Body Lift Surgery
Love the skin you’re in.
You’ve finally lost the weight through diet and exercise or gastric bypass. The fat is gone, but your skin has lost its elasticity and is left hanging in places you wish it wouldn’t. Body lift, or body contouring, can help solve the embarrassing bothersome worry of excess skin and fatty tissue. More comprehensive than a tummy tuck or other individual skin-tightening plastic surgery procedure, a body lift achieves multiple tucks in one procedure. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few have time to contemplate multiple invasive procedures. Body contouring offers a one-time shot at becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be. Let’s face it, when we look good, we feel good. If extraneous skin is holding you back from the life you want to live, ask your doctor about a body lift.
What is a body lift?
Body lift surgery is an increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure that tightens excess skin or fat tissue left loose and less elastic after gastric bypass surgery or significant weight loss. It’s like a facelift for your midsection, often including the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs. Your surgeon can effectively re-sculpt parts of the lower body where skin is exceptionally redundant.
While body contouring procedures are tailored to the individual, a body lift typically involves reducing and tightening loose skin over a majority of the body in one stage rather than several operations, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or liposuction. Thus, a full body lift precludes preparation for and recovery from multiple separate surgical procedures.
Who should consider body lift surgery?
Generally, the body lift is recommended for those who have achieved significant weight loss in a relatively short amount of time, whether through diet and exercise or gastric bypass surgery. When the skin hangs loose and folds, maintaining good hygiene is a challenge. At the same time, flabby skin is generally heavy, uncomfortable and embarrassing to carry around and find clothes to fit, leading to self-confidence issues.
Those who have achieved major weight loss for a healthier lifestyle deserve new-found confidence. They shouldn’t compromise their well-being due to unsightly skin. Ideal candidates should be non-smokers in good general health and should fully understand the risks and rewards of this in-patient body contouring procedure. People who are still morbidly obese are generally not good candidates.
What should I expect during and after the body lift procedure?
Body lift surgery varies by patient. During a lower body lift surgery, for example, Dr. Ganchi may start on the abdomen first, removing excess skin from the belly button to the pubic region and tightening the abdominal wall muscle. First, an incision separates the deep tissues from the underlying muscles. Then, liposuction aids the removal of excess adipose and subcutaneous tissue. Finally, the muscles are pulled closer together and stitched into their new positions.
A recent study has shown that body lift surgery, a large one-time procedure, is no more risky than several smaller procedures, but does require more operating and recovery time. General anesthesia is used during the procedure, which can last several hours. Patients typically spend up to two days in the hospital. Swelling, discomfort, stitches, and healing after the procedure are controlled with standard aids such as pain medications, dressings and drainage tubes. Patients typically resume normal activities in about six weeks.
Say goodbye to…
- Irritating skin rashes
- Unnecessary odor and wetness
- Embarrassment at the beach
- Clothes that just won’t fit
- Waning self-confidence
Imagine a more beautiful you.
Body lift surgery in New Jersey is but one of the many procedures we offer to revitalize your appearance. Please ask us about other procedures to refresh and renew your natural beauty. Click here to see a brief list of procedures we offer.
NOTE: Only a licensed professional with the knowledge and skill required to achieve optimum results should perform a body lift. Look for a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top plastic surgery institutions. Learn more about Dr. Ganchi’s world-class credentials.
Body Lift Before and After Photos