Gary A. Vela, M.D. is a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon who is able to offer his patients a variety of body contouring procedures that help them to eliminate the signs of ageing and get rid of excess skin, often from weight loss, that may make them feel less confident. There are a number of procedures that fall under the body contouring umbrella, including all of the following.
The Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks, which are also known as abdominoplasty procedures, are intended to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. The end result is a tightened abdomen, with the procedure also being able to restore weakened and separated muscles. It is not a replacement for exercise and good dietary habits, plus it may not be effective in removing stretch marks.
Also known as mastopexy, breast lifts will raise the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin around the breasts. This procedure is favored by women who have experienced reshaping of their breasts, by it through pregnancy, weight loss or another means. It is not the same as breast augmentation and patients will not experience any significant enlarging or shrinking of the breasts.
Extreme weight loss can result in sagging skin, particularly under the arms. This procedure, also referred to as brachioplasty, removes this excess skin and tightens the supporting tissues in the arms. In most cases it the procedure is complete in a couple of hours, leaving minimal scarring.