A body lift improves the shape and tone on underlying tissue.
A well-toned body with smooth contours often is a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise. However, exercise cannot always achieve the desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms.
If you desire a firmer, more youthful looking body contour, then a surgical body lift may help achieve your goals. Arkansas Plastic Surgery's skilled surgeon Dr. Bauer is happy to provide this procedure for patients seeking to meet these goals. It improves the shape and tone on the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedures can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite. A body lift may include these areas:
- Abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
- Buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
- Groin that may sag into the inner thigh
- Thigh, including the inner, outer, posterior, or circumferentially
Good candidates for body lift surgery are:
- Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness
For more information on body lift surgery, please contact our office to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BODY LIFTS
What is a body lift?
A body lift is a contouring cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and tissue to reshape disproportionate curves into a more natural position. It is often necessary after extensive weight loss that has left loose skin that sags or droops. Many times, it cannot be treated any other way. Both women and men, varying in age and circumstance, have opted for a body lift to enhance their appearance and boost their self esteem. The following areas may be focused on in a body lift:
- Abdominal area -- a circumferential incision extends around the sides and into the lower back area, treating hips, abdomen, and back
- Buttocks -- an incision is made in the buttock crease to treat buttocks that may be flat, low, or shaped unevenly
- Groin -- an incision may be made to the groin area to treat a sagging inner thigh
- Thigh -- this includes the outer, inner, posterior, or circumferential parts of the thigh
How long will the body lift recovery take?
As with any surgery, it will be a gradual process to return to your normal routine. This can take anywhere between two to four weeks, as it depends on the patient’s situation.
Will I have scars afterward?
Yes, there may be scarring because incisions are made into the skin. Scars are normal and can be concealed with your common clothing items.
How long will my results last?
Results will be long-lasting, often for years and years, depending on your age and how well you take care of yourself. However, the normal aging process and gravity might affect your results over time, as is expected.
Will my health insurance cover a body lift?
In most cases, insurance does not pay for any surgery or other medical treatment done strictly for cosmetic and appearance purposes. Rarely, in cases where there is a massive weight loss, insurance may cover the procedure if there is documented evidence of infection or other problems that are directly due to excess skin folds. Each case is different based on insurer, so look into your plan and pay attention to your many options, including going through an appeals process or self-funding the procedure through other means.
Am I a strong candidate for a body lift?
You might be a strong candidate for a body lift if…
- You have significant soft tissue looseness or sagginess in one or multiple areas of your body.
- You do not have any medical conditions that will impair the healing process or increase the risk in surgery.
- You're not a smoker.
- You have positive and realistic goals for the the advantages, but also limitations, of body lifting surgery.
- You plan to continue a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.
Is there any pain?
The procedure itself will not involve any pain because you will be put under anesthesia. However, the following weeks after a procedure might contain some discomfort and pain if you strain yourself during this time.
What are the risks associated with a body lift?
The potential risk can include scarring, bleeding, delayed wound healing, infection, or asymmetry. If you have any specific apprehension, the skilled and friendly staff at Arkansas Plastic Surgery will address your concerns and help you understand all of the risks weighed with the advantages so you feel comfortable.
What if my weight fluctuates after my body lift?
Weight fluctuation can dramatically alter the results of the body lift and may require additional surgery to correct it. For instance, excessive weight loss can result in sagging skin, while excessive weight gain can result in loss of the sculpted contour of the body. We suggest getting to a comfortable weight and holding it for at least six months before a procedure to observe if you can reasonably maintain that weight.
How much does a body lift cost?
The cost varies greatly between patients, depending on the amount of excess skin, the areas being operated on, and their specific health situation. We cannot guarantee a price over the Internet, but Dr. Bauer will provide you with an estimate within your initial consultation!