If you have successfully achieved your weight loss goals by undergoing gastric surgery, you are probably thrilled to be able to wear regular sizes and to finally be free of the pounds of excess weight that can negatively impact every area of your life – but you are left with aesthetic consequences. Rather than achieving a trim, slim look, you are still forced to wear looser clothing to hide excess hanging skin. This unsightly problem can be resolved with our specialized body contouring procedure.
When hundreds of pounds were lost by undergoing gastric surgery, the body’s skin has typically lost its natural elasticity and cannot spring back. The body is now marred by excess skin in the following body areas:
Upper arms can have large flaps of skin and tissue that hang downward
Breasts can flatten, appear deflated, and hang with nipples pointing downward
The abdomen can have an apron-like section of skin creating an unsightly overhang
The buttocks, thighs, and groin can be left with sagging pockets of skin
To resolve this cosmetic problem and improve your quality of life, a customized body sculpting procedure can be performed. The process involves several plastic surgery techniques, including:
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
Breast lift (mastopexy)
Arm lift (brachioplasty)
Lower body lift
Every person is different, but generally, several procedures will be performed. The basics of the surgeries are as follows:
The “bat wing” appearance of hanging skin is resolved by surgically removing the excess skin. The incision is placed on the underside of the upper arm, extending to the armpit. Some liposuction may be employed to extract any remaining fat before tightening the area. The incision scars are hidden in the underside of the arms which, once healed, are firm, tight, and natural in appearance.
Women (and in some cases, men) can be left with sagging tissue on the upper chest after breast fat has been lost. This condition can be repaired with a breast lift for women, and a surgical removal of excess skin and tissue for men. For women, the breasts often now appear deflated and unattractive. A breast lift will reshape the remaining tissue, so the breasts are round and plump, correct nipple position (and areola size when needed), and raise the breasts on the chest wall to a natural, youthful position.
The skin hanging over the pubic region is often extensive and limits the person’s confidence in removing clothing or pursuing intimate relationships. The procedure may involve liposuction to remove any remaining pockets of fat, and then excising the excess skin and tissue to create a slim contour to the waist, back, and love handles. Once healed, your lower abdomen will appear firm and natural.
This procedure addresses excess skin and tissue on the buttocks and thighs. The incisions are placed on the inner section of the leg, extending to the knee. Once healed, the incisions are hidden. Tightening the buttocks involves making an incision above the buttocks and then tightening the zone so the buttocks are firm and smoothed. Our Chicago liposuction may be needed to remove excess fat as well.
These are uncertain, challenging times for the world, our country, our community, our patients and our staff. The health and safety of our patients and employees will always be our top priority. We translate our values into actions that define us; caring for our patients is our number one goal, and your safety is our success.
As we continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 in the U.S., we have also been following the local current events very closely as it pertains to medical practices and our professional responsibility during this time.
Although we would love to help you achieve your aesthetic goals we will be revising our schedule starting the week of March 23rd 2020. We will move to a very limited schedule in order to provide you with the safest care possible and to better protect our staff. Dr. Kotis will only see patients as needed until further notice. We will continue to observe cautious protocols.
We appreciate your patience as we work together to ensure we are providing the most optimal clinical safety precautions and care.
Be well and stay safe!