Body Lift

Body Lift

Body Lift

Significant weight loss such as the result of gastric bypass or bariatric surgery leaves patients thinner but with unmanageable excess skin. Losing weight is the best first step to a longer and healthier life, but losing a lot of weight too quickly means your skin doesn’t have time to regain its elasticity. These stubborn body folds may prevent you from your ideal appearance and can also lead to painful irritation and infection from friction. 

A body lift is a cosmetic procedure that greatly enhances a patient’s shape and tones the torso and other parts of the body for a more svelte silhouette. Using the best techniques and technology, Dr. Khairalla, Dr. Tyrone, and the Gainesville plastic surgeons at North Florida Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center aim to give every patient a better body and boosted self-confidence. To schedule a body lift consultation, contact us today!

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What Is A Body Lift?

A body lift, or body contouring, improves the shape and tone of tissue and fat underneath the skin while also removing fat and sagging skin. Skin loses its elasticity as we age, resulting in flabby arms and other areas of extra skin patients find unappealing, but a body lift corrects this problem. Sun damage, pregnancy, and genetic factors may also contribute to the issue of excess skin. A liposuction procedure may be recommended in addition to a body lift if the lift alone cannot remove enough extra fat. Contact us today to discuss the right body surgery options for you. 

Types Of Body Lifts

There are three kinds of body lifts, all concentrating on different areas of the body to achieve the best results. These body contouring procedures can also be combined for a full-body lift. 

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift, or circumferential lift, focuses on the thighs, hips, and butt. It’s often called a belt lipectomy because the incisions for this procedure look like a belt. This lift removes excess skin and raises the butt, making it a popular choice among patients. Dr. Khairalla and Dr. Tyrone hide scarring behind bikini lines so they are covered easily with clothing. 

Mid Body Lift 

This type of body lift removes excess skin from a patient’s lower back and abdomen, and this surgery is especially appropriate for any patient with tummy rolls or creases. A mid-body lift is preferred by patients because it leaves a smoother transition from the butt to the abdomen and can repair muscle damage. 

Upper Body Lift

An upper body lift concerns the top half of the body, specifically the upper arms, breasts, and back fat rolls. It’s up to the patient if they want a full upper-body procedure or just want to pinpoint a specific problem area. For women specifically, this type of lift can fix sagging breasts, flabby arms, and bulges around bra bands. 

Benefits Of Body Lifts

Though body lifts are one of the most invasive types of cosmetic surgery, they have many benefits for the happiness and health of patients. The primary advantage of this surgery is the removal of sagging skin to eliminate related health issues such as skin infections or rashes. Other benefits include: smoother skin, removal of skin folds, more clothing and exercise options, a more youthful appearance, and an improved self-image. 

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Body Lift?

A body lift isn’t right for every patient; ideal candidates for this procedure have significant amounts of excess skin in one or multiple areas of the body. They also don’t have any medical conditions that inhibit healing or increase risks during surgery. Patients interested in a body lift also shouldn’t smoke or are willing to quit at least a month before the surgery. 

What Are The Risks Of A Body Lift?

Like any major surgery, a body lift comes with potential risks and complications that Dr. Tyrone or Dr. Khairalla will discuss with patients before they make a final decision on the procedure. Some of the risks of a body lift include:

  • Pain 
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection
  • Fat necrosis
  • Skin loss
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetries
  • Poor wound healing 
  • Numbness
  • Swelling 
  • Skin discoloration

Body Lift Procedure

Unlike some other plastic surgery procedures, a body lift is more invasive and requires additional incisions, though these depend on the amount and location of the excess skin. Since this is an extensive surgery, anesthesia will be administered first; the patient has a few choices such as intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, but Dr. Tyrone or Dr. Khairalla will recommend the best option for you before the surgery. The procedure is comprised of many individual treatments designed to slim the torso and can take approximately six hours. 

After sedation, the surgeon can begin making incisions around the specific areas on the body for the lift. For example, for a lower body lift, incisions would be made close to the bikini line to tighten the abdomen, waist, thighs, butt, and groin in one surgery. Once the incisions are completed, deep sutures are inserted into the underlying tissues to help support the new curves of a patient’s body. Sutures, tapes, clips or skin adhesives may be used to close the skin incisions. Results from the body lift are noticeable right away, but it could take two years or longer for the results to fully develop and become visible.


Body Lift Recovery

Body Lift Recovery

The recovery time after a body lift varies with every patient, but it’s a gradual process. Patients usually remain in the hospital for two days, and should relax the first week post-surgery avoiding strenuous activities like exercise or heavy lifting for at least four weeks. Drains placed at the incisions control swelling, and patients will be asked to measure the amount of fluid in these drains every day. 

Weekly follow up visits will aid in recovery by allowing for adjustments to be made based on a patient’s progress. Discomfort from the procedure will go away within a week or two post-surgery, and patients will need to wear the compression garment for three weeks. The bruising will disappear within a few weeks, and the swelling should go down within a few months. The scars from a body lift are permanent, but they will fade in approximately 12 months and can be hidden by clothes.

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