Introduction to Body Contouring

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Dr. Connall performed this lower body lift, which included liposuction of the outer thighs and augmentation of the buttocks. Over 10 pounds of tissue was removed and the torso was sculpted leaving a scar in the low-rise bikini line.

An increasing number of patients are requesting body contouring to remove excess skin remaining after massive weight loss. These types of procedures are in high demand. Whether you are unable to lose the weight with diet and exercise alone or you have excess skin from massive weight loss, body contouring could work for you. 

Problems with Excess Skin

Losing a large amount of weight (100+ lbs.) as a result of weight loss surgery or through diet and exercise is a major accomplishment. After such a success, some people are left with large amounts of heavy, loose folds of skin around the abdomen, arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks and face. Skin can sag and lose elasticity which can result in rashes and other skin irritations in those folds of the skin. In addition, excess skin can be a cosmetic issue.

People who have had such significant weight loss generally have a more positive outlook and image of themselves and may want to remove the excess skin to complete their new look. Body-contouring plastic surgery may be the solution.

Areas of Body Contouring

Listed below are the areas of the body most often treated through body contouring after significant weight loss. We will work with you to identify which procedures will work best for you.

Abdomen: Also known as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles.

Buttocks/upper thighs: A body lift is a procedure to remove skin and lift the thighs and buttocks.

Thighs: A thigh lift removes excess skin from the upper leg.

Breasts: A number of breast procedures are available, including breast lift with or Arms: A brachioplasty (arm contouring) removes excess skin from the arm.

Face and neck: A face lift will remove excess skin around the face and/or neck.

A combination of surgeries may be done at the same time, as long as safety can be maintained. An "upper body lift" may include a combination of surgeries to the arms, back, and breasts/chest.

A "lower body lift" may include combination surgeries to the hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.  Interested in learning more? Request a consultation with Dr. Connall at our Portland, Oregon office.

Related Topics

~ Tummy Tuck A tummy tuck is great for treating skin excess & laxity of the abdomen & is an option for some patients considering a lower body lift.
~ Body-Jet Liposuction Body-Jet liposuction is used with buttock fat grafting surgery. Additional body-jet liposuction of the abdomen and flanks may also be considered by Brazilian buttock lift candidates.
~ Lower Body Lift Some Body-Jet liposuction patients have excessive skin at the abdomen and flanks. A lower body lift treats the entire waistline and surrounding areas.
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