J.Timothy Katzen, M.D., F.A.C.S. Prof. Corp.
Certified By American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Procedure : Body Lift

Results shown are specific to each patient and individual results will vary.


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When the body experiences massive weight loss in a short amount of time, this can result in a loss of elasticity in various areas, including the thighs. Although a patient may be at or near his/her ideal weight, he/she oftentimes still has folds of excess skin that are resistant to tightening. In order to correct this undesirable feature, cosmetic plastic surgery can be performed. Based on the amount of excess skin and present, Dr. Katzen will create a personalized treatment plan.

Leg contouring procedures offered:

Crescent Lift: When there is minimal sagging present, this technique may be the best option. The incision starts at the bottom of the panty line, from the inner groin to the back of the leg in a crescent shape. Dr. Katzen then removes fat and skin in order to lift the tissues and achieve a better shape and contour.

Long Incision: This technique is most often performed when patients have excess skin and fat in the thighs. Dr. Katzen first performs liposuction in order to remove stubborn fatty tissue from the thighs. He then makes an incision in the inner thigh from the groin down to the knee, allowing him to tighten the muscles and remove excess skin.

Knee Reduction: Patients who have bulging fat and skin above the knee may find this procedure to be most beneficial. An incision in the shape of a horseshoe on top of the kneecap area is made, which is where fat and skin are removed in order to provide a smoother transition from the thigh to the knee.

Calf Reduction: Thick calves and/or excess skin after massive weight loss can be corrected with liposuction and skin excision. A more toned and slender calf contour can be achieved with this procedure.

Some surgeries may covered by your health insurance. Additional information is available during your consultation.

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