Body lift surgery is intended strictly for the removal of excess sagging skin. The results are a smooth contoured surface. Body lift should not be confused with the removal of excess fat.
Liposuction removes the excess fat deposits if good skin elasticity is present. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.
A body lift surgery address the removal of excess fat and sagging skin on various parts of the body. The results of a body lift are a smooth, even and well-proportioned appearance.
The body lift surgery is considered by both men and women for various reasons, the most common of which are heredity, age, pregnancy and/or extreme weight loss. Although the body lift procedure improves the dimpled skin surface and removes excess fat and skin, it is not to be viewed as a cellulite treatment or a liposuction fat reduction procedure.
What areas of the body should be considered for this procedure?
The procedure many involve a few or more areas of the body. Here are the common areas that can benefit from the body lift surgery:
- Inner Thigh
- Outer Thigh
- Buttock area
- Abdominal area
- Lower Back
What about the body lift scars?
Scars are inevitable with any cosmetic surgery; your surgeon will do his best to hide the location of the scars. Depending on the surgical areas, the scar visibility may vary. Your surgeon will discuss the details of your procedure and your incision placement. Patients generally accept the trade-off of scars for a more shapely contour. Patient’s scars will vary based on genetics. Keep an open mind and ask the right questions to become well informed about this or any other cosmetic surgery.
What else should I know?
There are benefits and risks involved with any surgery. It’s important to find a local cosmetic surgeon who specializes in this area and has performed many surgeries. Prepare yourself with a list of questions and concerns. Addressing these concerns early will allow you to make an informed decision and, if you choose to undergo the body lift surgery, will prepare you for the post-surgery requirements. Here are some common questions asked by patients prior to electing the body lift surgery:
- How long will my surgery take?
- How long before I return to work?
- Will I be functional or need assistance?
- Where is my incision location?
- How much does the body lift surgery cost?
- Do I have to wear a special garment after the surgery?
You will also want to see before and after photographs, including the possibility of speaking to prior patients. Knowing all the details prior to surgery and following your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions is key to the success of your body lift surgery.