You’d be surprised what seemingly unrelated cosmetic surgery procedures have in common with each other. The techniques that are successfully used to perform one cosmetic procedure are transferred over to other plastic surgeries to create similar effects on different areas of the body. A tummy tuck and a brow lift are both achieved through a very similar technique that involves stretching the skin to create a firm surface.
During a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, excess skin that collects in the midsection, most often after weight loss and pregnancy, is tightened to make the belly more firm. Muscles and tissue in the abdominal wall are also tightened to further flatten the surface. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat cells before the remaining skin is tightened over the surface and reattached.
Similarly, a brow lift, also called a forehead lift or browplasty, is performed to remove excess or sagging skin around the forehead, although the excess skin is usually the result of gravity and natural aging. Brow lifts are commonly performed in conjunction with a facelift, which also removes excess skin and unwanted fat cells from around the perimeter of the face to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Skin tightening procedures in general are becoming increasingly popular as a way to get rid of extra fat deposits and tighten up aging skin at the same time. A neck lift, eyelid lift, and even a buttock lift can all be performed similarly to help firm up other areas of the body.
More About Loose Skin
Weight loss and gravity aren’t the only culprits behind sagging skin. Age, and specifically the age of your skin, plays a major role in its increasingly loose and thin appearance as we get older.
The speed at which skin cells regenerate themselves slows down as we age. New skin cells form at the base of the skin’s top layer, called the epidermis, about every two weeks when we’re in our teens and twenties, but by the time most people hit their mid-thirties, the speed at which skin cells regenerate themselves slows down to about four weeks. This trend continues as we age, giving skin an older appearance because the dead and aging skin cells at the skin’s surface aren’t lost or replaced as quickly.
Lost collagen and elastin is also responsible for sagging and thinning skin as we age. Collagen and elastin are found in the next layer of the skin, called the dermis, and are responsible for the skin’s ability to spring back into place after it’s stretched out as we move around. Our skin looses elasticity over time, but some of this can be replaced with collagen injections and related treatments. A skin tightening surgery is a more permanent procedure with lasting, obvious results.