What is a body lift? Body lift surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is used to improve the overall aesthetic of the body. This primarily consists of excision of excess skin, often following a period of weight loss or to reverse the signs of aging or pregnancy.
As weight-loss surgeries such as the gastric sleeve are becoming more and more popular, there is an increase in demand for body lifts.
A body lift will address areas such as the inner and outer thighs, butt, abs, upper body and breasts. Following successful surgery, our patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute will have a natural, sleek look that matches their improved, healthy lifestyle.
What is a Total Body Lift?
The total body or full-body lift surgery addresses all the areas mentioned in a 360° manner in one operation. Combining these various surgeries into one procedure cuts down on total recovery time and saves patients thousands of dollars in the end.
The key to this lift procedure is understanding the areas of excess skin and creating a smooth, even contour. This surgery involves long incision lines that may give you a distorted unpleasant appearance if performed by an inexperienced surgeon.
Am I a Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?
There are several factors to consider before deciding on this procedure. First, these surgeries require general anesthesia and can stretch to up to 7 hours (for a total body lift) so patients must be healthy individuals with proper nutritional values.
An important factor to watch in a patient’s daily protein intake. These surgeries require significant skin excisions and the body needs collagen to properly heal which requires high levels of protein in the body.
The next factor is that following the period of drastic weight loss, patients must maintain a stable weight for at least 6 months prior to their lift surgery.
This provides the surgeon with a stable canvas so that they can be confident that their results will be final and long-lasting.
Finally, a patient’s age plays a factor in their consideration of body lift surgery. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce elastin, a protein that allows our skin to retract and retain its tightness.
If you are worried about the saggy appearance of your skin and want to take the next step towards a healthy lifestyle, contact us for a complimentary consultation regarding your lift procedure with Our Surgical Team, M.D.
Please see this 54-year-old female after her body lift procedure. This surgery included a breast lift and implant augmentation, tummy tuck, and medial thigh tuck to complete her skin reduction surgery and final transformation.