In most procedures, an incision is made in the least obvious part of the area to be trimmed. Excess skin is removed, and the area is then sutured together with fine stitches to minimize scarring. Removing excess skin around the face or neck after weight loss is similar to a traditional facelift, except that more skin is removed. As a result, incisions need to be planned carefully. One incision is made in front of the ears, and another follows the hairline. Combined procedures are also carried out by our well trained and experienced surgeons. The combination of surgeries can be done at the same time, provided that safety criteria are met. An upper body lift may combine surgery on the arms, back and chest.
A lower body lift may combine surgery on the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks. Planning for upper or lower body lifts is tailored to the individual patient. The plastic surgeon and patient discuss the exact procedures that will be combined. All contouring surgeries are performed in the hospital under general anesthesia. Most require a one- to four-night stay in the hospital, so that tubes can be placed to drain excess fluid from the wound. Medications are also given to control pain and discomfort. Keep in mind that factors such as the specific procedures performed, your general health, your type of work and your lifestyle will influence the amount of time you spend in the hospital and away from work, along with activity restrictions.