Massive weight loss, whether due to bariatric surgery, diet, exercise, or childbirth, can lead to sagging skin. Excess fat and skin are unsightly and prevent the patient from fully appreciating the results of his or her weight loss efforts. To achieve a tighter body contour, patients from New Haven come to Dr. Price’s practice for body lift surgery.
Why do I need a body lift?
With significant weight gain, skin around the abdomen is stretched and over time loses its elasticity. When the person loses that excessive weight, the skin can’t conform, or shrink back down, to the new, slimmer body contour. Instead, it droops and sags. Hanging and drooping skin not only causes physical problems, but can also lead to other issues such as rashes and chaffing. Body lift surgery addresses these problems, gives you a better body contour, and provides a big boost to your confidence and self-image.
Am I a good candidate for a body lift?
Good candidates for a body lift include:
- People with sagging skin in one or more areas of the body
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risks involved with the procedure
- People with realistic goals who understand what a body lift can and cannot do
- People who want to lead a healthy lifestyle after surgery
- For those actively losing large amounts of weight, the majority of weight loss needs to occur first.
What happens during a body lift?
Body lift surgery is a common procedure that improves the body’s appearance following massive weight loss. The results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight.
During body lift surgery, an incision is made along the abdomen. Excess, sagging skin is then removed. The abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, arms, and hips can also be lifted during the same procedure. Liposuction is typically done to remove any pockets of fat. Since the buttocks usually flatten after massive weight loss, buttock augmentation may also be done.
Many body lift surgeries can be performed with intravenous sedation, a method that gives the patient total comfort. Intravenous sedation also removes the need for hospitalization and general anesthesia. In such cases, Dr. Price will perform your body lift surgery in his private, fully licensed operating room. Some patients, however, may still require conventional anesthesia and hospital care.
What are the risks involved in a body lift?
Like other surgical procedures, body lifts come with risks and side effects. There will be scarring after the procedure. Some individuals continue to have loose skin after a body lift. Others require a follow-up procedure to achieve desired results. Possible complications include bleeding, infection, abnormal scars, and tissue death. The benefits and risks will be discussed with you by Dr. Price during your consultation.
What is body lift recovery like?
Bandages or dressing will be applied to the incisions. Small drainage tubes will be temporarily placed beneath the skin to drain excess blood. Dr. Price will also provide you with instructions on how to care for the treated sites, medications to take to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection, how to care for the drainage tubes, and when to return for a follow-up appointment.