Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss in Scottsdale & Phoenix
Despite a healthy diet and a good exercise regimen, sagging skin and stubborn fat can remain a problem. It’s time for a change with one of the best body lift Scottsdale or Phoenix surgeons can offer you today.
A body lift can improve the shape and firmness of your body, because it reduces excess fat and skin, manages cellulite, poor tissue elasticity, and saggy body contours. Making it a highly effective solution.
What is a Body Lift?
A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. In addition to removing excess fat and skin, the procedure can improve the appearance of cellulite. There are several areas of the body which a body lift can target depending on your individual body type. The procedure most commonly addresses the shape and tone, from the abdominal area down to the thighs.
It is important to understand that body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. A combination of liposuction and body lift, is commonly recommended in cases where skin elasticity is poor, in order to achieve the desired results.
Common Body Lift Procedures
Dr. DeVito is a body lift Phoenix specialist with many years of experience, who can take care of some of the most common procedures like:
Upper Arm Lift
An upper arm lift tightens loose skin and takes out fat to reshape your upper arm. Also known as brachioplasty, this procedure addresses issues stemming from natural aging and weight loss. An upper arm lift can be combined with liposuction for maximum results.
You should consider an upper arm lift if you have bat wings, i.e. excessive upper arm skin and fat, after losing a lot of weight. Or that your shape is tarnished by underarm laxity despite having normal weight. An upper arm lift will allow you to fit better in form-fitting clothes, without feeling self-conscious, but instead, have new-found self-confidence.
A thigh lift discards excess skin and fat from your inner or outer thighs after losing a lot of weight or if you have excess tissue in your upper thighs despite healthy diet and exercise routine. Many patients also use liposuction as part of a thigh lift.
This is a great procedure to get if you’re looking for a firmer appearance and are tired of having loose skin on your thighs. The end result will be a more shapely figure and firmer thighs.
A butt lift removes skin and fat from the gluteal area, after weight loss or factors such as age and heredity. Also known as a buttock lift, this procedure uses surgical excision and liposuction to get rid of loose and saggy skin in your buttocks.
Your self-confidence will dramatically improve after you’ve completed your buttock lift to give you a smoother and more toned buttocks. The results are long-lasting, and you will no longer feel self-conscious about your gluteal area.
A belt lipectomy, also known as a lower body lift, tightens and helps to sculpt from your abdomen and down your hips, buttocks and your thighs. Over the years, weight fluctuation and natural aging results in loose skin below your waistline.
You should consider a belt lipectomy if you’ve experienced weight loss from dieting or surgery, or have overhanging skin in your lower body that curbs your mobility and creates rashes and infections. You will gain self-confidence from having a more sculpted contour with the elimination of loose skin.
Getting a liposuction means eradicating pockets of fat from different areas of your body, including ankles, arms, back, buttocks, breasts, calves, hips, love handles, neck, and thighs. Also known as lipoplasty, it is one of the most popular and safest cosmetic procedures. Keep in mind that liposuction does not tighten your skin; it only removes fat.
The results of liposuction include better definition and contour in many areas of your body and will provide you with a slimmer appearance which will make your clothes fit better.
A tummy tuck surgery will flatten your abdomen by taking out excess fat and loose skin, while tightening the muscles in your abdominal wall. Many women have a tummy tuck after a pregnancy to deal with a flabby stomach, weak muscles and stretch marks.
You should ponder a tummy tuck if you have excess skin or stretch marks in your stomach after weight loss, pregnancy or seeing no progress through diet and exercise. What you will gain is a flat stomach, a more youthful appearance and ability to fit better in your clothes.
Every year, many women undergo a breast lift to deal with saggy and uneven breasts that are drooping or have lost volume. Also known as mastopexy, this procedure restores a youthful shape to your breasts. A breast lift is often done at the same time as a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
There are many factors that result in saggy and/or excessive skin in your breasts, including aging, heredity, pregnancy and weight gain or loss. A breast lift will give you symmetry, better shape, and a more youthful appearance in your breasts. You will gain self-esteem as you fit more organically in your clothes.
