As time goes by, it’s inevitable that we age. Aging is a natural part of life, but it affects each of us in many different ways. One of the most common effects of aging is the sagging of skin. Sagging of the skin occurs on all parts of the body and can be particular prominent around the stomach, thighs, face, and buttocks. The excess skin can be an eyesore and be damaging to self-confidence. For those who are concerned about excessive sagging, a body lift can effectively tighten and contour different parts of the body.
Throughout your lifetime, changes in weight and exposure to the sun put wear and tear on the skin. Pregnancy and losing large amounts of weight can have a major effect on your figure. For women who undergo multiple pregnancies, it is often a struggle for the body to return to its original shape. Moreover, the older you are when experiencing pregnancy, the harder it becomes for the body to recover.
Another big reason the body may have excess skin is due to dramatic changes in body weight. Surgically assisted weight loss procedures like the LAP-band or gastric bypass can result in significant weight loss. Though the pounds have been shed, there is excess skin that dangles on the body. Even if your body contour changes aren’t sudden or dramatic, dieting and exercise does not have an effect on skin elasticity. Many people have particularly low skin elasticity. In general, good candidates for a body lift should have a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.
A body lift tightens the figure by surgically removing excess skin and may also involve liposuction for additional contouring. In women, a body lift can also include a breast lift. Each person’s body lift is designed to suit their body type and their personal goals. There are different combinations of lifts available, but the most popular areas of concern are the abdomen, inner thighs, buttocks, and breasts. For women, a body lift that includes the breasts and is performed after pregnancy is sometimes called a “mommy makeover.”
Within each type of available procedure, there are different methods to achieve the best results. For example, if you’ve elected to include a tummy tuck with your body lift, a circumferential incision is necessary to excise the pockets of skin along the stomach. The tummy tuck may also include extended incisions for a thigh lift, which is an option you may consider.
Since the body lift covers a large area of the body, the healing and recovery is especially important to be prepared for. The procedure typically takes five to eight (three to six) hours and will require time off of work. On the day of the procedure, it is highly advised to have someone with you for post-operative care and comfort.
The body lift is a sophisticated cosmetic procedure that can dramatically enhance your appearance. It’s important to have realistic expectations and to openly discuss your concerns with an experienced Plastic surgeon like Dr. Berhane. Feel free to contact us if you would like to schedule a consultation. Contact us today for a consultation.