Also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, upper arms, back, chin and neck.
By and large, body contouring procedures to correct the cosmetic defects remaining after massive weight loss (MWL) are modeled on classic cosmetic surgery procedures. The basic anatomy in an MWL (I will define as a weight loss of about 50 pounds, though others may have a different definition) patient is no different from a non-MWL patient. However, there are special considerations, and procedures must be modified to achieve optimum, safe results.
Brachioplasty, or upper arm lift, is a contouring procedure designed to sculpt the upper arm. Brachioplasty involves surgically removing the excess skin and fat, usually between the underarm (axilla), and elbow. The deep strength layers are also tightened and liposuction is frequently performed at the same time.