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Removing Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Excess skin often plagues those who've lost weight. New procedures that can remove skin from more than just the stomach are helping these patients to really look their best.

Following significant weight loss, patients are typically left with excess skin that no amount of exercise can tackle. The only option for these patients is cosmetic surgery to remove the extra skin and fat. Depending on the extent of the excess skin, different procedures are available to remedy the problem and get people the body they've worked so hard for.

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Actual Body Lift Results of Dr. Paul Vitenas


As Dr. Drew Ordon describes today on The Doctors, after fat is lost, there is no longer anything there to fill out the skin and it hangs loose. Procedures like tummy tuck and body lift are available to remove skin around the midsection, and arm lifts and breast lifts and reductions help with those areas.

Dr. Paul Vitenas, a Houston plastic surgeon who specializes in body lifts and other body contouring procedures says that he began performing full body lifts when he wasn't pleased with the results of the traditional tummy tuck and liposuction combination.
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Actual Body Lift Results of Dr. Paul Vitenas


The body lift procedure differs by stretching around to the back to provide patients with a better waist line. Skin is not removed from the stomach only, but also all the way around so that the incision actually spans the whole of the midsection. As Dr. Vitenas describes, "A body lift is an absolutely wonderful procedure. It's very powerful, and can give a woman back her waistline and give her a nice S-curve to her hips and waist. It balances both the front and the back. That is very important and when you see the pictures of the body lifts that we have it's really a transformative process."

A body lift is a serious surgery with significant down time. Depending on the patient's need, the procedure may take 4-6 hours. Recovery takes about 2 weeks and patients will typically need to wear compression garments. Returning to strenuous activities will typically take 4-6 weeks. Talk to your physician about whether you are an appropriate candidate for this surgery.
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Actual Body Lift Results of Dr. Paul Vitenas