Reconstructive procedures which involve changing the shape of the body can involve surgical excision of the excess fatty tissue and skin. Many times this occurs after a great deal of weight loss and especially after gastric bypass surgery. As weight loss occurs, some skin areas undergo adequate skin contracture. Although, many areas maintain significant excess skin with redundancy and chronic skin irritation can occur. If conservative medical management does not provide relief, surgical excision is recommended. Abdominoplasty, or Panniculectomy, is a common reconstructive body procedure that involves surgical excision of the excess skin of the abdominal area. A "full" Abdominoplasty allows for elevation of the entire abdominal skin and removal of virtually all of the skin and fatty tissue from the umbilicus and the pubic region. An incision around the umbilicus is also required. A "Body Lift" incorporates a "full" Abdominoplasty and excision of the skin of the hips and upper buttocks. When excess skin continues in the upper arm area, a Brachioplasty is performed. If skin continues in the medial or lateral thigh areas, a Thighplasty is performed. Excess skin can be seen in many other areas and planned surgical excision can be done based on the skin excess.

       Body reconstruction can also be done for many other reasons. Tumor excision, trauma, congenital deformities, burn injury, infection, and developmental abnormalities can all be causes to undergo reconstructive body procedures. Depending on the nature and site of the involved area, outpatient or inpatient surgery will be planned.

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