Body lift surgery is an invasive and potentially radical means of disposing excessive hanging skin. A body lift is common after undergoing an even more drastic procedure such as bariatric surgery or liposuction. Someone considering a body lift may want to consider alternative methods before opting for such a drastic cosmetic surgery.
It's usual for individuals who have lost a lot of weight to have folds of loose skin in multiple areas around their body. In most cases, the skin has been stretched for an extended period of time such as months or even years. Since the skin requires time to regain its elasticity, most surgeons advise to give the body time to heal and rejuvenate itself before opting for a radical procedure such as a body lift.
Many patients who wait for a complete recovery find that it takes as much as one to two years before the skin tightens on its own, although depending on the amount of time the skin was stretched, the firming of the tissue may be limited or possibly permanently lost.
Radiofrequency and Infrared
Unfortunately, if there are large amounts of excessive skin hanging over a variety of areas of the body, a full body lift may be the only viable option of disposing of this tissue. If, however, there are smaller amounts of hanging skin, then other methods may be a better decision. Radiofrequency and infrared treatments stimulate the skin by heating resulting in increased collagen production. This method may also be utilized in conjunction with fat reduction, as the high temperature tends to kill 20 to 30 percent of fat cells.
Laser treatment is similar to radiofrequency and infrared treatment in that it stimulates the skin through heat, although this alternative method has had little success with large areas of excess skin. Its greatest application is through the assistance of liposuction.
Endermologie is an alternative method of skin firming where hand held devices are used to create an intensive massage. This method is most commonly utilized for the treatment of cellulite.
It has been reported that results have been achieved by individuals who have used natural methods of tightening the skin as an alternative to resorting to body lift surgery. It is thought that soy protein, aloe vera and yeast extract possess various ingredients that increase the collagen and elastin production of the body, therefore achieving a firm appearance of the skin. Collagen and elastin are essential components of skin flexibility.
In the similar function of natural products certain foods like coconut, cucumber and tomatoes are believed to contain nutrients that increase skin elasticity.
If the excessive skin is due to rapid fat loss, one method of tightening the skin is to exercise or weight train in an effort to replace the lost fat cells with muscle tissue. This natural method would also provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the body.