What is a Body Lift?
When diet and exercise don’t deliver a well-toned body, a body lift may help.
body lift is to improve “the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin”. This body contouring procedure generally involves the removal of droopy, excess skin which results from massive weight loss and/or poor skin or tissue elasticity and/or fat removal.
The results of a body lift can last a lifetime and are quickly noticeable. They even improve with time as the body continues to heal. Various procedures are used during body lift surgery or compliment this procedure. They include:
- Thigh Lift
- Upper Arm Lift
- Lower Body Lift
- Breast lift or Mastopexy
- Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
Body Lift Basics
Loose, saggy skin and less-than-ideal contours are not uncommon. As we reach a certain age, experience pregnancy, lose and/or regain weight our bodies sometimes have trouble bouncing back. Daily habits and genetics also affect skin/tissue elasticity.
But sagging along the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and upper arms can be corrected. Anyone in search of a more youthful, firmer physique with proportionate contours may benefit from body lift surgery.
Areas of the body which are typically the focus of body lift surgery include:
- Buttocks – to raise, plump &/or reshape an uneven backside
- Thighs – to recontour the inner, outer, posterior &/or full thigh area
- Abdominal Area – to remove excess skin at front, sides &/or lower back
- Between the Legs – to reduce sagging which encroaches on the inner thigh
While liposuction may accompany body lift surgery, it is not a component of this body contouring procedure. It is instead used to compliment a body lift by removing excess fat, which is not the primary goal of body lift surgery itself.
The Body Lift / Body Contouring Procedure
If you believe you would benefit from a body lift, start by scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Be sure that doctor is qualified to perform this procedure, is experienced and is highly knowledgeable.
One way to get a realistic “picture” of what your body might look like after body lift surgery (and determine a surgeon’s skill level) is to ask for proof of prior patient outcomes. This should include tummy tuck photos, photos of related procedures (breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, etc.) and – while you’re at it – liposuction before and after photos.
After having all of your questions answered, you may decide that a body lift is right for you. If so, this is what you can expect next:
- Examination – to determine which procedures best suit your body
- Preparation – examples include blood work, EKGs, smoking cessation, etc.
- Scheduling – you’ll receive a surgery date, time, location & prep instructions
- Sedation – prior to surgery, you’ll be given general anesthesia or IV sedation
- Surgery – this includes incisions, excess skin removal & suturing/bandaging
- Recovery – your individual recovery time & post-op restrictions will be unique
Your doctor’s focus should always be on identifying the procedures, preparation steps and post-op instructions which satisfy your individual needs and lifestyle. This includes type of procedure (complete lower lift, medial thigh lift, body lift with liposuction, etc.), choice of anesthesia, incision length and location and more.