Major weight loss, whether through surgery or diet/exercise, is highly transformative for patients, leaving them healthier, happier, and more energetic. However, the weight loss is often just the first step in their journey. In many cases, as the body shrinks down to its new, smaller, healthier size, the skin cannot shrink along with it due to a loss of elasticity. The result is excess skin along the face, breast, arms, waist, and thighs that detracts from the new hard-earned physique.
Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Lower Body Lift
Inner Thigh Lift
Because of the poor skin quality in most weight loss patients, liposuction alone is typically not performed due to worsening of the skin laxity. However, many of the above procedures will be combined liposuction to remove fat in combination with skin excision for tightening.
Recovery time will vary depending on the procedures performed. For a body lift, patients generally need about two weeks off from work. Other procedures such as an arm lift or breast lift have a speedier recovery, often getting back to work within the week. Patients need to avoid cardio activity for 4 weeks and avoid lifting more than 15 pounds for 6 weeks. More vigorous activity like push-ups and planks can be started at 2 months. Depending on the surgery performed, a compression garment or bra may be necessary. Many of these procedures require the use of drain tubes that may stay in place for a few weeks depending on fluid output. You will be given antibiotics, pain pills, anti-nausea pills, muscle relaxants, and for some patients, blood thinning shots to cut down on the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots. Although these procedures result in lengthy scars, Dr. Steele will provide optimal scar care instructions to give you the finest scar possible.