Excess skin removal
What is Excess skin removal?
As a person ages or after weight loss, excess skin can be annoying and unsightly. Removal of excess skin from the abdominal area, face and neck are covered in the abdominal reshaping and facelifting sections. Removal of excess skin in the inner arms and legs is possible with a brachioplasty (arm lift) or thigh lift respectively. The trade off is the resultant scars that are usually located in a similar position to the seams on clothing.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
There are no non-surgical options for removal of excess skin. If the area is predominantly fatty (as opposed to having excess skin), liposuction may be applicable or can be used in addition to skin removal. Skin removal and redraping (pulling the skin and the underlying supportive structures tight) aims to improve the contour of the arms, legs, face and neck.
How long do the results last for?
The results are often life long, although these can be impacted by significant weight change, gravity and ageing.
What are the risks?
Bleeding and infection are risks, like in any surgery. Rarely these complications require a return to theatre. A seroma, or collection of the fluid that the body produces in response to the surgery, is not uncommon. This can be drained once a week at the clinic, until it disappears. The surgeries are usually done on both sides of the body, and slight asymmetries may be evident as each side of the body is naturally asymmetric and will therefore behave differently.
What are the success rates?
These operations are excellent at removing the excess skin and recontouring areas.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £5,500 for an arm lift under general anaesthetic
What general advice is there?
A good compression garment is advised after surgery. This holds the shape and form of the area and prevents fluid accumulating whilst the scar tissue is consolidating. Gentle sporting activity can be introduced after two weeks with more physical activity beginning again at six weeks.
Facts for Excess skin removal
- Surgery duration: 1.5-3 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 1 night
- Time off work: 1 week
- Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 2
- Pain management: Simple pain relief with tramadol at night
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