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Enhancing your appearance with a body lift

A well-toned body with smooth contours often is a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise.

But exercise cannot always achieve 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. It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.

Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) 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, or posterior thigh, or circumferentially

What it won’t do:
Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.

Address excess skin and fat of the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttox and back. All the benefits of an abdominoplasty and much more. This procedure is designed for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have droopy tissue circumferentially. It is also appropriate for people of "normal" weight who have "bulges" in the hip and thigh region as well as in the abdominal area.

Length: 6-8 hours

Anesthesia: General Anesthesia

Blood Transfusion: We suggest donation of 1-2 units of your own blood for this operation.

In/Outpatient: Hospital admission for 2-3 days is suggested.

Side effects: Post-operative pain which resolves over 1-2 weeks. Swelling, soreness, stiff muscles, bruising, numbness of abdominal skin and fatigue which usually lasts 2-3 weeks. You will require 4-6 weeks to get back to your usual level of activity.

Risks: Bloodclots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. You may require a "touch up" operation for optimal results.

Recovery: Back to work in 4-6 weeks. Strenuous athletic activity after 6 weeks. Flattening and fading of scars after 6mths-2 years.

Results: This operation is one of the "largest" cosmetic surgeries performed. Healing takes a bit longer than other operations, however, the results are dramatic - more than can be achieved with smaller operations.

Please contact the office for a consultation and more information on this procedure.


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