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Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Body contouring can remove excess skin after significant weight loss. Emory Aesthetic Center can help you look and feel your best.Whether from changes in diet and exercise or as a result of a bariatric surgery procedure, loosing a large amount of weight is an incredibly challenging and rewarding accomplishment to be celebrated. But what if you still aren’t happy with the way you look? Often, after losing a substantial amount of weight, you’re left with excess skin that hides your results and can leave you feeling self-conscious.

Some concerns we hear from men and women alike are:

  • “My stomach skin hangs down.”
  • “My arms flop around and hang. I don’t feel comfortable in a short-sleeve shirt.”
  • “My inner thighs are so loose and saggy, I don’t like to wear shorts.”
  • “What happened to my bottom? It just melted away!”

Complaints about the chest area are also common. Women can feel as if their breasts have melted away and hang low. Men can be uncomfortable if their chest hangs almost like they have breasts.

But you’ve worked too hard throughout your weight loss journey to stop now. If any of these concerns ring true for you, it’s time to talk with a plastic surgeon about body contouring .

Body contouring procedures

Since weight loss tends to follow certain patterns, there are common problem areas for sagging skin including:


Loose skin in the front of the abdominal (stomach) area can hang down like an apron. Sometimes the looseness is only in the front of the tummy area, but it can also extend to the sides and back. In severe cases, there can also be a second roll of skin in the mid-abdomen, above the larger fold.

A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) can tighten and smooth the abdomen by removing excess skin. It can also rejuvenate the pubic area. The scars for a tummy tuck are typically very low, where your undergarments or a bathing suit can hide them.


Loose, hanging skin, sometimes referred to by patients as “bat wings,” is another common complaint after weight loss. An arm lift (Brachioplasty) can tighten the skin between the shoulder and the elbow. And in extreme cases, it may need to extend past the elbow and into the forearm.


Loss of volume in the breast area can lead to low-hanging tissue.

Women often think their breasts are too small after weight loss. A breast lift can restore size and shape so that breast implants  are not needed.

Men may need liposuction or a skin-removing procedure to tighten their chests.


Outer thigh looseness can be treated along with the abdomen when a tummy tuck is extended to include lateral thigh or even buttock lifting — often referred to as a lower body lift.

The loose skin of the inner thigh is usually treated at a separate stage, and involves an incision that extends from the groin area toward the knee.


An upper body lift can dramatically improve sagging in your back, including back rolls. The scar for an upper body lift extends from one side of the back to the other where a bra or bathing suit top can hide it. Or, it can run along the side of the trunk where your arms can hide it when they’re down at your sides.


A neck lift (or lower face and neck lift) can best address sagging in the neck area. Doctors can usually hide the scars around the back of your ear and under your chin.

Combining body contouring procedures

If you choose to treat several areas, a staged approach may be necessary for your safety and to get the best results. For example, you may choose to have a tummy tuck and arm lift in one stage. Then, after a few months, undergo a breast and thigh lift. An added advantage of a staged approach is that it provides the opportunity (at a later stage) to revise or “touch up” a previously treated area, if needed.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’ve experienced significant weight loss, the expert surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center can help you determine which procedures, or combination of procedures, can help you feel and look your best.

Or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule your personal consultation

‘Brazilian Butt Lift’: What Exactly Is It?

Learn about the different options available for buttock augmentation, such as the Brazilian butt lift, at Emory Aesthetic Center.In Brazil, the female derriere has long been appreciated and buttock cosmetic surgery is very popular. Several techniques, often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, currently used worldwide for buttock enhancement were developed or refined by Brazilian plastic surgeons.

“Brazilian butt lift” is a popular search term on Google, but it isn’t just one procedure. It’s a common name for several different procedures that can result in a shapelier, firmer backside. More technical terms are “buttock augmentation” or even “gluteoplasty” — which both simply mean aesthetic improvement of the buttock area.

Buttock Enhancement Options

The best option for you depends on your anatomy, shape and desired results:

Liposuction with or without fat grafting

Liposuction of the back and hip area alone (sometimes called “liposculpture”), can sculpt the body in a way that enhances the buttock without surgery. Fat from liposuction can also be used as a filler to reshape the buttock in a procedure called fat grafting or fat transfer. Fat grafting or a fat transfer involves taking fatty tissue from another area of the body using liposuction, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs, and using it to add natural-looking volume to the buttocks.

Gluteal implants

If you don’t have enough fat for grafting, placement of a silicone gel implant may be an option. The procedure involves your doctor making a cut just above the buttock crease where the implant is inserted and placed under the muscle.

Lower body lift

A lower body lift involves removal of skin and fat in the upper gluteal area (just below the waist) and can be especially helpful if you have excess or stretched skin from losing a lot of weight.
The fat your doctor removes can then be used to reshape your hips.

More important than the naming of a Brazilian butt lift, as liposculpture or as gluteoplasty is to make sure that your surgeon knows how to match the right procedure to the right candidate. A good assessment of your body’s anatomy, skin quality and fat distribution is crucial to determine the right combination. The highly skilled team at Emory Aesthetic Center will carefully evaluate you and help you define the best options for your body.

