A body lift is recommended for those who would like to tighten loose skin in a multitude of areas around the body, including the abdominal area, waist, lower back, buttocks, and upper thighs. Aging, genetics, pregnancy or significant weight fluctuation can cause weakened tissue elasticity and sagging skin. A body lift is designed to shape and contour the patient’s body, focusing on solving poor skin elasticity.
A body lift cannot be used in place of weight loss. You should be at, or near your goal weight before considering a body lift. Liposuction can be used to remove small, excess fatty deposits when skin elasticity is good, however, when it is poor, body lift techniques used in conjunction with liposuction are used. Body lift surgery is generally used to address loose and hanging skin. This can occur as a result of pregnancy, age, or a big weight loss.
The body lift procedure is meant to raise, firm, and tighten the skin of the buttocks, thighs, groin, abdomen, and waist. This procedure is also called a “belt lipectomy” because the incisions encircle the body like a belt would. The tissues are repositioned and skin is tightened to create a more aesthetically pleasing contour. Dr. Won will work to place the incision(s) as inconspicuously as possible so that it will not be visible when wearing underwear or a bathing suit. Scars will improve as time goes by, but can take up to 1 – 2 years to fade.
Recovery time varies based on the extent of the procedure that you have done. Generally, it takes 4 – 6 weeks until you can resume normal activities.
Are you a Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?
Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to wait until you have reached your goal weight before undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedure. Additionally, if you are still planning on having children, it is best to wait until you have had your child and recovered from the pregnancy. The reason for this is because weight fluctuations can affect the long-lasting benefits that are gained from having cosmetic surgery. Additionally, if you are currently a smoker, you will need to stop completely prior to undergoing any type of procedures since smoking can affect both the healing process and the results gained from a procedure. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude and a realistic outlook about what surgery can do for you. An unhealthy lifestyle and poor overall health and fitness can wreak havoc on your appearance.
Your Full Body Lift will be performed in Dr. Won‘s surgery center located in Shoreline