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Body Lift

A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.

  • What is a body lift?

    A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, which is commonly known as cellulite.

    A body lift may include these areas:

    • Abdominal area – locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
    • Buttocks that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
    • Groin that may sag into inner thigh
    • Thigh – the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or the thigh's circumference
  • What a body lift won't do

    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, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.

  • Body lift candidates

    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
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
  • Body lift recovery

    During your body lift surgery recovery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure is complete. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect.

    You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, how to care for your drains, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

  • Body lift surgery before and after results

    The results of body lift surgery are visible almost immediately. However, it may take two years or more for the final results of the body lift procedures to fully develop.

    You can view photos of the kinds of procedures performed during a body lift in our before and after photo gallery.

    Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness.

    However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.

    Although good results are expected from your body lift surgery, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

    Following your physician's instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.

    It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

  • Body lift surgery risks and safety information

    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.

  • Preparing for body lift surgery

    In preparing for body lift surgery, you may be asked to:

    • Get a lab test or a medical evaluation
    • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
    • Stop smoking
    • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding/li>
  • Your body lift surgery consultation

    During your body lift surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:

    • Your surgical goals
    • Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
    • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
    • Previous surgeries

    Your body lift surgeon will also:

    • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
    • Examine and measure your body, this may include detailed body measurements
    • Take photographs
    • Discuss your body lift options
    • Recommend a course of treatment
    • Discuss likely outcomes of body lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Questions to ask your body lift surgeon

    Use this checklist as a guide during your body lift surgery consultation:

    • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
    • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
    • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
    • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
    • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
    • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
    • How are complications handled?
    • How can I expect my body to look over time? After pregnancy?
    • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my body lift?
    • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

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