Body Lift & Post Gastric Bypass Surgery
A belt lipectomy (also known as a lower body lift) is a surgical procedure that reshapes the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks, typically following weight-loss surgery. This procedure is not intended simply to remove fat (see liposuction). however, Dr. Smith may elect to combine liposuction with a body lift to produce the best results.*
What Are The Benefits Of A Body Lift Procedure?
- Improve the overall appearance of the body after significant weight loss*
- Reshape the abdominal area, either strictly in the belly area or including the sides and lower back.*
- Contour the groin tissue that is sagging onto the inner thigh.*
- Reduce the thigh circumference or tone the inner, outer or posterior areas.*
- Improve upon a flat, uneven or lower buttocks area.*
The skin begins to sag in all of us, especially on the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen areas, as it loses its elasticity. Sagging skin is commonly caused by pregnancy, significant weight loss (including gastric bypass surgery), sun damage, aging, and even genetics. Patients choose a body lift procedure from Smith Plastic Surgery to reduce sagging skin and fat, repair stretched skin and re-contour their mid-section.*
Am I A Good Candidate For Body Lift Procedure?
Primary candidates for a body lift are individuals with significant sagging skin in one or more of the areas noted above. Patients should be in good health, non-smokers, and with no medical conditions that might increase surgical risk. As with all cosmetic surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can accomplish.
What Can I Expect From My Body Lift Procedure?
Multi-Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lane Smith performs body lift procedures at Smith Plastic Surgery under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes anywhere from 3 to 7 hours. Incisions can be extensive, given the nature of the surgery.
Dr. Smith will always discuss with you his thoughts on your procedure. Each patient differs in their particular case and Dr. Smith will work to minimize the visibility of the eventual scars. The incision is placed along the upper or inner thigh extending toward the waistline typically when the procedure is focused on the patient’s abdominal/groin area. For procedures focusing on the thighs and/or buttocks, Dr. Smith typically makes an incision at the crease of the buttocks.
Post-Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery From Smith Plastic Surgery
It is common for patients who lose a substantial amount of weight to seek the services of Dr. Smith. From a cosmetic standpoint, the patient desires that the extra skin is removed from all the years of being stretched.
Removing the skin and contouring the waist, abdomen, groin, thighs, and buttocks can be treated together during the same procedure. In these cases, Dr. Smith will place the incision around the entire circumference of the mid-section. Dr. Smith will make every effort to place incisions where scars are less visible under most types of swimsuits.
The surgeon will remove excess skin and fat and may use liposuction to enhance final contouring. A combination of sutures, tapes, skin adhesives, and clips are used to close the incisions. It is important to support the sutures, tapes, and clips, and bandages or dressings are applied to protect them. To assist in the healing process, Dr. Smith will use small, thin tubes, which are placed under the skin to enable excess blood or fluids to drain.
What Is The Recovery Period?
Recovery time depends on the extent of the procedure. Post-operative instructions emphasize resting and limiting movement, to enable the body to heal. Patients will receive detailed instructions on monitoring and caring for incisions and drains. Dr. Smith will prescribe medication for minor pain and for reducing the risk of infection.
What Results Can I Expect From My Body Lift Procedure?
It may take a year or two to see the ultimate results of a body lift procedure. Most patients enjoy visible results very quickly.* It is important to keep your aesthetic goals in mind. Body lift surgery can remove stubborn fat deposits and sagging skin, and improve your body’s contours. You can expect firmer skin that looks smoother. You can expect to feel more comfortable, and feel fantastic about yourself.* Patients gain a renewed self-confidence and self-awareness.
This procedure does not return patients bodies to their original state before their weight gain. You will continue to age, surgery or not. You will see the best long-term results if you continue to care for yourself, eat well, and make sure you’re engaging in regular physical activity.
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