Learn more about a Body Lift offered at SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA.
When you lose significant weight, your skin may droop and sag because you dropped weight faster than your skin could bounce back, or your skin does not have good elasticity. A body lift is similar to a mommy makeover in that several surgeries are performed simultaneously with only one recovery period. At SJ Plastic Surgery, our board-certified surgeons offer expert knowledge and experience with body lifts and other cosmetic or reconstructive procedures. In addition, our dedicated staff will help guide you through your aesthetic journey as your body becomes lifted and defined.
A body lift is designed to remove excess fat and skin from key target areas. There are three approaches your surgeon will consider based on your anatomy.
Also known as a belt lipectomy, the lower body lift includes butt lift, outer thigh lift, tummy tuck, panniculectomy—removes the lower apron of skin—which tightens the area of fatty tissue located between the public bone and genitals—which is also known as the mons pubis.
In this surgery, an arm lift, back lift, breast lift/augmentation, liposuction are combined to give you a full sculpted upper body.
This approach combines both a lower and upper body lift; however, the surgeries are performed several months apart to heal properly. During your consultation, your doctor will determine which procedure will yield the best results for you.
It is crucial you are in overall good health and a nonsmoker. If you have serious medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or other chronic conditions, a body lift may not be an ideal procedure for you because these conditions can affect your ability to heal or lead to further complications. For those patients who recently lost weight, you will need to maintain your weight for at least three months so your surgeon can tell how much excess skin needs to be removed.
Based on your treatment plan, your surgeon will previously determine if your surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure or if you require a short hospital stay. Your overall surgery may last up to four to five hours. You will be under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep the entire time. Once your surgery is complete, your surgeon uses sutures dissolvable sutures to close your incisions.
You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home, and you should arrange to have assistance at home to help you with your basic needs. You should expect to take two to three weeks off of work and have modified activity for six to eight weeks. You will need to wear your compression garments and may have surgical drains to prevent swelling and fluid build-up. You will have specific post-operative instructions to inform you how to keep your incisions clean. While you will notice all of your excess skin is removed, it will take three months for the swelling to subside and up to one year for incision scars to fade. Your results are permanent, but it is imperative to maintain a consistent weight. Your skin and body will age over time, but you should have long-lasting results as long as you are eating and living healthy.
You have worked hard to get this far. So take your next step in your healthy lifestyle with a body lift at SJ Plastic Surgery. Our board-certified surgeons will guide you through your aesthetic journey and work with you to achieve perfect portions for your body. Learn more about a body lift by scheduling your consultation today.
A body lift is a safe and effective surgery; however, some risks include swelling, numbness, scarring, bleeding at the incision sites, infection, and nerve damage.
Your body lift is a highly personalized procedure based on what works for your anatomy. Your surgeon will assess your body concerns during your consultation and determine the best approach to meet your needs and achieve your desired result.
After significant weight loss, some medical insurance may cover costs to have excess skin removed. We recommend that you call your insurance provider to discuss your coverage options. However, SJ Plastic Surgery offers payment and financing options for your convenience.
Yes, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home because you will still be under the effects of general anesthesia. In addition, it is crucial you have assistance at home for the next few days so you can take the time to heal properly. Patients can also opt for an after-care or post-surgical facility to provide care if needed.
SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
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