Body lift surgery is a procedure that focuses on improving the shape and tone of the tissues that support the fat and skin. Additionally, it removes excess skin and fat to create a shapelier silhouette. It is not a weight loss procedure. Instead, it is intended to address areas of sagging skin, particularly in the buttocks, thighs, and stomach.
Combining Multiple Surgical Procedures
A body lift may include many different surgeries in one procedure. Your surgery may include a tummy tuck, buttock lift, thigh lift, and arm lift or any combination of these procedures. These procedures are exclusively for patients looking to address poor skin elasticity and sagging skin. Body lift surgery is not appropriate as a weight loss surgery. However, it may be combined with liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat along with excess skin.
Are You a Good Candidate?
There are many factors that may contribute to poor skin elasticity. These include aging, genetics, extreme weight loss, and pregnancy. If you are experiencing significant sagging in the body, then you may be a candidate for surgery if you are also relatively healthy and within about 10-20 pounds of your ideal weight. Good candidates also do not smoke and will maintain a healthy lifestyle following your surgery. Finally, you should have realistic expectations of what surgery can and cannot do. This is where a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon can be particularly beneficial.
What Can You Expect from Body Lift Surgery?
The doctor will often use a bikini incision. This incision allows access to the abdomen, waist, thigh, and groin in one procedure. Excess skin will be removed and deep sutures in underlying tissues will support the new contours that the doctor has shaped.
What Kind of Recovery Can You Expect?
Body lifts are usually outpatient surgeries. However, recovery will require several follow-up visits with your physician as well as several weeks of rest at home. You may need someone to help with caring for your surgical wounds as well as completing chores around the house for the first few weeks after your surgery.
You will see dramatic results from surgery almost immediately, but it can take up to several months you to see the complete results. Under the care of Dr. Peter Kay at Perfection Plastic Surgery, you can expect your surgery to be completely customized to your needs. Our whole team will ensure that you are ready for the recovery process before your surgery takes place, and we will provide ongoing support to help you love your new body.