The results of extreme weight loss can be redundant skin of the abdomen, hips and buttocks in a circumferential manner. An abdominoplasty combined with a gluteoplasty is performed in one operation. Combined with liposuction, a continuous incision is made around the body to remove excess tissue, tighten muscles and restore contour to the torso.
A complete lower body lift is often performed after a person has udnergone massive weight reduction. The procedure treats sagging buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs in one procedure or in staged procedures. Incision patterns vary, and may include a circumferential incision around the body to remove the “belt” of excess skin and fat. All body contouring procedures require incisions to remove excess skin.
These incisions may be rather extensive. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as Dr. Peterson’s judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.
How many procedures are needed?
Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your particular condition and goals, as well as your plastic surgeon’s best judgment, will all influence how your doctor defines a surgical plan.