Loose, poorly fitting clothes can have a negative impact on anyone's appearance and confidence. For many of my Phoenix and Scottsdale area patients who have lost significant weight, their skin becomes, in essence, an ill-fitting suit that cannot be removed. For some, as excess weight is lost the body shrinks while the skin retains its stretched-out size. It's like a thin person being forced to wear a heavier person's clothing. Often, the loose skin can be prone to rashes or odors, causing even more discomfort than the original obesity.
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Medical director Dr. Robert Cohen and his associates, Dr. Steven Sigalove and Dr. Josh Olson, are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. These talented surgeons are leaders in the field of plastic surgery and the proof is in their results.
Post Weight Loss Plastic Surgery
Fortunately, as a board-certified plastic surgeon near Phoenix, I have the ability to "tailor" loose skin to fit the leaner, healthier bodies underneath. This tailoring technique is called a "body lift," and is a surgical procedure in which the excess skin of the abdomen and back is removed circumferentially, like an unwanted inner tube. By pulling up the skin of the lower back and abdomen, the sagging skin of the legs and buttocks are hoisted up as well, providing a smoother, more youthful appearance. If needed, excess skin of the inner thigh can also be removed.
Although this may seem like a lot of surgery, in the case of significantly stretched out and sagging skin, surgical removal is the only way to truly tailor and re-drape the skin over the underlying muscles and skeleton. Many patients ask me why they can't just have liposuction or another less-invasive form of cosmetic surgery near Phoenix. Unfortunately, liposuction depends on skin that is already tight and elastic, which "snaps back into place" once fat is removed. While a great procedure in the right patient, liposuction is ineffective on people with loose skin, and can actually worsen their appearance.
After Cosmetic Surgery Near Phoenix
My personal experience with numerous body lift procedures has been very positive, and all of my patients were grateful to rid themselves of their excess, baggy skin. Because every patient has a different pattern of excess skin and a unique underlying body structure, I customize my techniques to achieve the best possible results. By allowing patients to look better, fit into regular clothes, and have better overall hygiene, body lifting can be a life-changing surgery, giving patients a positive new outlook on their appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about what to expect during the recovery process following a body lift, I encourage you to read cosmetic surgery FAQ's (frequently asked questions) about post-operative issues such as care for incisions, time away from work, and ability to engage in exercise and other activities.
Click here to receive a cosmetic consultation, or call (480) 423-1973 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have about body lift procedures. Dr. Cohen welcomes patients from all over Arizona, as well as other states and countries. Dr. Cohen's facility serves Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley.