Many men and women who lose a lot of weight can’t fully appreciate their progress because of the excess skin that remains on their abdomen, arms and thighs. At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, experienced plastic surgeon Jan Garcia, Jr., MD, reduces extra fat and skin on your core with lipectomy surgery and contours your curves for a better body shape. To consult with Dr. Garcia about a lipectomy, call Plastic Surgery Arts Center or book an appointment online today.

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A lipectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin from your abdomen, lower back, arms, and thighs. The procedure is similar to a tummy tuck and can improve body contouring after significant weight loss.

During a lipectomy of the arms and thighs, Dr. Garcia makes an incision around your upper arms or upper medial thighs where fatty deposits linger. He removes skin and fat from the area before stitching the remaining skin back together.

After you recover, you’ll enjoy a more appealing, contoured arm or leg shape with tighter skin.

The benefits of getting a lipectomy to go beyond a simple improvement in the shape of your arms and thighs. Folds of excess fat and skin often cause discomfort and other unexpected issues that a lipectomy helps treat as well.

Benefits of lipectomy surgery include:

  • Alleviation of discomfort
  • Fewer instances of rashes, chafing, and ulcers between skin folds
  • Easier hygiene

Many people experience a boost in self-esteem and an improvement in their sex life after a lipectomy of the abdomen, arms, and thighs.

How should I prepare for my upcoming lipectomy?

If he decides you can proceed with a lipectomy surgery based on your current health and goals for treatment, Dr. Garcia gives you specific preparation instructions to follow leading up to your surgery.

To maximize your chances of a successful procedure, you must:

  • Make sure your weight is stable
  • Quit smoking several weeks prior
  • Stop taking certain medications and blood thinners
  • Stop eating at midnight before the day of your surgery

Before your procedure, Dr. Garcia tests your heart rate, breathing patterns, and blood to ensure that you’re physically ready. An anesthesiologist watches these factors as your surgery occurs to be sure that you’re safe, pain-free, and relaxed.

Excessive skin can discourage you from continuing your healthy habits after a drastic weight loss. To be proud of your progress and see the full results of lipectomy surgery, call Plastic Surgery Arts Center or book your consultation online today.