A body lift in Los Angeles is designed to tighten the skin of a patient all the way around their body. The improvements may be dramatic. Patients who benefit from this surgery have typically lost a large amount of weight and have significant deformity from skin laxity. The body lift may address the lower body or the upper torso.
Body lifts following massive weight loss are an area of specialization for me. I perform hundreds of major operations on weight loss patients to tighten loose skin and improve body contour. I’ve published extensively in journal articles and textbook chapters on combined surgical procedures, body contouring and body lifts. In courses that I teach for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery, I include instruction on techniques and safety for these procedures.
Body lifts can be performed in two different ways, to treat either the upper or the lower body:
Lower body lift: The lower body lift is the most common type of body lift in my practice. It typically includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift and buttocks lift performed at the same time. The incision is concealed around the waistline so that it’s not visible when wearing underwear or a bikini.
Upper body lift: For patients with severe skin laxity of the upper torso, an upper body lift may be the appropriate treatment. This typically includes a bra line back lift and upper abdominoplasty. The procedure is individualized for the particular patient.
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Candidates for body lifts typically have lost large amounts of weight. They should be healthy and well nourished without vitamin or mineral deficiencies. They should not smoke, as smoking increases the risk of complications.
Patients usually take at least one week off from work following a body lift. I encourage patients to ambulate shortly after surgery. They may resume full exercise approximately 6 weeks following surgery.
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Possible risks of a body lift include delayed wound healing, bleeding, infection, seroma and venous blood clots. I take many precautions to minimize the risk of each of these complications. With diligent care, each of these complications may be treated and still result in a happy outcome from body lift surgery.
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