Achieving a weight loss goal through a healthy lifestyle is a significant accomplishment for your overall health. And usually, losing weight leads to looking and feeling great! While weight loss can improve your self-confidence, it can also be uncomfortable if the result is sagging, loose skin. Luckily, our experts at Paragould Plastic Surgery have a solution that can get you on the path to feeling your best.
When the skin has been excessively stretched for a long time, it can lose its elasticity. A body lift is an effective way to remove excess skin and underlying fat in the body. Body lifts remove excess skin to correct irregular contours of the abdominal area, buttocks, inner thigh, and upper arms.
Benefits of a Body Lift
Drastic weight loss can result from many different changes, including a healthier lifestyle or bariatric surgery. Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas and those who are in good general health are great candidates for a body lift.
Body Lift FAQ
A body lift removes excess skin predominantly from the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. During surgery, your surgeon will make an incision in a location that will best hide the scar. The excess skin is removed, and drain tubes may be inserted. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your body lift.
Body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and the procedure typically takes around three to four hours to complete.
Swelling and bruising are to be expected following body lift surgery but will dissipate over time. Wearing a compression garment following your procedure helps to minimize swelling.
While you’ll be able to notice some results immediately, you’ll see the full results from your body lift in the two to three months following your surgery.
A body lift will affect your entire body, not just the areas where your skin sags. After your surgery, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions for you. Generally, most patients resume normal activities and return to work after approximately two weeks.