Bariatric surgery has helped many people meet their BMI goals and develop healthier lives, but it has also created the need for body-contouring procedures like the body lift in Monmouth County. Significant weight loss leads to excess sagging skin and pockets of excess fat. The aim of body contouring is to remove this excess tissue for both cosmetic and functional purposes.
Daily activities can be hampered due to frequent chafing between the functional skin and excess skin. This can cause significant discomfort and possible skin infections from excessive irritation. The patient’s hygiene also becomes an issue because of the ease at which moisture is retained between flaps of loose skin; this moisture presents an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. With a body lift, these issues can be corrected.
Body Lift Procedures
Although it is possible to perform a full body lift in one lengthy session, most doctors prefer to break up body-contouring surgeries for the safety and comfort of the patient. Body-contouring procedures are split up into a few of the most common areas operated on:
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Lower Body Lift (normally thighs and buttocks)
Most of these surgeries result in post-surgical marks that respond minimally to reduction procedures. Therefore, the incisions are situated in normally covered areas of the body, such as under the arms or below the waist line.
The arm lift (or brachioplasty) procedure attempts to procure a more natural and youthful look by removing the fat and excess skin hanging down from the underarms. This is more commonly seen in women, but it can also occur in men who have lost significant weight.
The incision is made beneath the arm and can extend from the elbow to the armpit, depending on how much skin must be removed. However, most patients are satisfied with the results and believe trading “skin for scars” is worthwhile, especially when scars are efficiently hidden by the surgeon.
The tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) tightens the abdominal walls and removes excess skin to create a flatter abdomen. This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia.
It begins with an incision along the bikini-line and the removal of the navel. Once the abdominal walls have been repositioned, the skin flap is pulled down, stretched and cut for the new naval fixture. The procedure is moderately invasive and requires around two to three weeks before exercise can be attempted.
The breast lift (or mastopexy) reshapes the breasts and repositions the areolas. Skin below the breast is generally removed, and the nipple is moved higher while skin above the breast is pulled around to create a swell.
This procedure is usually combined with breast augmentation (enlargement) so as to better fill the empty space vacated by the fat loss. The areolas can also be resized if necessary. Most of the scars associated with this procedure are hidden by a normal bra.
Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift consists of both a thigh lift and a buttock lift, both aimed at resecting as much excess skin as possible.
The thigh lift is performed similar to an arm lift, with the surgical incision varying in position based on where most of the skin lies. The butt lift does not make use of implants at all, although some can use fat harvested from other parts of the body to “fill out” the shape. Although in most cases of body contouring related to bariatric surgery, the simple cutting and repositioning of the skin produces satisfactory results.
Recovery varies from patient to patient. You will need to follow Dr. Nagy’s post-surgical care directions closely to ensure best results and prevent a prolonged recovery process.
It will be necessary to wear post-surgical garments for a time. These will help reduce swelling and will make the skin better conform to the areas’ new contours. Bruising will also be present but will fade in time.
Staying home from work will be required, along with plenty of rest. Avoid physically taxing activities until cleared to resume them.
Body Lift Cost
The price of a body lift depends on the specific procedures each patient includes in it. Additionally, cost is affected by factors such as overall time required to perform the surgery, anesthesia costs, and the techniques utilized.