BODY LIFT SURGERY
A body lift is a surgical procedure that is designed to enhance the contours of the body by removing excess skin and fat, in order to create a more lifted, firm and streamlined appearance. Body lift surgery is ideally suited for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time, whether as a result of bariatric surgery (i.e. Lap-Band surgery or Gastric Bypass surgery) or the more traditional method of diet and exercise.
After undergoing dramatic and rapid weight loss, the body is often unable to re-conform to its new, smaller proportions, and loose skin begins to accumulate in all areas where layers of fat previously existed. The problem of excess skin cannot be rectified through non-surgical means (i.e. exercise, topical treatments), and creates both aesthetic and emotional challenges, such as:
- Loose, drooping skin hangs awkwardly on the body, creating uneven or misshapen body contours
- Excess skin can limit mobility, leading to hygiene issues, rashes and other sores that may cause infection
- Difficult to find clothing that fits appropriately
- Often serves as an unwelcome reminder of one’s pre-weight loss physique
- Undermines the aesthetic benefits of the patient’s weight loss
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Although drastic weight loss is one of the most common causes of loose, sagging skin, aging, sun damage, pregnancy, and genetic factors can also contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in heightened skin laxity (sagging) in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and upper arm regions.
At the Atlanta-based private plastic surgery practice of Dr. Wright A. Jones and Dr. Sabine Lovell, you will receive the highest quality of patient care leading up to, during, and after your body lift procedure. Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell employ cutting edge surgical techniques in order to effectively remove unwieldy hanging skin, and have helped many patients realize the full aesthetic potential of their weight loss efforts with body lift surgery.
BODY LIFT PROCEDURE
Body lifts are customizable procedures that vary in terms of scope and extensiveness, and may address one or more of the following areas: abdomen (extending around the sides to the lower back region), buttocks, groin, and thighs (inner, outer, posterior, or circumferentially). A complete lower body lift will treat the abdomen, hips, buttocks, waist, and thighs in one procedure, and may also help to improve the appearance of cellulite (dimpled skin irregularities).
Your body lift surgery will be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, and the incision placement and pattern will depend upon the amount of excess skin requiring removal, as well as the location of the treatment area(s). A complete lower body lift typically involves a circumferential incision around the body, followed by the removal of an apron of excess fat and skin, and the repositioning and tightening of the tissues. Liposuction may be employed in conjunction with your body lift if there is a significant amount of fatty tissue needing excision.
Deep support sutures will be utilized within the underlying tissues to help hold the shape of the newly formed contours. Although you will be able to see the initial improvements to your physique immediately after your body lift surgery, the final results may take 1-2 years to fully develop, and these results should endure for many years, provided your weight remains relatively stable.
CONTACT MUSE PLASTIC SURGERY
At Muse Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell focus not on changing the core aesthetic components of their patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help them become the absolute best that they can be. Our plastic surgeons stay up-to-date with the latest developments and technological advances in the field of cosmetic body contouring surgery, and utilize these cutting edge techniques to ensure naturally beautiful results and the safest possible procedures for their patients.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell believe in the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to explain all of your body lift options and procedural details, so that you feel completely comfortable about your surgery. If you would like additional information about body lift surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the Muse Plastic Surgery office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell.
*This information about Body Lift Surgery was reviewed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.