Is a Body Lift Worth it? A question many of us ask following significant weight loss.
If you’re looking for a transformation following a significant amount of weight, a Body Lift will offer the most dramatic change in your mid and lower body. 94% of patients that have a body lift are pleased that they did the procedure. Also known as a belted lipectomy or circumferential torsoplasty the procedure is designed to remove excess skin and fat from your abdomen, waist, hips, and buttocks and help to pull up the skin on your inner/outer thighs. Our skin loses elasticity over time and specifically if you have gained or lost weight throughout the years or have had multiple children causing our midsection to lose its youthful shape and firmness. By removing the excess, loose skin and related the fat deposits of the areas your body will have a better contour, look and feel rejuvenated. Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess skin but will also remove excess fat in the areas treated. If you have areas where your skin has good elasticity liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits and can naturally conform to new body contours by wearing compression garments.
Top Four Reasons for a Body Lift
- To reshape the middle area of your body.
- Correct sagging skin and fat as a result of aging.
- To remove excess skin due to weight loss through diet or following bariatric surgery such as a Lap-Band procedure or gastric bypass surgery or sleeve.
- To remove excess skin stretched from pregnancy.
Areas a Body Lift Addresses
- Abdominal – Extending around the sides and into the lower back area.
- Buttocks – That are weighted down by excess skin, low, flat, or unevenly shaped.
- Groin – Sagging into the inner thigh.
- Thigh – The inner, outer, or the thigh’s circumference.
The Body Lift Procedure
A Body Lift procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type, and desired outcome. To remove the skin and fat, an incision is first placed around your abdominal area into the sides of your back (the same as if you had a tummy tuck) that incision will then be followed through the entire lower body, in a circumferential fashion. Skin and fat are removed, your stomach muscles may be tightened at this time, and the incision is closed too tightly contour the body. A change made to the thighs is called a thigh lift; this requires an incision in your groin to remove the excess skin and sutured back together. The entire procedure will last from 3-7 hours depending on how much skin is being removed. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of how much time it will take. However much time it takes you will be pleased with the results, despite the scarring that occurs most body lift patients are pleased not to have the sagging skin under their clothes anymore and to put on a swimsuit once more.
The Body Lift Recovery Process
Your recovery process is individual, but most people recover within four to six weeks. Like any surgery, you will require plenty of rest to allow your body to heal. Immediately after your procedure dressings will be applied to minimize swelling and to provide support. Drainage tubes are often utilized and placed during your procedure to allow for excess fluids to drain for you to heal faster and to reduce the incidence of a hematoma to form. Scars from incisions are permanent, but your surgeon will place them carefully to minimize visibility. Oral pain medication can be given to ease minor pain after your procedure. Within a month you will be back as good as new!
How Long Does a Body Lift Last?
The smoother, tighter contours that result from a body lift should last you a lifetime with proper nutrition, diet, and exercise.
How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?
The cost for a body lift will vary from region to region and from person to person depending on the length of your procedure. The cost will run from $8,000-$20,000. Know that following your procedure your skin will be tight and smooth and the old you will emerge once again.
How to Get Started?
Your decision to have a body lift is as individual as you are. Only you can decide if getting rid of the excess skin that has been driving you crazy for years is worth it. If you would like to learn more call our office today and we will be happy to discuss both pre and post body lift surgery with you.
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