Massive weight loss either from diet and exercise or bariatric surgery can lead to problems with excess skin down the road.
This type of procedure might be right for you if you've ever said:
“I have ‘bat wings’ after my weight loss surgery.”
“I lost weight and now I have flabby skin on my thighs.”
While the extra weight and fat were present, they stretched the skin of the abdomen, arms, and thighs, and much like a spring that gets pulled too hard, it doesn’t snap back. Once the skin has been under tension and stretch for years it often won’t snap back, and even though you’ve lost the weight you still have the excess skin that hangs and rubs.
Brachioplasty and thighplasty can be performed as outpatient procedures in the clinic or in the operating room if combined with other procedures. Liposuction alone is not sufficient to treat the loose skin since the supporting structures and tissue are damaged from chronic stretching. Liposuction can be added to help with any additional fat that is still present and can also help to reduce tightness on the incisions.
The procedure begins with you standing, and we discuss which areas are suitable for removal in surgery. The affected areas on the arms or legs are marked and numbing medicine is injected. After all the areas are numb, liposuction may be performed to pre-dissect the area as well as remove any residual fat. Then, the excess skin is carefully removed in sections to make sure not too much is removed and the incision isn’t too tight, as this can lead to poor scarring.