Tighten Up and Lose the Loose
Westport | Fairfield CT
If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight — through exercise, diet or bariatric surgery — your new body may be burdened with excess skin and droopy folds across the upper and lower body.
You can increase your comfort and confidence with a body lift from Westport and Fairfield, Connecticut-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony.
During the procedure, Dr. Mahony can “lift” and remove you extra skin folds from virtually every area of the body that is desired. If you have excess skin around your waist and thighs, Ellen offers lower body lifts that combine a tummy tuck and liposuction, along with skin removal around the pubic area, buttocks, thighs, and hips.
While these combined procedures can make a huge difference, your lower body isn’t the only area that Dr. Mahony can improve. A Brachioplasty, or upper arm lift, can remove excess skin that flaps beneath the arm to give your upper arms a tighter, more toned appearance. In addition, an upper body lift can smooth out folds that extend from the chest area to the mid-back. And, if your skin has retained its elasticity, liposuction can remove fatty tissue in your arms and back.
With any of these procedures, Dr. Mahony’s ultimate goal is to make you feel comfortable and secure in your new body. You can count on that.
See Dr. Mahony’s results: before and after a body lift.
Good candidates for a body lift
Adults who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, sagging skin may experience a variety of frustrating problems. Discomfort, infections, and self-consciousness can be eliminated with proper care. Diet and exercise cannot get rid of redundant tissue. A body lift can. The best candidates for a body lift-share a few traits, including:
It is not beneficial to undergo a body lift before you have reached your goal weight and maintained it for at least one year. Having a lift too soon could lead to additional frustration after losing more weight, as some degree of tissue laxity may once again occur. Surgeons advise patients to wait a year or more after reaching their goal weight to have a lift because tissue may retract to some extent on its own.
Avoidance of Smoking
People who smoke are generally not good candidates for elective procedures. This is because smoking inhibits oxygenation, a process that is critical to tissue repair. If you are interested in having a body lift and you smoke, you must quit as soon as possible. Smoking significantly increases the risks of serious complications during and after surgery.
Like smoking, poor general health can make you much more likely to experience complications after a surgical procedure. Patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes may not be good candidates for a body lift due to restrictions in the circulatory system.
If you are considering a body lift, you should consult with your primary care physician for a general checkup. You need to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who is fully trained and familiar with body lift techniques and how to reduce risks. Finally, we encourage you to practice excellent nutrition and hydration daily in the weeks leading up to your procedure to give yourself the best chance at an optimal, complication-free experience.
ASK DR. MAHONY
Unfortunately, there really is no way to spot reduce any trouble area on the body. And, if you have excess skin from a dramatic weight loss it can be especially loose requiring surgical removal of the excess skin. The tightening I’m able to perform in the procedure gives the most desirable result. For patients that have good skin elasticity but fatty tissue under the arm, I sometimes use liposuction to get the desired result of fat removal and skin tightening.
Is Brachioplasty a Solution for You?
A body lift is one of the most customized and comprehensive procedures in plastic surgery. Every person has unique needs. These are discussed at length during Dr. Mahony’s consultation and examination and they act as a guide for surgical planning.
Surgery may be performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center. In some cases, body lift surgery is performed in a hospital and the patient will stay overnight for observation. If your surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, you should have someone stay with you at home for at least 24 hours after you are released.
The procedure is performed using general anesthesia. Patients are monitored by dedicated staff throughout the procedure. As outlined in the treatment plan, Dr. Mahony makes incisions in strategic locations where resulting scars can be hidden beneath clothing. Before your surgery, you will know where your incisions will be made and how far they will extend around your torso.
Once incisions are made, the tissue is pulled tightly to create a smooth appearance. Internal suturing is performed to create support for newly shaped contours. Excess tissue is trimmed, as is excess skin. The procedure is complete when the incisions have been carefully stitched closed.