It’s easy to feel like you’re still stuck in your old body after weight loss or pregnancy if you have excess skin. Skin doesn’t necessarily go away along with the fat cells we lose through diet, exercise, or weight-loss surgery. Skin that has stretched during weight gain often loses its ability to retract due to lack of collagen and elastin. Genetics, age, sun exposure, lifestyle, and the extent of the stretching can all determine your skin’s ability to “bounce back” after being stretched.
In addition to concealing your svelte shape, excess skin can make you feel self-conscious. It can interfere with the way you look undressed, the way clothing fits, and the way your body feels. You don’t have to live with the feeling that you’re stuck with excess sagging skin. At Boutinic Aesthetics, we offer excess skin removal surgeries in Miami designed to help patients feel comfortable in their bodies.
If you’re struggling with excess skin that isn’t retracting on its own, it may be time to consider having excess skin surgically removed to achieve the sleeker, tighter look you want. Our patients enjoy a state-of-the-art surgical clinic in South Florida with a team of board-certified surgeons offering 40 years of collective experience. Take a look at everything you need to know about excess skin removal surgery in Miami.
What Is Excess Skin Removal Surgery?
Several surgical options exist for removing excess skin. When you visit Boutinic Aesthetics for a consultation, our surgeons will help you determine the best strategy for achieving the aesthetic look you desire. Procedures can be used to address excess skin in the midsection, abdomen, arms, legs, torso, buttocks, and more. It’s even possible to combine skin removal surgery with sculpting and contouring procedures to help “build” a defined shape that’s more aligned with your physique after weight loss.
Benefits of Excess Skin Removal Surgery
Removing excess skin helps people to feel confident in their bodies. It can be disappointing to discover that your skin hasn’t “bounced back” following weight loss. Excess loose skin that preserves the outline of the extra weight you used to carry can be a painful reminder. It can also rob you of the sleek, contoured body you want.
In addition to allowing you to feel more confident in your body, skin removal surgery can also help you to love the way clothing fits again. Excess skin can make it difficult to wear clothing in your “true” size because it conceals your true figure. Excess skin can also make you feel uncomfortable while wearing certain clothing styles due to rubbing and compression. Skin removal surgery can prevent the painful chafing and rashes that are commonly caused by loose skin rubbing together.
Is Excess Skin Removal Surgery Right for You?
An ideal candidate for excess skin removal surgery is someone who has already reached their goal weight. Ideally, you will have remained at a stable weight for at least six to nine months. In addition, a candidate should be in good general health. This ensures that you can undergo surgery without risks for complications.
As a candidate for skin removal surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations when it comes to what results will look like for you. Many people enjoy what they consider to be life-changing results from this procedure. However, skin removal surgery isn’t intended to provide you with a “perfect” body overnight. This procedure simply contours and tightens your current shape.
In addition, candidates must be aware that visible scars that can be seen when wearing swimsuits and some garments are likely. Finally, a skin removal surgery candidate should have the ability to take time off for proper recovery. It’s often necessary to wear compression garments for several weeks following surgery.
Excess Skin Removal Surgeries
A skin removal procedure is designed to create custom results based on your body. Patients can opt for upper-body skin removal, lower-body skin removal, or a comprehensive procedure that includes both. Here’s a rundown of surgeries often included in a skin removal procedure:
- Panniculectomy: The skin “apron” that is commonly left hanging just below the belly button following weight loss is called a pannus. During a panniculectomy, the skin apron is removed to reveal a firmer, flatter torso. This procedure uses an incision just above the pubic bone.
- Thigh and Buttock Lift: This procedure addresses excess skin gathered around the thighs and buttocks. It can help to create a fitter, slimmer look in the lower body. Surgeons generally select incision spots located near the groin, low on the hips, or within the natural crease of the buttocks in order to reduce scar visibility.
- Arm Lift: Using an incision along the underside of the upper arm, this procedure shapes and lifts the arms by removing excess skin and fat.
- Back Lift: Also known as the “bra line” lift, this procedure is designed to remove excess skin that causes bra rolls in the upper back. It’s usually combined with liposuction to create a slimming contour.
- Breast Lift: For patients dealing with sagging breast skin following weight loss, a breast lift can help to reshape and “firm up” the breasts by removing extra skin. Implants or augmentation can also be used to restore lost volume, shape, or symmetry.
One of the most popular skin removal procedures is something called a full lower body lift. Also called a circumferential body lift, this procedure simultaneously tightens skin and tissue on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
A single long incision placed above the hip bone is made around the entire circumference of the body to remove skin around the entire torso. Tissue is lifted for a firm, contoured appearance. For patients seeking a full upper body lift procedure, combining the arm lift, back lift, and breast lift can tighten and shape the full upper body.
Scarring After Skin Removal Surgery
Patients should generally expect some scarring after healing from skin removal surgery. However, even “permanent” incision scars can be expected to fade considerably after surgery. The extent of your scarring will depend on the removal procedures chosen. Surgeons make every effort to use discreet placement of incisions. They often follow natural lines and creases that will conceal scarring. Some scars might be visible when wearing certain types of clothing. Others might only be noticeable when wearing swimsuits.
Excess Skin Removal Surgery Cost
The cost for skin removal surgery in a single area of the body often ranges from $4,000 to $6,000. Costs to combine skin removal in several areas of the body can reach between $8,000 and $17,000. With so many variables contributing to excess skin removal surgery costs in Miami, the best way to get an accurate estimate is to book a consultation.
The Boutinic Aesthetics team will be happy to help you explore your options for skin removal surgery in Miami. Our clinic provides state-of-the-art surgical care focused on providing each client with personalized results. We provide flexible financing for all procedures. Discover what shedding those self-conscious feelings about excess skin on your body can feel like! Contact Boutinic Aesthetics at (305) 504-8628 today for a consultation!