Dr. Dean Kane Answers Question Regarding Skin Laxity Correction

Q: Is it possible to tighten loose body skin with J-Plasma/Bodytite without liposuction? I had Vaser lipo twice (one was a correction), and my body is in good shape but I ended up having loose skin on my flanks. I am really into fitness/bodybuilding and the time off that comes with liposuction is a lot to me. The flaccid skin distracts from my overall physique. I have minimally loose skin on my sides and I have heard the downtime for Bodytite/Jplasma is minimal. However, I am not sure if these procedures can be done without having liposuction (I don’t have much body fat).

A: After the age of 30,  the restoration of collagen providing support to the skin and all surrounding tissues diminishes. This leads to:

1.            skin laxity, ie crepiness and wrinkles, and
2.            soft tissue laxity, ie folds of skin and descent of fat and all other glands, muscles and organs.
 
During the healing process of skin, following liposuction and lifts like facelift or tummy tuck, the skin will swell and begin a thickening process but it is the aim of the body to heal the injury, ie. the cut tissues not firm the adjacent top skin layer.
 
The skin as a fabric requires focused collagen stimulation using:
 
1.            Non-surgical: retinoids
2.            Minimally invasive: Sculptra, J Plasma, ThermiTight, chemical peels and laser
In other words, exercise will not tighten skin, and liposuction will thin the volume under the skin but not directly firm, contract, tighten and collagenize the “crepey” skin you desire.
 
Without a in-person evaluation, I cannot offer you what is best for you, so consult with a well skilled Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who offers these treatments so you may best understand what is best for you.
 
I wish you all the best!

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