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Boosting Your Buttocks: What You Need To Know

bottom250x250Up until a few years ago, requests for surgery to change one’s buttocks were few and far between, and in fact, a decade or so ago it was more common to have a request to reduce the buttocks than to enlarge or lift them. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2014 (the most recent year in which statistics are currently available), buttock augmentation procedures increased by an impressive 86.1% year over year.

It is interesting to speculate on why this shift is occurring. There is no doubt that having better surgical techniques and improved results over time has played a factor. There has also been the growing influence from South and Central America where the desired aesthetic has always focused on buttock shape. And even the influence of certain celebrities has had an effect . . . think Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez.

The vast majority of patients that come into our office seeking buttock augmentation are asking about the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. This is a term that is a source of amusement to my Brazilian plastic surgeon colleagues as it is not a term they use. For us in the U.S., this term has become synonymous with buttock enhancement using one’s own fat to create a fuller, more rounded shape to the buttock, and doesn’t require synthetic implants. Unlike Brazil, in the U.S. we don’t have implants specifically available for buttock enhancement as an alternative to fat grafts, as none of the implants have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This can be a source of frustration for some patients who have too little fat to provide adequate volume of grafts, as there are currently few additional options.

To be a good candidate for buttock enhancement a patient needs to be of a healthy weight, typically with a body mass index, or BMI, of 32 or less. You must have enough fat on other areas of the body to “harvest” the fat through liposuction. This provides a great benefit for buttock enhancement – not only do you get improvement in the buttocks, but other areas like the tummy, thighs, and love handles can be improved at the same time. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, so you’ll go home the same day, but you will need to have a responsible adult with you for the first 24-48 hours. Many normal activities (such as driving) are typically comfortable after 7-10 days, and most patients are able to start light exercise within 3-4 weeks, sometimes sooner. The scars are generally very small – about a quarter of an inch – for typical liposuction plus fat grafting. Not infrequently, patients may combine fat grafting to the buttocks with a tummy tuck, in which case the tummy tuck incision would obviously be longer.

While the majority of patients coming to see us are interested in boosting their buttocks, there are special circumstances when we might suggest other options. For instance, if a patient has lost a large amount of weight through lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery, then he or she might be a good candidate for a buttock lift which not only adds volume to the flattened buttocks, but which directly lifts the tissues by excising skin above the buttocks, a procedure which is often combined with a tummy tuck and thigh lift.

If you think that enhancing the buttocks might be for you, come see one of the board certified physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center for a complimentary consultation. We’ll take a close look at your medical history and the amount of tissue that is available for harvesting to see if you are a good candidate for surgery. We’ll explain the process in detail, and what you as an individual might expect to achieve with the procedure.


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Takeaways from Dr. Anderson’s “Body Lifts – Everything from the Breasts, Buttock, Thighs and More” Live Chat

body-lifts260x200 (2)Thank you to everyone who joined us for the live web chat hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Erica Anderson. Dr. Anderson discussed body lifts and how they can improve your shape and tone, and raise sagging body contours. She answered questions about body lifting procedures—including the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttock, breasts and more.

Get more info and see more of Dr. Anderson’s answers by checking out the chat transcript!

Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s live chat:

Question: What would be the benefit of getting a thigh lift vs just getting lipo in that area? Is the lift used to tighten the skin?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: The thigh lift tightens the skin and would be required if there is excess skin. Liposuction is appropriate for someone who has excess fat but not loose skin. Loose skin will not be resolved through liposuction.


Question: For loose skin on thighs & legs from weight loss, how much scarring is left, and where is the scarring? Would it be visible in swimwear, or other summer-type clothing?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Great question. Typically, the scars appear on the inner thigh and the back of the hip. We design these scars so they aren’t visible in swimwear.


Is there such a thing as minimally invasive lifts? I could use a breast lift, but I am not too excited about the scars that may be left behind.

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: The short-scar breast lift is available. It results in a “lolipop” scar pattern as opposed to the traditional “anchor” scar. The lolipop scar is much smaller and more discreet than a normal breast lift scar. To see if you are a candidate for the short-scar technique, feel free to come in for an evaluation.


Question: How long is the recovery time after a breast lift procedure?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Recovery from a breast lift is relatively short, pain is minimal, and there are few physical restrictions. You would likely need a week off from work, but would be able to care for yourself at home.


Question: How often do the results of a lift procedure not come out as expected?

anderson-ericaDr. Anderson: Rarely do results not meet our patients’ expectations. If that ever were the case, our team here at the Emory Aesthetic Center would work with you to achieve your desired result. One way to make sure your expectations are met is to have detailed conversations with your surgeon about YOUR expectations and desired outcomes.
If you missed this informative chat with Dr. Anderson, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the web transcript. Be sure to visit our website for more information about body lifting procedures.

