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How to Reduce Loose Skin on Arms, Thighs and Tummy

Option for Excess Skin after Weight Loss – A body lift for excess after weight loss?

Massive weight loss represents a journey, demanding considerable mental and physical resilience. Despite meeting their weight loss goals, many individuals still have excess skin. This skin, stretched by excess weight, often reaches a point where it cannot retract.

Excess skin can be removed surgically through an arm lift, thigh lift, or lower body lift, depending on the patient’s needs.

So, you’ve made it to your goal weight.

You’ve lost weight, whether through diet and exercise alone or with the assistance of bariatric surgery. The weight is gone, but the excess skin won’t go away.

An option for massive weight loss patients is surgical removal of the excess skin.

A lower body lift is a plastic surgery procedure similar to an abdominoplasty: Skin is removed in a belt pattern around the lower trunk and then sutured together to recreate body shapes.

Patients can expect a change with a lower body lift. This procedure often includes an outer thigh and buttock lift and abdominal shaping. This combination works to shape the lower body in one go. Of course, the recovery is longer, because of the extent of the surgery, which can mean more associated risks.

Why doesn’t skin disappear as weight does?

Skin doesn’t readily shrink or disappear when weight is lost because it has its own properties and limitations. Here’s why:

  • Elasticity
    • Skin has a certain degree of elasticity, which allows it to stretch to accommodate changes in body size. However, this elasticity has limits, and when skin is stretched significantly, as in the case of obesity, it may lose some of its ability to snap back into place.
  • Collagen and Elastin
    • Collagen and elastin are proteins that provide skin with its structure and elasticity.
    • With age and prolonged stretching, these proteins can become damaged, reducing the skin’s ability to regain its shape.
  • Rate of Weight Loss
    • The rate at which weight is lost can impact how well skin adapts.
    • Rapid weight loss, especially through crash diets or extreme measures, may not allow the skin enough time to adjust and shrink alongside the body’s changes.
  • Genetics
    • Genetics plays a role in determining an individual’s skin elasticity.
    • Some people have more elastic skin, while others have skin that is less adaptable.
  • Age
    • As people age, their skin tends to lose some of its elasticity, making it less likely to bounce back after weight loss.
  • Amount of Weight Lost
    • The amount of weight lost also matters.
    • Significant weight loss, especially in massive weight loss or bariatric surgery, can result in excess skin.

Given these factors, skin can undergo surgical intervention, such as a body lift or abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and alter its appearance after weight loss.

Common Areas with Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Excess skin can occur in various areas of the body after significant weight loss. The specific areas where excess skin tends to occur include:

  • Abdomen
    • The abdominal area is common for excess skin after weight loss.
    • This can include both the upper and lower abdomen.
  • Arms
    • Excess skin may develop on the upper arms, resulting in a skin fold.
  • Thighs
    • Both the inner and outer thighs can have excess skin.
  • Buttocks
    • The buttocks can develop excess skin after weight loss.
  • Breasts
    • Both men and women may experience excess skin in the chest area, which can lead to breast ptosis (breast descends to a lower position).
  • Face and Neck
    • Facial skin can lose elasticity, resulting in jowls or other changes in facial appearance.
  • Hips and Flanks
    • Excess skin can extend to the hip and flank areas, changing the waistline.
  • Back
    • The skin on the back, especially in the lower back region, can develop excess skin.
  • Calves and Ankles
    • In some cases, individuals may experience excess skin in the calf and ankle areas.

The extent and location of excess skin can vary significantly from person to person, depending on factors like the amount of weight lost, genetics, age, and the rate of weight loss. Surgical procedures like body lift, abdominoplasty, arm lift, and thigh lift can remove excess skin and alter body shape after significant weight loss.

What excess skin reduction surgeries do Coco Ruby Melbourne Plastic Surgeons perform?

More Information

If you would like to find out more about body lifts, phone us at (03) 8849 1400 with any questions, book a consultation, or visit us at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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