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Changing Lives Through Chest Contouring Torsoplasty
Posted by Dr. Dadvand June 19, 2023
As a plastic surgeon, I am privileged to witness countless transformative journeys in my patients’ lives. One such case that stands out is that of a remarkable 51-year-old patient who had successfully shed an astounding 126 pounds. However, despite the weight loss, he still struggled with residual fullness and the consequences of previous surgeries. It was my honor to guide him through a chest contouring torsoplasty to restore his confidence and provide him with a chest he could be proud of.
Patient Torsoplasty Evaluation
Upon evaluating the patient, I immediately recognized the impact of his previous surgeries, which had omitted free nipple grafts, resulting in excessive breast tissue and an unsatisfactory chest contour. To address these concerns comprehensively, my goal was not only to remove the unwanted breast tissue and improve the scars but also to tackle the issue of excess skin throughout the upper body.
The complexity of this case necessitated a torsoplasty, which involved chest contouring and an upper body lift, as well as what many call ‘back lift surgery’. To ensure optimal results, I carefully marked the areas where incisions would be made, taking into account scar placement and visibility.
Considering Previous Surgeries and Scarring
Revision surgeries often present unique challenges, as they require working with existing scars. In this case, I carefully considered the patient’s previous lower scar, aiming to minimize its visibility. By positioning the new incision below the existing scar, I could elevate it to a higher position during the closure. This approach not only allowed for an improved scar but also eliminated the appearance of multiple scars.
Upon completing the circumferential upper body lift, the results were truly remarkable. The patient’s lower half appeared significantly smoother, devoid of the previous fullness and excess skin. The repositioning of the scars created a natural alignment with the back, eliminating the incongruity around the belly button area.
Moreover, I restored the position of the nipples without needing to physically relocate them. By excising excess tissue and meticulously closing the incisions, I achieved a balanced and aesthetically pleasing result, ensuring that the nipples were at the appropriate height.
Remarkable Torsoplasty Results Complements Weight Loss
For this patient, the chest contouring torsoplasty marked the culmination of his weight loss journey. His newfound sense of pride and confidence is incredibly rewarding. The elimination of excess skin not only provided a more toned and contoured chest but also freed him from the need for compression garments. Check out my video on this patient and his surgery for before and after pictures and a full rundown of the torsoplasty procedure.
One aspect that deeply humbles me as a surgeon is the trust patients place in me, especially when they travel great distances for my care. In this particular case, the patient journeyed all the way from New York to Los Angeles. Such trust is a privilege that I cherish, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my patients.
If you’re struggling with excess skin or fullness and are considering surgery, contact my office and schedule a consultation to see how I can help.