Weight Loss & Bariatric
Dr. Alexander has vast experience treating weight loss and bariatric patients. He has performed hundreds of these procedures and understands the special conditions and necessities related to patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Deciding to undergo any body lift surgery is a balance of compromises; the resulting scar necessary for the excision vs. the benefits of the procedure.
Beltectomy (Back Lift or Extended Tummy Tuck)
Standard tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin from the patient’s abdomen, but when the problem extends around the body, Dr. Alexander may need to perform a beltectomy or “extended tummy tuck.” Beltectomy is the operation used to remove large amounts of skin and fat from the lower backside of the torso and the hips. The incision is made on the lower back just above the buttocks. It is, as said before, a tummy tuck that extends around the back of the body. procedure can create an entirely new contour of the patient’s back, and it is designed primarily for men or women who have achieved significant weight loss and are left with loose and unsightly skin. This procedure is performed with general anesthesia. Your satisfaction with beltectomy surgery is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic. Following this procedure, ybody will be more proportioned and your clothes will fit better.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
After substantial weight loss, weight gain, or simply from the effects of aging, the skin on the upper arms can become loose and flabby. Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, involves removing and trimming away this excess skin. The extra skin is removed using an incision along the inner arm. The length and shape of the incision depend upon the amount of excess skin needed to be removed. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction for better results. Arm lift patients will see an instant improvement in the shape and size of their arms, and results will continue to improve as the arms heal during recovery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper legs. Rippling and excess skin in the thighs can be caused by various factors, such as aging, gravity, and major weight loss. The procedure involves removing excessive skin in the thighs and then lifting and tightening the remaining skin. The length and shape of the incision depend upon the amount of excess skin needing to be removed and the patient’s skin texture and strength. When only a small amount of skin needs to be removed, Dr. Alexander will make an incision in the groin beneath the bikini line, and in moderate to severe cases the scar may be taken vertically down the inner side of the leg. The thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia. Recovery requires about three to four weeks of downtime before the patient can resume normal activities.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designated to improve the shape of the midsection. The conventional tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens weakened or separated muscles of the abdomen wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Although tummy tuck surgery leaves a permanent scar, which can extend from hipbone to hipbone, abdominoplasty produces dramatic and excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles and/or stretched skin. The scar can easily be hidden beneath underwear or swimwear. After surgery, the patient has a flatter and trimmer abdomen. Scars are permanent but will fade with time.
If you are interested in undergoing body lift surgery or any other procedure, please contact our North Miami or Broward County offices. Our highly experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Alexander, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery. Feel free to contact our office at 954-589-0722 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Timothy Alexander.