After significant weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or traditional diet and exercise, patients are often left with loose, hanging skin throughout the body. This excess tissue not only makes it difficult to highlight your weight loss results, but it can also cause painful chafing and other problems over time. To help address these concerns, Dr. Gary F. Horn offers body lift surgery for post-bariatric patients in Paris, London, and Brussels, who are dissatisfied with their figure. To help patients feel more comfortable in their appearance, Dr. Horn may recommend a full body lift or combination of procedures, including arm lift and thigh lift surgery.
Types of Body Lift Procedures
To address loose and sagging skin in the upper body, Dr. Horn typically performs an arm lift. In female patients, he might also recommend a breast lift. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, trims away excess tissue from the upper arms to produce a more toned appearance. A breast lift improves drooping and also repositions the breasts to a higher position, which can result in a more youthful appearance.
A full body lift can provide patients with a more dramatic transformation that will highlight their weight loss results.
For patients who are concerned with the look of their lower body, Dr. Horn can perform a thigh lift or buttock lift. A thigh lift removes and tightens tissue to produce more toned and defined legs. A buttock lift eliminates and reshapes loose, sagging skin. Implants or fat transfer can add volume to the area for further enhancement.
Full Body Lifts
Woman in white swimsuit on a sailboatMost patients who have undergone extreme weight loss have excess skin in multiple areas rather than just a single location. For this reason, Dr. Horn also performs full body lifts.
A full body lift can combine procedures to address both the upper and lower body. Additionally, patients may also choose to include liposuction or an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in their full body lift. With this comprehensive approach, stubborn fat in addition to excess skin in the midsection is also removed. For many patients, a full body lift is necessary to achieve their desired results since this dramatic transformation can better highlight weight loss results.
Candidates for Body Lift Procedures
Although body lift procedures are most frequently performed on patients who have lost significant weight, they are not the only patients who qualify for these procedures. Nearly anyone with loose, sagging skin in the arms, breasts, thighs, or buttocks may qualify for a body lift. Patients with excess skin in multiple regions can typically combine two or more procedures to address these areas through a single treatment plan. In general, Dr. Horn recommends patients are in good health and are close to their ideal weight. Candidates must also have the ability to maintain a healthy, stable weight after the procedure since weight gain and fluctuations can compromise your results.
Explore Your Contouring Options
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, either through traditional means or through bariatric surgery, and now suffer from excess skin, contact us today to schedule a body lift consultation with Dr. Horn. He will help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures will achieve your treatment goals and help you look your very best.