After dramatic weight loss, the skin can’t shrink to match the body’s new, smaller size. Many men and women who reach their weight loss goals may have loose skin and excess tissue around their hips, thighs and abdomen. A body lift helps contour and reshape the lower body for a smoother, slimmer look.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options to enhance your appearance with a body lift. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic procedures.
Benefits of a Body Lift
Skin has to stretch in order to accommodate body changes like pregnancy or weight gain. Skin is also supposed to be elastic enough to return to its former shape. However, different factors may affect the skin’s elasticity, such as the aging process. Excessive weight gain that lasts for many years can also impair the skin’s ability to adapt. When weight is lost, especially if it’s lost quickly, the skin simply does not have enough time to adapt. The end result is excess skin and tissue that’s very loose. The only way to resolve this loose skin and tissue is through surgery.
A body lift in many ways is similar to other body contouring surgeries. The final results will be much like combining a tummy tuck and thigh lift at the same time. However, a body lift includes added contouring through the hips and flanks, and is more extensive than either a tummy tuck or thigh lift alone.
Understanding the Procedure
During a body lift, your surgeon may take one of several approaches, depending on the level of correction needed. The location and amount of excess skin to be removed is another factor, as is any personal preference you may have about your final appearance.
Typically, a body lift begins with a circumferential incision that extends around the lower body. This gives your surgeon access to the treatment areas, including the belly, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. Next, excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned and re-draped. Liposuction may also be incorporated to help remove fatty deposits in the treatment area. Finally, the incisions are closed and the recovery process begins.
Recovery and Results
Most men and women experience discomfort following their body lift, including soreness at the incision site and initial swelling. As these dissipate, more well-defined lower body contours are seen. Most patients can return to work in a week or two. However, more active pursuits should wait until you feel more comfortable.
A body lift from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps you feel better about your body following major weight loss or other physical changes that left loose skin behind. Although it’s important to maintain realistic expectations, you can expect to see a permanent improvement in your lower body contours as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.