WHAT IS A BODY LIFT?
A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.
A body lift may include these areas
Abdominal area - locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
Thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh, or the thigh's circumference
WHAT DOES A BODY LIFT NOT ACCOMPLISH?
Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, body lift techniques along with liposuction may be recommended.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BODY LIFT SURGERY?
In general, body lift candidates include:
Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas
Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF BODY LIFT SURGERY?
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of body lift surgery are acceptable.
Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.
Risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
HOW ARE INCISIONS MADE?
One common technique of complete lower body lift uses incisions similar to a bikini pattern to tighten the abdomen, groin, waist, thigh and buttock in one procedure. An incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
Deep sutures within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.
The results of a body lift are visible almost immediately. It may take as long as one to two years for the final results to fully develop. Get more information on body lift results.