Lifting corrects loose skin on the face and body. The surgeon removes the skin and then tightens it with a reduction of the excess skin.
The causes of sagging skin
The skin can sag mainly because of the natural aging but also because of the changes of the body following a pregnancy or a major loss of weight. Indeed, the skin is an elastic organ that has the property of being able to stretch and shrink.
Age-related skin sagging
Over time, the collagen and elastin fibers that renew skin cells become fragile. The dermis is thinner and the skin loses its elasticity and becomes less firm. The sagging starts in the muscles then the skin, resulting in excess, loose folds.
Sagging skin after pregnancy
A few months after the pregnancy, the woman may found that her weight and her body have changed. Stretched for nine months then contracted after birth, the skin gradually resumes its firmness but remain traces may remain especially on the breast and belly. The breasts lose their firmness and size after pregnancy especially if the woman has breastfed. Like the breast, the firmness of the belly is altered by pregnancy. The skin is more loose and it is difficult to find a stomach as flat as it was before pregnancy.
Excess skin after significant weight loss
When there is excess weight, the skin stretches to fit the new silhouette. When losing weight, the opposite happens, the skin surface narrows. When the number of kilos lost is considerable, there may be an excess of skin all around the body.
When the excess skin is important, the only solution is to have a lifting. If there is excess fat, you must have a liposuction first before proceeding with the actual lifting.
Face and neck lifting
The lifting most often deals with the face as a whole. The exclusive neck lift is rare because it is most often associated with a facelift. The drooping eyelids can be treated separately from the rest of the body.
The cervicofacial lifting allows rejuvenating with a natural effect. The purpose of the procedure is to restore the various anatomical structures of the body (skin, muscles).
Depending on the importance of loose skin, we offer:
The lifting of the upper eyelids
- Mini-lifting facial: This lifting is suitable for people who have a beginning of loosening of the contour of the face and neck. Recovery is faster than that of a classic lifting
- Total face and neck lifting: The surgeon treats the entire face (forehead, temples and eyebrows, cheeks, jowls, oval) and neck.
- Subcutaneous lifting: It only treats the skin without deep action. This lifting is rather recommended for people who have a very significant excess of skin.
- Sub muscular lifting: It tightens the muscle layer and the skin.
- The eyelid lifting corrects sagging skin, when the upper eyelids begin to show signs of weakness and drop on the eye forming a cap shape, with a falling eyebrow tail. Loose skin also affects the lower eyelid but it is less pronounced.
The breastlifting firms a breast characterized by a distension of the skin supporting the breast and associated with a variable glandular and fat melt depending on the woman.
It is common to combine a breast lifting with other procedures of the breast: As you get older, the mammary gland decreases in volume and the skin becomes weakened. In the latter case, breast prostheses are usually associated with a breast lift.
When the sagging of the breasts is caused by an excessive volume of the breasts, a breast reduction is done in addition to lifting of the breasts.
It is possible to remove excess skin on a specific area of the body or all around the body. We then talk about body lift.
The arm lifting tightens the skin of the inner side of the arms. By the forties, the skin of the arms tends to weaken in women, leaving the skin loose. This is accentuated after a significant weight loss. Very often, the main motivation of a procedure, it is to be able to expose your arms without being embarassed.
Belly lifting removes excess skin that forms an unsightly flap, usually above the pubis even on the thighs.
Skin slackening (abdominal apron) may be associated with excess fat or congenital abdominal muscle spacing or caesarean section. Incidentally, the lifting of the belly also deals with many stretch marks, even scars.
The lifting of the thighs tightens the skin of the upper, internal area of the buttocks.
The loosening of the skin of the thighs is due to natural aging or significant weight loss. The surgeon takes into account the morphology of the thighs, including the importance of fat overload, the quality of the skin and muscle tone.
The buttock lifting removes excess skin and fat to improve the contour of the waist, hips and buttocks.
Due to aging, after childbirth or weight loss, the buttocks may sag. This loosing of the muscles and the underlying adipose tissue removes the rounded aspect of the buttocks. This results in a lack of volume in the upper part of the buttocks and an excess of volume in the lower part of the buttocks.
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