Losing weight can be a major accomplishment. However, there are downsides to the process, to which many people dealing with the aftermath of weight loss can attest. Unfortunately, these realities can mar the accomplishments that are so hard-earned. If you are struggling with your self-image following massive weight loss, then you may want to consider celebrating your accomplishment with a procedure to help you feel even better: a body lift.
The skin is an elastic organ that can stretch and retract when we gain or lose weight. This is an amazing ability, but it does have its limits. When the skin is forced to expand or retract too quickly, there are some permanent changes that occur. When skin stretches too fast, stretch marks often appear, such as during a period of rapid growth, pregnancy, or weight gain. When a massive amount of weight is lost, the skin often cannot retract back to the size of the body, causing hanging, sagging skin that can taint the appearance of the body overall.
Along with sagging skin, body contour can be affected after weight loss, with uneven distribution that can compromise the aesthetics of the body. While exercise can tone specific areas, it is sometimes impossible to get the desired results from that alone.
A body lift is not one procedure but a combination of techniques that can be customized to suit each patient’s needs. Traditionally, a body lift consists of a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift, but there are no limitations on which procedures can be combined for optimal results.
Body lift surgery involves removing excess skin from the affected areas, resolving small pockets of stubborn fat that often do not respond to diet and exercise, and contouring the body for a sleeker, more streamlined silhouette.
Because the surgery is highly customizable, surgical times and procedures can vary. And because of the comprehensive nature of the body lift, surgical times can also be quite extensive.
The surgical recovery process for a body lift is significant, and patients must be prepared to deal with the reality of the downtime, discomfort, and aftercare involved. Following surgery, bruising and swelling are expected, with bruising typically fading within a month, and swelling lasting at least 3-4 months. Patients can return to desk jobs within about 3-4 weeks, but full healing will take about 6 months. Each doctor has his or her own guidelines for patients, which should be followed carefully to promote safety, good results, and to minimize scarring.
Candidates for body lift will be in good health, non-smokers, and have significant loose, sagging skin in the lower body area. Weight stability is key for candidacy, as someone who has not finished losing weight will see changes in the results down the road if they drop or gain pounds. Women who are interested in having a family are encouraged to wait until after their last pregnancy to undergo a body lift, as pregnancy stretches out skin and stomach muscles, which can compromise results of a body lift. Anyone considering body lift surgery will need to have their candidacy assessed by an expert, particularly with the invasive nature of the procedure in mind.
Don’t let your accomplishments be compromised by obstacles like sagging skin and sub-optimal body contour. You deserve to look as great as you feel! If you’re ready to move forward with the body lift process, then it’s time to start looking for a doctor you can trust. Body lift surgery is a major and often life-changing procedure, and you need to be sure to choose a surgeon who has your best interests at heart and the skill to give you the results you want.
A double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Masri is an expert in body contouring procedures, with over 25 years of experience. He is focused on helping patients find the procedure to suit their needs and reach their goals using his skills, knowledge, and abilities. If you would like to meet with Dr. Gupta to discuss a potential body lift procedure, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan, at 866-487-3223 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.