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Question: What's the difference between the body lift and a tummy tuck?
Answer: The tummy tuck addresses loose, hanging abdominal skin and weakened abdominal muscles. Only the abdominal area is treated. The body lift, on the other hand, addresses the excess, sagging skin in the abdomen as well as the back, buttocks and outer thighs. A consultation is the best way to determine which technique can help you to achieve your desired result.
Question: Is gynecomastia surgery basically liposuction?
Answer: Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by enlarged breasts in men. In some cases, the enlarged male breast may be due to excess fatty tissue which can be treated effectively with liposuction alone. However, many cases of gynecomastia involve excess glandular tissue, in which case surgery is needed to excise the tissue. Careful evaluation and examination at consultation will determine whether your condition is caused by excess fat or tissue and which treatment plan will address you specific needs.
Question: I've lost close to 100 pounds and I've become interested in a body lift or other body contouring procedures to fix the excess skin that doesn't seem to want to shrink. The problem is, I know I can't afford it and a complete body lift is definitely not in my budget. What options do I have?
Answer: To accommodate your budget, you and your surgeon can develop and long-term plan to address your total body improvement in stages. The body lift is essentially several techniques such as tummy tuck and thigh lift which are performed at the same time; however, these and other body contouring techniques can certainly be performed separately. In this way, you can address your most worrisome areas first and then treat other areas down the road as your budget allows.
Question: I've lost over 100 pounds in the last five plus years. I've kept it off now for over a year but I've got a ton of loose skin with the worst of it in my upper arms. Are non-surgical skin tightening procedures effective or is surgery needed?
Answer: Typically, after massive weight loss, any significant degree of loose or hanging skin will require surgery. Non-surgical options typically are not effective after extensive weight loss. Surgery is likely the best option for addressing your needs, though a consultation can help to determine an appropriate surgical plan.
Question: I'm interested in getting a body lift to address some sagging skin that just hasn't bounced back after losing nearly 70 pounds. I've also got a lot of stretch marks. Will these be fixed as well?
Answer: Any stretch marks that are located within the area of skin to be excised will be removed as well.
Question: I had gastric bypass nearly ten years ago. I lost a tone of weight and have kept it off but I'm very unhappy with the appearance of my body because of all the excess skin. Is it possible to do body contouring on my whole body all at the same time?
Answer: Body contouring procedures are often performed on patients who have lost significant weight, particularly after weight loss surgery. These procedures can improve excess and sagging skin in the areas like the arms, breasts, abdomen, waist, buttocks and thighs. Body contouring can be performed in stages or all at once. During consultation, we can develop a surgical plan to help address your specific needs.
Question: What is the difference between a body lift and liposuction?
Answer: Liposuction is intended for the removal of excess fat deposits. It is ideal for individuals who are close to or at normal body weight but are bothered by pockets of excess fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise, such as the love handles or abdomen. The body lift addresses excess skin as well and is often performed on patients who have lost significant weight and are left with loose or sagging skin.
Question: What areas of the body are typically targeted with the body lift?
Answer: The body lift is designed to address excess and/or sagging skin, typically on the lower body. Areas commonly treated include the buttocks, groin, inner thigh, outer thigh, posterior thigh, and abdomen which may extend around the sides to the lower back.
Question: I underwent bariatric surgery and lost a ton of weight. What areas of the body can body contouring address?
Answer: Body contouring surgery can address excess, sagging skin and fat and is often performed after major weight loss to improve the shape and tone of the body and restore a normal appearance and smoother contour. Areas of the body which are commonly addressed include the upper arms, breasts, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, and thighs.
Question: I’ve gained and lost over 60 pounds between two pregnancies. My lower body looks the worst with loose skin and stretch marks on my hips and thighs. I’ve had several laser treatments for the stretch marks and nothing has worked. Could a thigh lift or body lift help?
Answer: Stretch marks on the hips and thighs can be improved with a lower body lift to remove excess and damaged skin. The body lift typically improves the buttocks, thighs, hips and tummy and can be particularly helpful for new Moms. The thigh lift will only remove excess thigh skin and thus will not improve the hip area.