placement and arrangement of the incisions for a breast lift are determined on an individual basis and depend on your breast shape and the quantity of extra skin that needs to be excised. To augment the volume and enhance breast proportion, a breast implant may be recommended by your surgeon in certain cases. The incisions for the breast lift surgery may follow horizontally in the breast crease, a circular pattern around the areola, and or a straight vertical line that follows from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease directly underneath it.
An arm lift is a surgery that allows for your plastic surgeon to eliminate the sagging skin and fat tissues from underneath your upper arm. Excess skin may also be removed from the inside of the underarm. Depending on the amount of skin that needs to be excised, the incision may extend from the underside of the elbow area to the armpit as best determined by your plastic surgeon. This surgery takes away the unsightly ‘jiggle’ that occurs with the presence of excess pockets of skin and tissue that sag below the upper arms.
After the initial bruising and swelling from the surgery have reduced, the firm and tight contours are evident and noticeable immediately. The incision that your plastic surgeon has to make to effectively carry out this surgery is one of the harder ones to obscure underneath clothing. The reason for this is that the area of the incision is inevitably more visible at times when the arm is in a lifted position.
The surgery that is done to remove excess skin and tissue from and refine the shape of the thigh is called a thigh lift. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon uses incisions that run from the top of the knee to the groin area on the inside region of your thigh. Should the problematic excess tissue be exclusively located on the outer thighs, your plastic surgeon will need to make incisions from around the hip and into the groin area. These incisions give your surgeon the ability to remove and pull the remaining skin tighter to achieve a smoother and slimmer appearance of the thighs.
Commonly known as a tummy tuck, this surgical procedure flattens the appearance of the abdomen by tightening abdominal muscles back together that have become loose or weak, as well as removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. Your plastic surgeon makes an incision that runs from hip to hip along the bikini line and tightens up any abdominal muscles that appear to necessitate it. The upper abdominal skin is stretched and pulled down to achieve a flatter and slimmer appearance, and the extra fat and skin are trimmed off. The top and bottom portions of the skin are sutured together, then the belly button is repositioned through a new opening and also sutured into place. This type of surgery removes the ‘tummy pouch’ that often follows multiple pregnancies and major weight loss.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows for the removal of fat deposits in multiple regions of the body including the chest, back, thighs, buttocks, hips, waist, abdomen, upper arms, inner knee, neck, and chin. Liposuction is less invasive than other fat removal techniques, as it uses a combination of small incisions, rather than a single lengthy incision. Tools are inserted into the incisions to help break up the fatty tissues and loosen them from other connective tissue. It is then sucked or vacuumed from the body with specialized equipment, and the incisions are sutured back up. This surgery helps achieve a slimmer and smoother appearance in the affected area that is more proportional to the rest of the body.
Plastic Surgery in Oklahoma City
Please contact your Oklahoma City plastic surgeon, or contact Dr. Padgett, for more information on how plastic surgery may benefit you if you are considering any of the procedures mentioned in this article. Call the office at (405) 755-5115
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