After major weight loss, persistent fat and hanging skin can remain as a permanent reminder of your former weight. If you have lost 50 to 100 pounds or more and are now at a stable body weight, a body lift can remove sagging skin and stubborn fat from around your midsection. This incredible procedure can free you from this sagging tissue and recapture a smooth and slender figure after massive weight loss.
What can a Body Lift do?
Get Rid of Sagging Tissue
When a person loses a significant amount of weight, there remains a portion of stubborn fat and sagging, hanging skin. Without surgical help, this hanging tissue will remain forever and may cause frequent emotional and physical discomfort or distress. A body lift removes persistent fat and hanging skin from around the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs to create smoother and leaner body contours.
Restore a Natural Silhouette
Drooping, hanging skin can mask your incredible accomplishment of achieving massive weight loss. The resulting unnatural contours can create a negative perception not unlike that caused by your previous excess body weight. Body lift surgery smooths and redefines the contours of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs after massive weight loss. This restores a more natural silhouette and reveals your true figure after major weight loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for body lift surgery?
Many individuals who have lost 50 to 100 pounds or more and who are now at a stable body weight may be good candidates for abdominoplasty. Candidates for this surgery are in good physical health and do not smoke. This procedure is appropriate for either men or women who are interested in improving their lower body contours by correcting persistent fat and loose, hanging skin in the lower abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thigh area after massive weight loss.
How much scarring should I expect?
As with any major surgery, body lift surgery will leave a surgical scar. Dr. Aycock will take great care when placing the incisions so that they may be hidden by most clothing. Incisions may be in the lower abdomen near the pubic line and along the upper leg near the groin, and for those desiring more significant correction, there may be a full circumferential incision around the body. The degree of scarring may vary from individual to individual; for most patients, surgical scars will fade significantly over time. Despite scarring, this surgery has a high satisfaction rate as many body lift patients report stronger self-esteem, reduced physical discomfort, and greater feelings of happiness and overall attractiveness after surgery.
How long is recovery after a lower body lift?
Most people plan to take two weeks off from work to recover from a body lift. There may be a need for small tubes or drains to drain away excess fluid during the first part of recovery. You will need to hold off on strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks after surgery. Dr. Aycock will be there through every step of your recovery to monitor your condition and let you know when it is safe to resume your preferred activities.
What are the risks of body lift surgery?
The risk of complications exists with any surgery. Risks associated with body lift surgery include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, scarring, swelling, numbness, pain, skin discoloration, and suboptimal aesthetic results. Patient safety is a number one priority and in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, these risks are significantly reduced. Dr. Aycock will discuss the benefits and risks of body lift surgery with you before your procedure so that you can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
How long do the results last?
The results of a body lift are typically long lasting. The best way to ensure long-lasting results is to avoid future weight gain. Adopt a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular exercise to help maintain your surgical results.
"Everyone has a different ideal and their own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results."
- Joyce Aycock, MD