A marked increase in the number of bariatric procedures in the United States has started affecting plastic surgery volumes according to the press release by the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS). Body contouring procedures including abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, breast lifts and arm lifts grew at the fastest rate in 2014. The trend in growth is expected to continue. In 2013 almost 500 bariatric procedures were performed every day in the United States.
Of the body contouring procedures, thigh lifts and arm lifts had the highest increase in five years, both up by 90%. Nevertheless, abdominoplasties and mastopexy procedures continue to increase in volume as well. Having said this, Dr. Agullo believes that the main surgery performed in his practice after massive weight loss is the circumferential body lift or lower body lift.
After massive weight loss procedures patients experience an improvement in health, often curing related health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. A large amount of weight loss does result in excess skin and other problems such as skin rashes and difficulties in mobility. Oftentimes body contouring procedures after massive weight loss are key in the improvement of quality of life and part of the transformation of these patients.
At Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Agullo specializes in multiple body contouring procedures, or “total body lifts”, which can be combined in a single procedure. Using the latest techniques and strict safety guidelines, Dr. Agullo is able to offer combinations of upper arm lifts, breast lifts, excision of back folds, circumferential abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, and face lifts in one setting. This can only be achieved by an experienced team.
Some of the procedures are covered by insurance due to the morbidity caused by the occurrence of skin infections in the infra-abdominal folds. The most often covered procedure is panniculectomy, which removes the excess skin and tissue below the lower abdominal fold.
In 2014 approximately 45,000 patients underwent body-contouring procedures after massive weight loss in the United States. Dr. Agullo has noticed an increasing number of patients seeking body contouring procedures after massive weight loss at Southwest Plastic Surgery as well. By offering both CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit, many patients are able to finance their procedures, thus making it more feasible.
If you or a loved have experienced massive weight loss and wish to improve your body contour give us a call today.
Something strange happens as we age, and that is the loss of skin elasticity. Even the strongest man or woman in the world might find themselves with extra skin underneath the arms, particularly in the triceps area. Moms know they have superhuman strength from lifting their babies and children, but somehow gravity does little to back this up; after a certain age range.
You may have heard many terms for the “arm flab” just underneath the biceps. Some call them “Bat Wings” and Oprah calls them “Ham Hocks”. There’s even a new term called “Bye Bye Arms”. All of these derogatory terms refer to the flaps of skin and fat that keep waving long after you wave goodbye! Even those who are considered fit, or at least, not fat, may notice this problem as the skin loses its firmness.
Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM can get your arms back in top condition! Through either a brachioplasty
– which is also known as an upper arm lift – or liposuction
, the skin underneath the arms can be liposuctioned and trimmed. This is especially great for people who may have lost significant weight, or who have mid-to-moderate underarm sagging.
Another alternative procedure has also come into the limelight. It’s called “Vanquish” and works best for people who still have good skin elasticity, but who have some fat excess they want to get rid of. Vanquish is minimally invasive and can be done in about an hour, per arm. It does not hurt and patients can leave and return to their regular day-to-day activities by the next day!
One last “arm flab” solution at Agullo Plastic Surgery is done through the use of ultrasound technology. Ulthera is a device that uses magnetic pulses and different frequencies to tighten the skin. This option is great for people who don’t have a lot of fat, but who just want to tighten up the underarm areas to eliminate those Bat Wings. Ulthera works by stimulating the collagen in the affected zones. Patients may see a substantial reduction in the arm circumference over a period of several treatments. The warm sensation is also soothing and relaxing, with no pain or downtime, plus no worry about damaging the underlying nerves.
Dr. Agullo is a board-certified, award-winning plastic surgeon who can help you get your arm flab under control, so you can feel confident again wearing sundresses, beachwear and other favorite summer styles! Call 915-590-7900 to schedule a consultation and see if any of these arm reduction solutions are right for you.