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What is a Body Lift?

What is a Body Lift? | Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery | West HollywoodBody lift is a comprehensive body contouring plastic surgery procedure aimed at improving the tone and shape of the underlying loose or weak tissue that supports the skin and fat. Body lift surgery will help to remove the excess skin and fat and restore a smoother look in one or more areas of the body that need a lift. Unsightly cellulite condition of the skin can also be improved with body lift.

Some of the common sites where body lift surgery is performed include the abdomen, thighs, groin and buttocks. Aging, genetics, sun and wind exposure, pregnancy or weight fluctuations can lead to skin laxity in these areas.

If the patient suffers from stubborn fat deposits along with poor skin elasticity, body lift may have to be combined with liposuction. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides body lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

 

 

Candidacy

Individuals who are bothered by the loose, wrinkled or hanging skin in certain areas due to weak elasticity of soft tissue can make good candidates for body lift plastic surgery. It is usually difficult to improve the loose skin condition with diet or exercise, which makes body lift as the next best alternative.

Body lift is a major procedure, and the surgeon will ensure that the candidate is not suffering from any underlying health condition that could increase the risk of surgery or impair healing. The candidate should be committed to following the surgeon’s instructions for a safe surgery.

 

Surgical Procedure

In most cases, body lift surgery focuses on addressing the lower body areas. A full lower body lift would encompass surgical lifting of the waist, buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdomen in a single procedure. Alternatively, some patients may only need treatment in one or two areas. Upper body areas such as breast lift and arm lift may sometimes be combined to achieve more harmonious results.

The cosmetic surgeon will typically use general anesthesia to perform the body lift procedure. A unique customized surgical plan will be followed according to the extent of surgery required for a patient, the location of the surgical sites, and the amount of excess skin removal needed. In a complete lower body lift, the surgeon will create a circumferential incision around the lower waist to reposition and tightening the sagging tissue.

Once the underlying tissue is tightened, the surgeon will do deep internal suturing to support the newly formed contours. The patient will be able to notice to the improvement in the treated sites once they have recovered from the anesthesia effects. Full results will, however, establish over several months.

 

Recovery

The treated sites will be covered with bandages or dressings after the surgery. The surgeon will place temporary drain tubes under the skin in the incision areas. Recovery period will differ from one patient to another, but in most cases, patients can resume their normal routine or return to work in about 10 to 14 days.

Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other cities and communities in this part of California for body lift surgery.


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