What Is A Body Lift & How Is It Done?
A body lift is a cosmetic procedure that is intended to tone and shape the tissue that underlies and supports skin and fat. In this procedure, sagging excess skin and fat are removed. The procedure can improve the dimpled and irregular appearance of cellulite.
Is the entire body “lifted”?
Here are the areas of the body that are typically lifted:
* The abdominal area and adjacent areas of the sides and lower back
* The buttocks
* The groin and inner thigh area
* The circumference of the thigh, the inner thigh and/or the outer thigh.
All of these areas can be shaped and lifted for improved appearance and function.
Why have a body lift?
As we age, a number of things take a toll on the appearance and function of the body. Among them are weight fluctuations, pregnancy, damage caused by the sun, the effects of aging and genetic factors. All of these things can affect the elasticity of skin tissue and cause sagging in the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. A body lift can restore a more youthful appearance and (when coupled with proper diet and exercise) help rid the body of excess fat.
Can a body lift be used for weight loss?
The purpose of a body lift is not just to remove excess fat. Liposuction is the procedure of choice for this if the skin in the areas to be treated has good skin elasticity that will allow the skin to conform naturally after excess fat has been removed. If skin elasticity is not good, liposuction should be used in combination with a body lift so that excess skin can be removed and the remaining skin contoured.
What happens in a body lift?
A body lift consists of a series of surgical procedures. Extensive incisions are required. The pattern and length of the incisions is dependent upon the location and amount of excess skin that must be removed. Additionally, the cosmetic surgeon must decide wisely as to the safety of the procedures for the individual patient.
Can the scars be seen?
Incisions are usually positioned in such a way that they can easily be concealed beneath clothing and bathing suits.
The first step in a body lift procedure is the anesthesia. You will receive medications and your choice of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will explain the difference and help you make the best choice.
Once you are sedated, your surgeon will begin the incision procedure. If you are having the lower body lifted, the incisions will be in a bikini-like pattern. These will be used to tighten the buttocks, thighs, waist, groin and abdomen using one procedure.
An incision will be made around the circumference of the body to remove an “apron” of excess fat and skin. The remaining skin and tissues will be repositioned and tightened. Your surgeon may use a combination of lift techniques and liposuction to improve the contour of this area.
When the procedure is finished, your surgeon will close the incisions using deep support sutures in underlying tissues. These will help support the new contours. Following this, external sutures, tape, skin adhesives and/or clips will be applied to close the incisions in the skin.
How will I look after the procedure?
Naturally, there will be bruising and other signs of the procedure, but these will heal fairly quickly. You will be able to see an improvement in your overall appearance and silhouette right away. Your body will need time to adjust and heal; however, if you take good care of yourself and follow your doctor’s recommendations, you will continue to look and feel better and better. Within a couple of years, you will see the full benefits of your body lift procedure.