Getting Rid of Excess Skin After Pregnancy or Weight Loss

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, gets lots of inquiries about how to tighten skin after pregnancy or a significant weight loss.  While there are lots of claims on the internet that certain lotions and potions can “firm and tighten”, the reality is that most of these products don’t offer the results that people are truly seeking.

Excessive weight gain, whether it is through pregnancy or accumulated over the years, can significantly stretch the skin. Once the weight is lost (or the baby is born and the rest of the pregnancy weight is shed), the skin may not be as taut as it once was.  The best way to get rid of excess, sagging skin is through surgery.  Skin excision surgery is common and may be done in combination with liposuction.

Removing excess skin can be done in many places on the body:

Arm Lift and Arm Liposuction: Many people (even those who have not gained extra weight) suffer from excess skin in the upper arms (“bat wings”).  If fat is the main issue, liposuction can be done and the skin may contract without the need for skin removal.  For those with too much loose skin, removal is done so that the scar is placed inside the arm (against the body), above the elbow, so it is not visible from the front or back. If there is only a small amount of loose skin, the skin removal can often be confined to or near the armpit.

Abdomen Surgery / Tummy Tuck: Dr. Perkins can remove skin in the abdominal area in a “mini tummy tuck” procedure.  The incision is done at the upper edge of the pubic hair line so it can be hidden. If need be, the incision can be extended far to the sides (a “tummy tuck”) to avoid a “dog ear” pooch of the skin and the abdominal muscles are sewn together to further flatten the lower abdomen.

Leg Liposuction / Thigh Lift: Loose skin on the legs most often occurs in the inner thigh area. Liposuction can be done to remove any excess fat (as the inner thigh can be a “trouble” spot and some may prefer to have liposuction along with skin removal) and the skin removal is done through incisions in the groin and upper thigh area that can be hidden with underwear or a bathing suit.

Getting rid of excess skin is a great way to give a person a new shape – or re-store an old one!

Make an appointment to see Dr. Perkins in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center by calling 805.563.0000. 

Ask Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins – Financing Your Cosmetic Procedure

Do you have questions about a cosmetic procedure or our cosmetic services? Dr. Terry J. Perkins of Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara is happy to address any of your questions or concerns. Send us an email and we’ll be sure to feature your question soon!

Q. I have been interested in having a face lift for a long time. What has been stopping me is that we just don’t seem to have the money when the time seems right. What do you suggest to patients who are in a situation like mine?

A. I understand your concerns especially in these economic times. Many patients feel it is still a priority to maintain themselves and one solution that we offer is the CareCredit plan. What we like about CareCredit is that it offers two types of payment plans: no interest (if paid within the promotional period) and low interest. CareCredit can be used multiple times for other procedures and it does not affect your insurance coverage in any way. In addition, CareCredit can be used for you and your entire family at over 90,000 participating health care practices including: dentistry, vision care, veterinary medicine and more. For more information, visit CareCredit. You can apply for it in our office, online at http://www.carecredit.com/ or by phone at 1-800-365-8295.