The end of a journey
The weight loss journey can be a struggle, both physically and emotionally. People who lose dramatic amounts of weight often find that they still don’t have the physique they desire, with sagging skin and deposits of fat obscuring the new contours of their body. However, the body lift can be tailored to meet a person’s unique aesthetic needs, and it includes a variety of contouring procedures.
Body Lift Candidates
If you are considering a body lift, then you should have met and maintained your weight loss goal; additional weight loss or weight gain after surgery can impact the quality of your results. People considering weight loss surgery should be in good health and should not have diabetes or hypertension. Current smokers are also not ideal candidates for surgery; you should quit smoking at least six weeks prior to your procedure.
The Body Lift Procedure
Your body lift procedure will be customized to target your needs. While each surgery can be performed individually, the procedures necessary for your goals can be combined. Body lift surgery shouldn’t last more than six and a half hours, and if needed, Dr. Rosen will invite another plastic surgeon to assist with the surgery. Generally, during a body lift, we remove excess skin and fat while tightening the remaining tissues. During your consultation, you and Dr. Rosen will decide which set of procedures is right for you.
Lower Body Lift
The lower body lift addresses laxity that exists around the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Also known as a circumferential tummy tuck, this procedure removes unwanted skin and fat from the middle and lower body. This technique requires an extended incision across the abdomen and onto the lower back, stopping just above the buttocks.
The arm lift treats sagging skin that hangs from the arms and creates the appearance of “bat wings.” Besides the unwanted aesthetic appearance, this excess skin accumulation can cause uncomfortable chafing. Additionally, liposuction can be used along the arm to treat small deposits of fat at the armpit and down the chest.
Medial Thigh Lift
The medial thigh lift targets excess tissue that accumulates at the inner thigh. We elevate the lax, thin skin of the thighs to achieve more attractive, smooth thighs.
Women often develop laxity of the breasts following weight loss. This results in breasts that sit below the inframammary line. Lifting the breasts helps restore a more attractive and perky aesthetic on the chest.
Lax skin that accumulates along the neck can obscure the jawline, create a turkey wattle, or cause the appearance of a double chin. A neck lift can help create a more youthful and defined facial appearance.
All sutures are self-dissolving. You are likely to experience bruising and swelling. Most patients can shower within 48 hours after surgery. A compression garment is worn throughout the recovery process to improve the quality of your results. Since we don’t tighten any muscles, there is minimal discomfort throughout your recovery. Most people can return to work within 10 to 14 days. Depending on the extent of correction and your comfort level, you can slowly return to your regular activities.