What is a Body lift?
A body lift in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts is a plastic surgery procedure used to shape and tone various parts of the body, including the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs through the removal of excess skin. Many people find that, after losing large amounts of weight, whether it is through gastric bypass surgery or diet and exercise, loose skin remains. For many, the skin has been stretched so far that when the weight is lost, the skin remains the same. A body lift addresses this issue.
Am I a good candidate for body lift surgery?
You may be a candidate for body lift surgery if you have maintained a stable weight for a minimum of three months and are in good health. Women planning pregnancies or smokers may not be suited for a body lift. Patients with loose skin on their buttocks, thighs, hips and abdomen can all benefit from body lift. However, it is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure. Candidates should be both emotionally and physically stable with a strong understanding of the process and the risks involved.
How is a body lift performed?
A body lift is performed under general anesthesia and will last between four and eight hours. Depending on the amount of excess fat and skin to be removed, different incision patterns may be used. However, a body lift incision is commonly an extension of a tummy tuck incision, completely surrounding the lower torso. A body lift can be done in many ways. Patients have the option of choosing a combination of liposuction, abdominoplasty, inner thigh lift or more. During your consultation with Dr. Hall, he will help to determine which option(s) will be best for your individual goals.
What should I expect during recovery?
After a body lift, bandages will be placed and compression garments will be worn to reduce swelling. Surgical drains may also be used to collect any excess fluids or blood. Pain medication will be prescribed to control any discomfort you may experience. Patients should expect two to four weeks of downtime, and strenuous activities should be avoided for eight weeks. Body lift surgery results are permanent, though skin may gradually loosen as you age.
“Dr. Hall and all of his staff are very welcoming and supportive. In addition, I am extremely pleased with the results of my procedure. I have already referred a friend to Dr. Hall!”