A body lift is a relatively extensive surgical procedure to remove excess skin after massive weight loss. Also known as a belt lipectomy, this procedure removes the belt of loose skin from a patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks and hips.
Indications for a Body Lift in Sacramento
If you have lost a large amount of weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, you are likely a good candidate for post-bariatric body contouring, which includes several procedures such as the body lift.
Your weight loss should be complete, meaning you should be at a stable and healthy body weight before surgery. Folds of skin can cause discomfort and hygiene issues, preventing you from enjoying the rewards of your weight loss. With a body lift, you can remove these contour irregularities and achieve a smoother, tighter body shape.
How the Body Lift Works
A body lift is a process where Dr. Heir works around the body in a circumferential manner, removing excess skin through incisions in the natural skin folds. This can be done in stages or a single procedure requiring about 2 to 5 hours. Skin is lifted and removed, while liposuction removes persistent fat deposits to improve your body contour.
Post weight loss body contouring may also include procedures such as abdominoplasty, thigh lift, breast lift, and arm lift surgery.
After Your Body Lift in Sacramento
After surgery, you will probably need to rest for the first 24 hours. After that, Dr. Heir may instruct you to walk with assistance. Special compression garments will be provided to minimize swelling and promote skin contraction, which will need to be worn for about 6 weeks. For the first week, surgical drains will be in place to collect fluid.
Total recovery time with a body lift is approximately 4 to 6 weeks. The surgery and recovery with this procedure are rather extensive, but once the healing process is complete, the changes in your body shape will help you truly enjoy the rewards of your weight loss. To learn more about the risks, benefits, or cost of body lift surgery, please schedule a consultation at Sacramento Surgical Arts PC.