If you have any questions for the doctor, do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comments area below.

Dr. Anderson to Host Live Chat on Body Lifts – Everything from the Breasts, Buttock, Thighs and More

body-liftsA body lift can improve your shape and tone, and raise sagging body contours. It can be applied to many different parts of your body based on your area of concern – the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttock, breasts and more. Join Dr. Erica Anderson of the Emory Aesthetic Center on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from Noon – 1 p.m. as she discusses the different types of lift procedures available to you. If you are considering a body lift to just one or more of your body parts, join our live chat to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step.
Dr. Anderson will be available to answer all of your questions such as:

· What are the different types of body lifts offered to me?
· What can a body lift surgery do for my figure?
· How long is the recovery time after a body lift?
· Does the body lift leave scars?
· What types of results can I expect to see?
· What is the benefit of having my lift performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?

Body Lifts Chat

Butt Lifts, Butt Augmentation & Brazilian Butt Lifts – What are the Differences?

Butt Implants, Butt Lift, Butt AugmentationMany different and inconsistent terms are used to describe the various procedures to improve buttock contour, shape and volume. Terms like “Brazilian Butt Lift,” “butt lift,” “buttock enhancement,” “butt implants,” and “buttock augmentation” are sometimes used in different ways by different people causing confusion. Let’s see if I can help clear up any misunderstandings.

Essentially, there are two different types of procedures that can help achieve desired derrière results, those options being either to add volume to the buttocks (butt augmentation or butt implants) or to lift the buttocks (butt lift surgery).

Butt Augmentation / Enhancement

Buttock augmentation (sometimes called buttock enhancement) is when volume is added to the buttocks either using your own tissue or using an implant. The most common procedure that we use involves removing some of your fat from another area of the body by liposuction, gently preparing the harvested fat, and then injecting the fat into the buttock. This type of “fat grafting” or “fat transfer” procedure makes only tiny scars and has a generally rapid recovery time. And because your own tissue is being used, the results look very natural. The best candidates for fat grafting are those who have other areas where they would like liposuction (a double benefit!), and who have normal skin elasticity.

In some rare cases, individuals with significant loss of volume may benefit from augmentation by a flap technique. Flap techniques require longer incisions as a section of tissue (the flap) is rotated from the area of the love handles into the area of the buttocks. Buttock augmentation with implants, while more common in Brazil, is rare in the United States because of limited options of approved implants.

Butt Lift

A “buttock lift” is often used to describe the fat grafting procedures mentioned above – and indeed adding volume gives an overall impression of a lift – however, technically a “butt lift” involves removing some skin (and usually fat, too) from the area of the love handles. By removing the tissue above the buttock, the skin of the buttock is moved upwards and tightened – hence a lift. While such an excisional lifting procedure does require a much longer scar than a fat grafting procedure, a full lift can improve both the contour and the skin quality of the buttock area, such as minimizing some depressions or pits. The best candidates for an excisional buttock lift are those who have loose skin of the buttock, flank, and lower back area with a droopy buttock. Commonly these procedures are combined with abdominoplasty because individuals with laxity posteriorly will often have laxity in the front as well.

In some cases buttock augmentation and a buttock lift are combined. For example, you might feel that you need additional volume in the butt area, yet the looseness of your skin is such that volume alone may not give the shape you desire. In this situation, fat grafting can be combined with an excisional lift. Another common example of combined procedure occurs in patients who have achieved significant weight loss either from diet and exercise or from a bariatric procedure such as a gastric bypass. In patients with such extensive weight loss, skin laxity and volume loss to the buttock is often extensive, and a surgical lift can be combined with a flap or fat transfer.

While adding volume to the buttocks is an increasingly popular procedure in the United States, some patients feel that their buttocks are too full and out of balance to their figure. While liposuction can be used to decrease buttock fullness, a word of caution is in order; liposuction alone may lead to undesired droopiness of the butt area. But in many cases, the sense of fullness can be improved by reducing the fullness of areas immediately adjacent to the buttocks, in order to bring the buttock into better balance with the surrounding areas.

Brazilian Butt Lift

Finally, I’d like to address the term “Brazilian butt lift”. The term is frequently used in America, but it is neither a well-defined term nor a term that Brazilian plastic surgeons use themselves. Brazilian surgeons deserve credit for developing the art of buttock augmentation, and both fat grafting and buttock implants are common techniques that are used depending on specific patient anatomy and patient preferences. In Brazil, surgeons can select from a wide variety of implants specifically designed for use in the buttock area, while in the United States because of the limited options of approved implants, the procedure is not as frequently used.

But no matter what your desired result, trying to figure out which buttock procedure is right for you does not have to be confusing. The long and the short of it is to not worry about the terms, but rather let the surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center help you figure out the right procedure so that you can get the result that you really want. You can always call us with questions as well, at: 404-778-6880.

About Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS
Dr. Felmont EavesDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta to serve as Medical Director of the Emory Aesthetic Center, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Author: Felmont Eaves, III, MD, FACS

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