With over 150,000 weight loss procedures performed every year our increase of body and thigh lift procedures has also increased.
A body lift is a combination of several procedures that usually includes an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thigh lift and buttock lift. The technique is also often referred to as a “lower body lift” or “belted lipectomy”. After weight loss, many people will need one or all of these procedures due to skin wrinkling and the loss of skin tone that occurs while losing weight.
The ideal candidate for this operation is an individual with excess skin along the lower abdomen, weak abdominal muscles, who also has loose and wrinkled skin along the thighs and buttocks. This single operation can have a dramatic effect on a person’s body. The scar, which usually heals very well, is hidden by most contemporary underwear and swimwear.
Despite the scar, our patients find a body lift to be gratifying because of its ability to improve both body contour and skin tone.
It takes several months for the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks to regain a normal feel. Temporary numbness, particularly just above the incision in the middle of the abdomen, is common. In some instances, this numbness may be permanent. If the abdomen feels very tight, you may experience occasional twinges of pain from time to time.
Incisions usually take up to 18 months to soften and lay flat or disappear completely.
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