A body lift is a surgical procedure that tightens and slims the core of the body.
The Body Lift procedure benefits patients who have undergone a significant amount of weight loss either from diet and exercise or after gastric bypass surgery. The purpose of the Body Lift is to regain a slimming shape and youthful figure.
Most people don’t know that diet and exercise do not always give you back your youthful shape. Often, if excess amounts of fat are lost, the skin is left sagging around the belly and back due to years of lost elasticity. So, even though your core is stronger and you have lost fat, your body still might look saggy and out of shape from the loose skin around your midsection.
What is a Body Lift?
A Body Lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, buttocks, groin and thighs. Body Lifts are not intended for the removal of excess fat alone, liposuction is used to remove fat. A Body Lift is a highly invasive surgical procedure to remove excess sagging fat and skin due to poor skin elasticity. The procedure can also improve dimpled irregular skin or cellulite.
Benefits of a Body Lift
- Excess sagging fat and skin are removed
- Firmer, more youthful-looking body contour
- Improve dimpled, irregular skin by tightening the skin in a circumferential manner
During a Body Lift procedure, we will tighten your abdominal and core muscles in order to sculpt a slimming base underneath your skin. We will then remove the excess skin from your midsection so your body will once again look young and firm.
Our team of trained professionals will direct you during the recovery process to ensure that you heal safely and quickly. We estimate a one to two week recovery period after the Body Lift procedure. You will be fitted with the proper recovery garments and we will follow up to make sure you are healing successfully.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
The surgical procedure is recommended on candidates who have a stable weight and excess soft tissue in the abdomen, hips, butt and thigh regions. Most candidates have lost an extreme amount of weight and are now committed to leading a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
The Body Lift procedure is performed in a surgical center under general anesthesia. The incision pattern for the Body Lift is a circumferential incision around the body to remove the apron of excess skin and fat. Deep support sutures within the underlying tissue will be placed to form a newly shaped contour. Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incision.
Post Procedure & Recovery
After surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions. One or more small thin tubes will be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid. These are temporary drains and will be removed in the office several days following your procedure. You will be given specific instruction on how to care for your surgical site following surgery. Oral medications will aid in the healing to reduce the risk of infection and assist with pain following surgery. You will be monitored with follow up visits and given instruction as to when you can return to normal daily activities including work and exercise.
The smoother tighter contouring results are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising. You will be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks post-surgery to minimize swelling and assist the skin and tissues to heal. Your skin quality will dramatically improve in both appearance and feel. Scars will remain, but will lessen over time with post-surgical treatment protocols.
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*individual results may vary