If you have had a major weight loss, you might have a large amount of excess skin that can mask the great strides you have made in your appearance. Body lift procedures can further slenderize your new body by removing that excess skin. The body lift procedure Dr. Cho performs is also known as a belt lipectomy. It is an extensive surgery used to remove excess skin from the upper or lower body.
Body Lift Procedure Overview
A body lift can remove excess skin following a major weight loss, improve the fit of your clothing and do wonders for your self-image. You can consider a body lift a rewarding step in your major weight loss achievement. Your weight loss may be the result of diet and exercise or a surgical procedure such as bariatric surgery. People often struggle with excess skin afterward that masks the great strides they have made.
Dr. Cho offers those individuals body lift procedures to further slenderize their new bodies by removing that excess skin. The body lift procedure Dr. Cho performs is also known as a belt lipectomy, an extensive surgery that is used to remove excess skin from the lower body. Your body lift procedure, which removes the “belt” of excess skin around your midsection, will further slenderize your new body.
The incisions made during the body lift are placed in the natural folds of the skin or hidden beneath the underwear border where they will be less visible and hidden, if possible. The surgery may be done in stages based on your individual needs. After the incisions have been made, the excess skin is lifted and removed.
Dr. Cho may also perform liposuction surgery to further contour the area. The incisions will be closed and compression garments will be applied to aid in proper healing and to maintain the new shape of your lower body. The procedure will last from 3-5 hours.
A body lift can remove excess skin on your thighs, buttocks, and hips as well as your abdomen. Liposuction may be performed at the same time. Some patient will opt to add contouring of their arms, inner thighs or breasts although staging these procedures may be wise to reduce the intensity of recovery and the overall stress to the body.
A panniculectomy can remove the “apron” of loose skin and fat that hangs down from the stomach, while a mini tummy tuck also addresses sagging skin in your lower belly and will result in less scarring than a full tummy tuck. A bra-line backlift can be combined with an abdominoplasty to achieve skin-tightening results.
If you have good skin tone, you can consider non-surgical skin tightening treatments such as BodyTite or Ultherapy. These procedures are not intended to address excessive skin laxity.
Risks for a body lift are similar to the risks of most surgeries. A lower body lift is a major operation, and it is possible to develop an infection, pain and significant swelling. You may also develop blood clots but compression garments and light exercise can minimize the risk. In rare cases you may develop serious issues with your heart or lungs.
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