Best Candidates For Body Lift
Ideal candidates for surgery are non-smoking, healthy adults with significant amount of loose and/or sagging skin in one or more areas of their body. It is important to have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish, by having a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and fitness.
Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
You should definitely consider body contouring after losing a lot of weight because you will likely end up with an excessive amount of fat and hanging skin in areas such as the arms, chest, legs, neck and torso. A body lift/body contouring procedure will address the extra skin and give you your best shape ever.
Preparing for a Body Lift
Scottsdale body lift surgeon Dr. DeVito, will discuss your current health, examine your medical history and go over what you need to do to get ready for your surgery. This will include which medications you will need to stop taking at least two weeks before your procedure, and also to avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs that can cause bleeding during the surgery. You will also need to stop smoking at least two weeks before your procedure.
Body Lift Procedure
Body lift surgery can dramatically change your appearance and the results are permanent if you keep your weight stable through strict dieting and routine exercise. During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions and removes excess, sagging skin. The surgeon also lifts and tightens the area in the same procedure. To remove fat and improve body contour, liposuction is the perfect procedure.
A complete body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure. With a lower body lift, the doctor must lift tissue from knee level up. It typically includes a tummy tuck, thigh lift and butt lift performed at the same time. The upper body lift may be the appropriate treatment for patients with severe skin laxity of the upper torso. This procedure is highly specific to the particular patient, but typically includes a bra line back lift and upper abdominoplasty.
Recovering from a Body Lift Surgery
Expect your recovery to take two or three weeks before you can return to your normal activities. You will probably feel some discomfort on the affected areas following your procedure. Pain medication can be prescribed for relief and to reduce any infection.
You will receive dressings or bandages on your incisions, which can take up to two weeks to heal. In fact, it can be over a year before the incisions fade away. The incisions will be permanent but can be hidden by your clothes and swimwear.
You may need to be wrapped in an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and support your new contours, as well as get a small tube underneath your skin to deal with excess fluid or blood. It is a good idea to walk as soon as possible to minimize the potential for blood clots and to speed up the healing process. However, you will need to avoid bending and lifting for a few days after your surgery. Also, avoid standing upright if your procedure involved your abdomen or thighs. It is recommended that you sleep with your knees elevated with pillows.
Body Lift Surgery FAQs
What are the Benefits of a Body Lift?
To improve the body’s appearance after weight loss surgery, many individuals undergo a body lift surgery. Exercise cannot always achieve the desired results for people who have sagging skin and uneven contours. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy and significant changes in weight contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in the appearance of sagging abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
If you desire a firmer, more youthful-looking body contour, then a body lift may help achieve your goals. It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.
What are the Results?
You should see some immediate results soon after your surgery. However, the fully developed final result will take at least two years.
Is it permanent?
Your results will be long-lasting as long as you keep a stable weight and good overall physical health.
Is it Safe? What are the Risks?
When performed in the ideal candidate, complications are rare. The higher your body mass index (BMI) is, the more likely you are to have complications resulting from the procedure. Possible complications include bleeding, infection, necrosis, scars, seroma and hematoma.
Will there be a Scar?
The scars from your body lift surgery will remain because the procedure is extensive and usually involves incisions in several areas.
What is the Cost?
The cost of a body lift can vary based on what needs to be done. Dr. DeVito provides the highest quality of care and service, using her years of experience as a plastic surgeon. Call our office to discuss in more detail your insurance and some of our ongoing specials.
During your consultation, you will have an opportunity to talk about your concerns and your goals with Dr. DeVito. She will explain the details of your procedure and how it will meet your objectives. You will have the information you need about what to expect during and after your procedure, including recovering at home.
Dr. DeVito is a renowned Scottsdale plastic surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body, and cares about her patients. Dr. DeVito goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, and receive the best body lift Scottsdale has to offer you.