A body lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat to improve the shape and tone of the body. A body lift may target the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, or a combination of body areas. The procedure can also help smooth and tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The most common reason for a body lift is to correct skin that no longer conforms to body contours due to loss of elasticity, often following pregnancy or dramatic weight loss.
Benefits of a body lift
As with any form of cosmetic surgery, a body lift can offer numerous benefits, including improved self-esteem and self-confidence. A body lift can be especially beneficial for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin that has lost its elasticity.
What to expect during your body lift consultation
During your consultation at Monarch Plastic Surgery, you and your surgeon will work together to create a customized treatment plan based on your individual goals and concerns. Your surgeon will also discuss the length of your recovery, and answer any of your questions. Depending on the areas to be targeted, your doctor may recommend splitting your procedures into multiple surgeries. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that need to be removed, your surgeon may recommend a body lift combined with liposuction.
How does a body lift work?
During your procedure, your surgeon will reshape your body contours by reducing fat, tightening the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and lifting and reducing the overlying skin. Your new shape will be apparent immediately following surgery, but it may take several months for the final results to be visible.
The best candidates for a body lift
The best candidate for a body lift is a person with a relatively stable weight who is not planning on becoming pregnant. An ideal body lift candidate is someone with loose tissue in one or more body areas. Additionally, you should not have any medical conditions that might impair healing or increase the risk of surgery.
Women who undergo a body lift should be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and fitness, and should have realistic expectations following surgery.