You probably know that in order to achieve a well-toned, athletic body we need to commit ourselves to regular exercise and a healthy diet. While this guideline holds true in general, many individuals struggle to meet the expectations for what a healthy body should look like even if they exercise and watch their diets diligently. For these individuals, aging, sun damage, pregnancy, genetics, and fluctuations in body weight have contributed to poor tissue elasticity, and the subsequent sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms.
The body lift procedure seeks to reshape and revive the areas of the body that need it most, and can be combined with one or more of a variety of cosmetic procedures including the tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, and buttock lift. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat and to achieve a more aesthetic contour.
Commonly reported benefits of the body lift include:
- Improved physical appearance and hygiene
- Greater self-confidence
- Increased motivation to remain active
Who Can Undergo a Body Lift?
Candidates for body lift surgery display an excess amount of skin and fat at the abdomen, hips, inner or outer thighs, or buttocks. Some individuals struggle with hygiene issues connected to skin folds. As with all cosmetic procedures, it is essential that the individual have realistic expectations for surgery. Body weight should be stable, and any significant weight loss goals should be met prior to surgery.
What Happens During a Surgical Body Lift?
Depending on the extensiveness of the procedure to be conducted, your body lift may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s facility, or in a hospital as an inpatient or outpatient. Most body lifts are performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia with sedation may be used.
Belt lipectomy removes the "belt" of excess skin from the midsection
Regardless of the part of the body being worked on, body lift surgery tends to follow a basic routine. First the incision areas are marked, and the anesthesia administered. Your surgeon places incisions along the natural folds of your skin where they can remain hidden if possible. The loose skin around the incision is lifted and removed, and liposuction is conducted for contouring as needed. The incisions are then closed with staples or sutures. Treatment may be performed in stages depending on the complexity of your surgical goals.
After Your Body Lift
Bed rest is often prescribed for the first 24 hours after surgery. Many patients are asked to begin walking with assistance by the second day. The drains that were placed to collect fluid during the recovery process are typically removed one week following surgery. Most patients recover within 4-6 weeks, though this time varies from person to person. Please talk with your surgeon so that you have all the information you need in order to ensure the quickest possible recovery.
Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how the body lift can work for you. Dr. Sattler's office is located in Glendora, a short drive from San Dimas, Pasadena or Rancho Cucamonga in LA County.