Excess weight may be treated by a healthy diet and physical exercise. But sometimes, the weight is so much that it interferes with physical exercise and creates a vicious circle that makes it impossible to lose weight.
Bariatric surgery has proven its reliability and makes it possible to quickly lose a significant amount of weight.
With the loss of weight, there is sometimes extra skin. Unfortunately, diet and physical exercise will not solve this problem, and the only alternative is body-contouring surgery.
There are common areas for these awkward skin excesses. The table below summarises them and identifies their respective treatment:
arms: arm lift (arm and thigh surgery)
thigh: thighplasty (arm and thigh surgery)
breast: mastopexy (correction of mammary ptosis)
abdomen, buttocks and thigh body lift
These surgeries may be combined with liposuction in cases of localised fat deposits.
Be aware that this surgery replaces a problem (excess skin) with another (relatively long scars). In general, patients prefer to get rid of excess skin and simply tolerate the scars.
A body lift is a surgical technique that makes it possible to remove excess skin in the abdomen and buttocks, during a single operation. It involves a long operation of approximately 3-4 hours. The scars are circumferential, passing over the pubis and the waistline and then above the buttocks, where they may be hidden under a bathing suit. The result is a dramatic improvement of the contour of the affected areas: a flat abdomen and buttocks with a less pronounced gluteal fold and a larger, lifted appearance due to the transposition of tissue upwards.