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With more and more people undergoing bariatric surgery and weight loss, skin removal procedures are becoming increasingly popular. Weight loss can lead to areas of loose, hanging skin around the arms and thighs. As well as this, factors such as genetics, health, and the natural ageing process are common reasons for skin laxity in these areas.

The excess skin removal procedure is designed to reduce, shape, and tighten the tissue around the thighs and arms. During excess skin removal, we address both fatty deposits through liposuction as well as excess skin through surgical excision. Both men and women can achieve tighter, firmer skin, according to their personalised surgical plan.

Excess Skin RemovalWho is a good candidate?

Good candidates for skin removal are usually people who have undergone significant weight loss and wish to remove their excess skin and fat pockets. The surgery is also common for people who have loose skin around the arms and thighs as a result of genetics or the natural ageing process. The procedure can remove this excess tissue in order to achieve the patient’s desired results. Therefore, if you have excess skin or fat pockets around the upper arms and thighs, you may be a good candidate for excess skin removal.

Ideal candidates for this procedure are non-smokers, physically healthy, and have maintained a stable weight and diet for at least six months. A consultation with body sculpting specialist, Dr Bish, will help establish your suitability for skin removal and a suitable surgical plan to treat your concerns.

 

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Excess Skin RemovalBenefits of surgery

After achieving significant weight loss, many people find that their skin remains loose and does not go back into place. Some people may wish to remove this excess skin for aesthetic reasons, as well as functional and health reasons. In addition to weight loss, genetic factors, age, and general health can cause the skin around the arms and legs to become loose. Excess skin removal can address these issues, with the following benefits:

  • Removes drooping skin on the upper arms
  • Reduces sagging on the inner thighs
  • Corrects irritation caused by excess skin, such as chafing and rashes
  • Improves your body shape and contour
  • Promotes confidence in your outward appearance

Patients should understand that the results of the surgery are not guaranteed and will depend on individual factors such as the extent of excess skin and the patient’s desired results.

Your personal consultation

Before your procedure, get personalised guidance from highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Bish Soliman. With a wealth of specialised knowledge, he will ensure you receive the best treatment for your body, health, and ideal outcomes. Book your personal consultation to receive:e:

  • In-depth information about your desired procedure
  • Personalised advice from Dr Soliman
  • A customised treatment plan tailored to your needs

Excess Skin RemovalThe procedure

The specifics of this procedure can vary from patient to patient, depending on the size of the targeted areas and the amount of skin to be removed. A number of techniques can be applied to reduce and tighten the tissue in common problem areas, including the upper arms and upper thighs. The surgery is performed in a hospital using general anaesthesia.

Arm Lift(brachioplasty)

An arm lift, also known as an arm reduction or brachioplasty, is designed to remove excess skin and fat between the elbow and the shoulder to reshape and contour the upper arm. Dr Bish will mark the area of loose skin to be removed, then make an incision from the armpit downwards towards the elbow. Incisions are placed carefully in locations that can be concealed with clothing. The procedure takes 3 hours to complete and usually requires an overnight stay.

Thigh Lift(thigh lipectomy)

During a thigh lift lipectomy, the incision is often made on the inner thigh, the groin crease, or a combination. Dr Bish designs the incisions in a way that they can be concealed when the legs are together. You can discuss which surgical method is right for you during your consultation.

Excess Skin RemovalAfter the surgery

Following your excess skin removal surgery, your incisions will be covered and a compression garment should be worn for four to six weeks to alleviate swelling. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight. You should have a friend or family member there with you to drive you from the hospital and ensure you get home safely.

After a brachioplasty, arm and shoulder exercises should be limited for two weeks post-surgery to allow for your wounds to heal. Any strenuous activities should be postponed for six weeks. You should take two weeks off work to recover from your surgery.

After a thigh lift (thigh lipectomy), gentle walking is encouraged for the first two weeks. Strenuous activities should be postponed for six weeks. You should take two to three weeks off work to recover from your surgery. After your wounds fully heal, you will be able to see the full results of your excess skin removal and enjoy a firmer, smoother body contour.

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Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in complex microsurgical reconstruction including breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

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Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.

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Next Steps

Do your Research

  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read the risks and complications page
  • Visit our procedure pages and Blogs to learn more about your intended procedure

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Bish
  • Take notes during the consultation and review all the documents provided
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider your options
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear comfortable clothes

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Call us to find out more about surgery pricing and how you can pay for your surgery
  • Request more information about your procedure – call or contact us.

How to Book Your Consultation

  • A GP Medical Referral is now essential to see Dr Bish Soliman for any type of surgery.
  • You can book your consultation with Dr Bish Soliman by paying the consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

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