Lifting puts the sagging skin back under tension.

Lifting corrects sagging skin on the face and body. The surgeon removes the skin and then tightens it with a reduction in excess skin.

Causes of sagging skin

The skin can sag mainly due to natural ageing but also due to body changes following pregnancy or heavy weight loss. In fact, the skin is an elastic organ that has the property of being able to stretch and shrink at will.

Skin sagging due to age

Over time, the collagen and elastin fibres that ensure the renewal of skin cells become fragile. The dermis becomes thinner, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes less firm. The slackening is first muscular and then cutaneous, leading to excess skin and sagging downwards due to gravity.

Relaxed skin after pregnancy

A few months after the pregnancy, the woman may have regained her weight, but her body has changed. Stretched out for nine months and then contracted after birth, the skin gradually regains its firmness, but traces may remain, especially on the chest and stomach. The chest loses firmness and the variations in size experienced during pregnancy leave after-effects, especially if the woman has been breastfeeding. Like the chest, the firmness of the belly is altered by pregnancy. The skin is more flabby and it is difficult to find a belly that is as flat as it was before pregnancy.

Excess skin after significant weight loss

When there is excess weight, the skin stretches to adapt to the new silhouette. As you lose weight, the opposite happens, the skin surface shrinks. When the number of kilos lost is considerable, excess skin may remain all around the body. When the excess skin is significant, the only solution is to have a lifting. If there is an excess of fat, liposuction must first be performed before the actual lifting.

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Face and neck lifting

The facelift most often treats the face as a whole. An exclusive neck lift is rare, as it is most often associated with a facelift. Drooping eyelids can be treated separately from the rest of the face.

The cervico-facial lift

The cervico-facial lift allows rejuvenation with a natural effect. The aim of the operation is to restore the different anatomical structures of the figure (skin, muscles).

  • Mini-facial lift: This facelift is suitable for people who present the beginning of slackening of the oval of the face and neck. Recovery is faster than for a classic facelift.
  • Full face and neck lift: The surgeon treats the entire face (forehead, temples and eyebrows, cheeks, jowls, oval) and neck.

Depending on the extent of skin slackening, a distinction is made between :

  • The subcutaneous lifting: It only treats the skin without deep action. This facelift is rather recommended for people who have a very important cutaneous excess.
  • The submuscular facelift: It tightens the muscle layer and the skin.

Upper eyelid lift

The eyelid lift corrects sagging skin, when the upper eyelids begin to show signs of weakness and droop over the eye, forming a cap-like appearance with a drooping eyebrow tail.

Skin sagging also affects the lower eyelid, but less pronounced.

Breast Lifting

The breast lift firms a bust characterized by a distension of the skin supporting the breast and associated with a glandular and fatty melting that varies according to the woman.

It is common to combine a breast lift with other breast procedures: As we age, the mammary gland diminishes in volume and the skin becomes slack. In the latter case, breast prostheses are generally associated with a breast lift.

When sagging breasts are caused by too large breasts, a breast reduction is performed in addition to a breast lift.

Body Lifting

It is possible to remove excess skin on a specific area of the body or all around the body. This is called a body lift.

Brachioplasty (arm)

The arm lift tightens the skin on the inner side of the arms. From the forties onwards, the skin on the arms tends to slacken in women. It becomes soft and flabby. This sagging becomes more pronounced after significant weight loss. Very often, the main motivation for an operation is to be able to strip the arms without having a complex.

Abdominal plasty

The tummy lift removes excess skin that falls in the form of an unsightly fold, sometimes beyond the pubis, down to the thighs.

Sagging skin (abdominal apron) may be associated with excess fat or abdominal muscle spacing of congenital origin or following a caesarean section. Incidentally, the tummy tuck also treats numerous stretch marks or even scars.

Cruroplasty (thighs)

The thigh lift removes the excess skin on the inner side of the thighs, in the upper part of the thighs.

The slackening of the thigh skin either from natural ageing or from significant weight loss. The surgeon takes into account the morphology of the thighs, in particular the importance of the fat excess, the quality of the skin and the muscle tone.

The buttock lift

The buttock lift removes excess skin and fat to improve the contour of the waist, hips and buttocks.

Due to aging, after childbirth or weight loss, the buttocks may sag. This sagging of the muscles and underlying fat tissue causes the rounded appearance of the buttocks to disappear. The result is a lack of volume in the upper buttocks and an excess of volume in the lower buttocks.

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