Many different factors have a negative impact on skin, the main ones being natural aging of course, pregnancy and weight fluctuations. These factors contribute to skin laxity, which can become an issue in different areas, especially in the face where skin is thinner and more fragile and later on in the breast’s skin envelope and the inner side of the upper arms. Every type of lifting technique is essentially the act of skin resection tailored to the treatment area. Here is how it differs for each problematic area.
Face lift to treat facial aging signs
The face lift is the most requested type of lift. It involves tightening up the skin through discreet incisions in order to alleviate wrinkles. The face lift often takes the form of a cervico-facial lift, which treats the lower third of the face as well as the neck to alleviate wrinkles, neck ‘bands’ and jowls.
Breast lift (or mastopexia) to treat breast ptosis
Over time, after pregnancy or massive weight loss, the breasts can lose firmness, shape and tone, which makes them sag. Depending on the patient’s goals, it is possible to lift up the breasts and tighten up their skin envelope to rejuvenate their appearance, restore their projection and roundness. This procedure of breast lift lasts 2 to 3 hours and it can be combined to a breast augmentation if volume is needed to achieve the expected result.
Arm lift (or brachioplasty) to treat ‘bat wings’
The shape of the arms can also be significantly distorted by skin laxity, especially after massive weight loss, creating a ‘bat wings’ appearance between the upper arm and the thorax. The arm lift often associates skin resection and liposuction to remove excess tissue (skin and fat) and restore normal proportions in the arms area.