Monday March 10, 2014
em>Loose Skin After Weight LossPhoto ©Millicent Odunze
Four weeks ago a woman came to me for a consult about her loose skin. She'd undergone weight loss surgery twice and had been stable at her weight for the past 7-8 years. She had hanging skin of her abdomen, floppy skin of her arms and thighs, and sagging skin of her back that piled up at the top of her butt making her look like she had a much bigger rear than she really had.
So when she came to me expressing her dissatisfaction with her physique, she thought she knew what the solution would be - liposuction! She thought all she needed was some more fat removal and she'd be good to go. After a lengthy discussion, she learned that liposuction was indeed not the solution and that she needed surgery to remove the skin if she indeed wanted an improved body contour. I performed the first stage of her transformation, a body lift, last week! My encounter with her alerted me to how the wrong information or how a lack of information may be circulating in the massive/huge weight-loss community.
So in the upcoming weeks, the blog will focus on why skin becomes loose after massive weight loss, as well as the different body parts (breasts, arms, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, back) and how they can be improved with surgery after significant weight loss.
Monday February 24, 2014
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A new more lightweight breast implant is in the works. The Govrin brothers, one a plastic surgeon and one a biomedical engineer, have invented a new breast implant that is 30 percent lighter than its conventional counterparts. The thought behind the more lightweight implant is that less is more. The heavier the breast implant the more it can stretch the skin and cause ptosis or sagging of the breasts after a prolonged period. The manufacturers of the B-lite implants believe it is not the size of the implant, but the weight which is responsible for a large part of these side effects. The B-lite implant supposedly helps to slow this skin-stretching process by weighing more than 30 percent less than its conventional counterpart.
So when do these implants come onto the market? For more information: Lightweight Breast Implants: Taking the Weight Off Of Your Chest
Monday February 17, 2014
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Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It usually offers a predictable result and takes away unwanted excess fat.
Liposuction patients come in two categories. There are those who are at a reasonable weight for their height, eat healthily and exercise regularly who have a little extra in certain areas. Then there are those who are admittedly overweight or obese who want to look better and are may be looking for a "jumpstart."
Either way, liposuction is not without risk. Liposuction is indeed surgery. Most people escape serious complications such as infection, fat embolism, blood clots, and death. Indentations or craters and lumps while less serious are also possible complications that can contribute to botched liposuction.
Avoiding botched liposuction is a two-sided effort. The surgeon has to be skilled and have techniques to avoid too much fat removal. The patient has to be a good candidate - loose skin and skin with decreased elasticity or skin that already has cellulite or dimples and/or stretch marks is going to be more prone to contour irregularities, no matter how good your surgeon is!
Friday January 31, 2014
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Are you thinking about getting really big or extra-large breast implants? You know, implants so big they rival the size of your head! You may want to think twice, literally and figuratively!
For more about really big breast implants: The Case Against Really Big Breast Implants.