Following significant weight loss, men and women often have excess skin on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and back. While a tummy tuck can address the excess skin on the abdomen, it does not benefit these other areas. Dr. Boll performs a body lift on patients looking for circumferential skin removal. This procedure targets, slims, and contours the abdomen, sides, outer thighs, and buttocks for a more youthful and fit body contour.
What a Body Lift Can Achieve
Tighter SkinWhile you can lose weight and build muscle through non-surgical means, it is challenging to get rid of excess skin. Over time, your skin loses its ability to contract and conform with the underlying body contours. Significant amounts of excess skin can usually only be tightened through surgery.
Youthful, Slender ContoursThe excess skin that results from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging can alter your appearance and make you look heavier than you are. A body lift restores youthful, slim contours by removing and tightening excess skin.
A More Toned MidsectionMen and women who have loose abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat around their midsection often suffer insecurities in social and intimate settings. Body lift surgery tightens the underlying muscles and improves the shape and tone of the entire midsection to allow patients to have confidence in their bodies.
Body Lift Procedure
RecoveryYour body lift procedure is expected to take between four and six hours. While this is commonly an outpatient procedure, Dr. Boll may recommend an overnight stay in a facility for monitoring. Compression garments should be worn for several months to reduce swelling, promote blood circulation, and facilitate healing. Many patients can return to work after three weeks; however, most will take up to six weeks to fully heal. All strenuous exercise should be avoided during this time. Dr. Boll will let you know when it is alright to resume all activities.
ScarsScars will be present at the incision site, but this is usually hidden by underwear or bathing suits. Patients can help minimize the appearance of their scars by limiting tension on that area and avoiding sun exposure. All scarring will fade with time.
CostThe cost of your body lift will vary depending on the techniques used, anesthesia fees, surgical fees, facility fees, and added costs of any combination procedures. Dr. Boll and her staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
PainBruising, swelling, and discomfort are common after a body lift. Compression garments will help to ease the swelling, and oral pain medication will remedy any physical discomfort. Most swelling should resolve within six weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients with excess skin on the abdomen, outer thighs, hips, buttocks, and back may be candidates for a body lift. These patients have often lost a significant amount of weight that has contributed to the excess skin. Candidates should be in good health, not smoke, and be realistic in their expectations.
While many weight loss patients turn to a body lift, they are not the only ones who can benefit. Individuals who have excess skin due to aging or pregnancy can also benefit from a body lift.
Your body lift will be performed under general anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. As this anesthesia will make you groggy and tired, you are required to have someone present to drive you home and stay with you for the first night.
Risks and complications following body lift surgery are rare; however, they can include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Prolonged swelling
- Poor wound healing
- Changes in skin sensation
Results from your body lift are long lasting when paired with a healthy lifestyle. A poor diet, additional weight gain, and pregnancies can affect the appearance and quality of the results.
Gastric bypass patients are typically great candidates for a body lift due to the extent of excess skin following the weight loss. However, gastric bypass patients often have nutritional deficiencies due to their restrictive diet that must be addressed and remedied before surgery, as these deficiencies can affect and disrupt healing.