• A body lift 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.

    A body lift may include these areas:

    • Abdominal area – locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
    • Buttocks
    • Thigh – the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or the thigh’s circumference

    Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, and genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

    Body lift candidates

    In general, body lift candidates include:

    • Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas
    • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness

    Body lift recovery

    During your body lift surgery recovery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure is complete. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include:

    • How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery.
    • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing.
    • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health.
    • How to care for your drains.
    • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

    The results of body lift surgery are visible almost immediately. However, it may take two years or more for the final results of the body lift procedures to fully develop. Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.

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