What is a Body Lift?
For many people, their biggest problem areas – when it comes to excess fat and sagging skin – are typically located somewhere between the abdomen and thighs. Age, sun damage, pregnancy and weight fluctuations can affect elasticity, resulting in the drooping of the stomach, thighs and buttocks.
Areas Addressed By A Body Lift
- Abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
- Buttocks that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
- Groin that may sag into the inner thigh
- Thigh, including the inner, outer or posterior or circumferentially
A body lift is a procedure performed to remove excess skin and sagging fat frequently in a circumferential manner for people of had massive weight loss. A body lift may include abdominal area, the flanks, and lower back, buttocks and groin. This procedure is best performed in people who have lost weight and have maintained that that lower wait in excess of six months.
A body lift procedure is frequently accompanied with an overnight stay or other post bariatric body contouring procedures.
In preparation for a body lift, an appropriate medical evaluation should be performed, particularly in patients who’ve had bariatric surgery and may suffer from anemia. Patients should make sure that they are no longer smoking and avoid taking medication such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that can cause or increase bleeding.
A body lift is usually performed as a single stage procedure. During the procedure the patient must be turned either from a prone to supine position or from side to side so that the surgeon will have access circumferentially around the patient. A combination of skin excision and muscle tightening will be done to improve the overall body contour.
After a body lift the patient will have anywhere from 2 to 4 drains that will stay in for 1 to 2 weeks. Patients should expect to remain home from work for 2 to 3 weeks and refrain from significant exercise for approximately six weeks after the surgical procedure.
Is a Body Lift Right for Me?
To learn more about a body lift and what it can do for you, please contact Dr. Abramson and set up a preliminary appointment.
Men and women who choose a body lift usually want a more youthful-looking body contour. It is often performed on people who have excess skin because they have lost a significant amount of weight, either through surgery or diet and exercise. Other candidates for a body lift include women who want to remove extra weight that developed due to childbirth or the natural aging process.
Dr. Abramson will be able to assess your suitability for the procedure during your consultation. He will listen carefully to your reasons for wanting a body lift and will guide you toward the decision that is best for you.
How is Body Lift Surgery Performed?
Your body lift surgeon will begin the operation by placing you under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The incision length and pattern will depend on the amount and location of the excess skin. A complete lower body lift treats the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks and thighs in one procedure. Using a circumferential incision around the body, your doctor will remove an apron of excess skin and fat. He will then reposition and tighten the tissues. Sometimes, your body lift will include liposuction to further improve contours.
How Much is a Body Lift?
For your financing needs, Alphaeon™ and CareCredit® are offered. For details about body lift prices, please speak with Dr. Abramson and his skilled medical team. Body lift costs can vary widely depending on the individual procedure, so it is best to get information based on your particular case.