Body Lifting

Advances in the science of weight loss, as well as the increased availability of bariatric surgery, have made massive weight loss more attainable than ever before. We are all familiar with the inspirational stories of people who transform their bodies and their lives through hard work and sacrifice. However, for many people who undergo significant weight loss, the excess stretched skin and fatty deposits that are left behind can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Dr. Mathew Mosher offers body lifting to help Vancouver, British Columbia weight loss patients to complete their journey to a new body.

Body lifting procedures are significant surgeries. In order to be considered a candidate for one of these procedures, you need to be in optimal health. If you smoke,  have other poorly controlled medical conditions or have a Body Mass Index over 32, body lifting procedures will not be offered.

To find out more about your options for body contouring after weight loss, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Mosher at YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley. He and his compassionate, experienced staff will help you to fully understand all of your surgical and nonsurgical options for image enhancement.

Dr. Matthew Mosher

Dr. Mathew Mosher

Royal College-Certified Plastic Surgeon

As the Medical Director at YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Mosher takes great pride in helping patients understand their procedures, explaining the details and answering questions so that they are confident in their choices. Dr. Mosher and the rest of the experienced team at YES take a personalised approach to patient care utilizing experience and expertise sets them apart.

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Arm Lift

Excess, hanging skin and fat in the upper arm area can cause discomfort, chafing, and difficulty finding clothes that fit. Some people are genetically predisposed to carrying excess fat in the upper arm, but for the most part, this “wiggly” upper arm or “batwing” appearance results from the overstretched skin and soft tissue left after significant weight loss. Strengthening the underlying muscle unfortunately has little or no effect on the looseness or overlying wrinkles. Dr. Mosher performs arm lift surgery to improve the shape, tone and proportion of the upper arms.

For most patients undergoing an arm lift, there is a desire for improvements extending from the armpit down to the elbow. This procedure requires an incision that runs along the inside of the upper arm and starting from a “T” pattern in the armpit.  Depending on the location and the amount of excess skin and fat, the scar may need to extend part way or all the way to the elbow. This achieves a reduced circumference, improved tone and smoothness of the upper arm. The scar is visible only when the arm is lifted away from the body.  This procedure is commonly referred to as a Brachioplasty and often is combined with liposuction to the posterior arm  and adjacent areas if necessary for futher shape improvements.

A Short-scar or Limited Brachioplasty may be an option for those with good skin tone and less need for circumferential arm tightening.  In this case, the incision can be hidden in the armpit. A small volume liposuction procedure is often recommended at the same time to decrease the bulk of the upper arm, further define the shoulder muscles or improve the arm shape. Further improvements to skin laxity and wrinkles can be achieved in selected patients using our Medspa laser or radiofrequency tightening devices.

In some cases, improved upper arm shape can be achieved with liposuction alone.   Smartlipo™ is particularly helpful for achieving these refined shape improvements and is associated with a faster recovery than traditional liposuction techniques. When this is recommended,  no skin is removed, and only a few small incisions are made near the elbow and the armpit crease.

Thigh Lift

Loose, sagging skin and fat on the thighs is a problem for many Vancouver, British Columbia weight loss patients. This condition is not only embarrassing, but it can also cause painful irritation and chafing. Dr. Mosher performs thigh lift surgery to reduce the bulk of this excess skin and fat, giving the upper legs a more pleasing contour.

Incisions for Inner or Medial Thigh Lift surgery are well concealed in the natural folds of the groin and extend around to the buttock crease. The achieves good improvement to the upper one-third of the inner thigh. For patients with looseness extending to the middle or lower thirds of the thigh, an Extended Inner Thigh Lift is sometimes warranted. This involves a scar that extends from the groin part way or all the way to the knee. The final scar resides where your pant seam would occur. Outer Thigh Lift surgery is rarely necessary or offered as longer term results are frequently disappointing. All of these procedures involve reducing excess tissue and tightening the remaining skin to refine the shape of the thighs and to create a more toned appearance. Dr. Mosher will thoroughly discuss your thigh lift options and help you to decide whether you need thigh lift surgery, liposuction or a combination of these two procedures.

Other common procedures after a large weight loss include breast lifttummy tuck, and facelift surgery.

Recovery from Body Lifting Procedures

Recovery time will vary depending on the extent of the procedure or procedures you undergo. Each procedure, Smartlipo, Liposuction, Arm Lift, and Inner Thigh Lift are performed as outpatient procedures. Combining procedures on different areas of the body may or may not be recommended. This will be determined during consultation. After your surgery, you will wear a compression garment for approximately two weeks, which helps with healing and comfort. Our team will monitor your recovery very carefully and will advise you as to when you can resume your normal activities. Most patients return to work in 2-3 weeks and return to exercise in 4-6 weeks.

Alternative Options

At YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre, we offer a broad range of highly effective non-surgical options that you can choose instead of, or in addition to, surgery:

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You have worked hard to lose weight, and you deserve to enjoy the results of your hard work. To learn more about your body lifting options, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Mosher at YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley. Or you can call his office at (604) 888-9378 to schedule an appointment at your convenience.

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