A Body Lift is done to improve the shape and tone of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Aging, pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, genetic factors, as well as sun damage can contribute to poor tissue elasticity which can result in sagging of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. By correcting the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat, excess sagging skin and fat are removed, and the procedure can improve dimpled, irregular skin surface.
A body lift isn’t intended to simply remove excess fat – liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits, but the patient must have good skin elasticity so that the procedure will conform to the new body contours after liposuction. If the skin elasticity is poor, then body lift techniques, in addition to liposuction, are usually recommended.
WHAT AREAS CAN A BODY LIFT TREAT?
- Abdominal area – either locally or extending around to the sides and into the lower back area.
- Thigh – either the inner thighs, outer (or posterior) thighs, or the entire thigh circumference.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BODY LIFT SURGERY?
- Healthy patients who don’t have any medical conditions that will impair their healing or are not a good candidate for surgery.
- Patients who have realistic expectations and goals of what body lift surgery can and cannot accomplish and have a positive outlook towards recovery.
- Patients who have reached their goal weight, lead a healthy lifestyle and are committed to continuing with proper nutrition, and have an exercise program.
The procedure can be carried out in either an outpatient or hospital setting and is generally done under general anesthesia. Body Lift procedures are surgical procedures that require extensive incisions. The length and pattern of those incisions will depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. There are advanced techniques the usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of bathing suits or clothes. Dr. Clark will discuss the best option for you and your situation.
Dr. Clark is an active member of two prestigious professional societies for board-certified plastic surgeons: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Click here to review the educational material from the ASPS.
Click here to review the educational material from the ASAPS.
You will see what to expect from the surgery as well as helpful tips for recovery.