Tighten And Contour Your Look
You’ve done the hard part and lost a bunch of weight. But instead of the great new body that you were expecting, you’re faced with loose, saggy skin all over. Maybe you had bariatric surgery, had a child, or simply are dealing with the sagging that comes with aging, but your skin is loose and no amount of exercise is going to make it taut again.
The problem is that once the skin is stretched for a long period of time it cannot return to its former degree of tautness. You can think of this in the way a rubber band that is overly stretched for too long retains its stretched form.
A body lift with Dr. Ferraro can tighten your skin and change your contour. Body contouring involves a combination of surgical procedures that trim excess skin, remove fat pockets, firm up sagging areas, reposition muscle and tissue, and create slimmer contours.
What Is A Body Lift?
A body lift, sometimes called a torsoplasty, is done in a single surgical session, but it’s really a combination of procedures. A body lift combines abdominoplasty, a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift into a single procedure that addresses the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, lower back, and pubic areas. While usually considered for patients who have lost large amounts of weight, body lifts can also be performed on patients who are unhappy with the overall sagging that comes with aging.
Because loose, sagging skin isn’t confined to the lower portions of the body, patients often combine a body lift with other procedures such as breast lifts, arm lifts, and liposuction.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Body Lift?
What is paramount when considering if a patient is right for a body lift is if the person has been at a stable weight for a period of time. It’s important that patients losing weight are finished with the process; additional weight loss could create more lose skin. Alternatively, the patient must be committed to maintaining their new lower weight, as future weight gain and loss will negate much of the body lift results and can create large scars and stretch marks. Also, women considering having additional children need to postpone the procedure, as pregnancy will likely diminish results.
The potential patient should have significant loose tissue in multiple areas on their body.
What Is Involved In A Body Lift Procedure?
While different patients have different needs, usually a body lift involves a circumferential abdominoplasty. This is a tummy tuck incision that begins just above the pubic hair and is extended circumferentially around the entire midsection. A tire-shaped piece of tissue is removed from around the midsection. It may be helpful to think of this incision as similar to a bikini pattern. This enables Dr. Ferraro of Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey to not only contour the abdomen, but to also lift the hips, upper legs, and buttocks.
In the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed, and underlying muscle and tissue are repositioned, tightened, and stitched. Usually the belly button needs to be removed and repositioned.
What Is Recovery Like From A Body Lift?
A body lift is a major operation. Patients typically will spend one to three nights in the hospital following surgery. Drains are placed beneath the skin to remove excess blood and serum and usually remain in place for one to two weeks. A compression garment will need to be worn to provide support, reduce swelling, and help the body adjust to its new slimmer contour. Any lifting and strenuous activity will need to be avoided for about four to six weeks. Full results can take up to one year to show themselves, as the body continues to adapt.
What Is The Cost Of A Body Lift?
Since every body lift is unique, the costs can vary depending on the procedures you choose to combine. During your consultation, when Dr. Ferraro and you are discussing your goals, you will also discuss potential costs. We are also proud to offer Care Credit.
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