Have you lost a significant amount of weight? If so, congratulations! Are you struggling with excess skin after weight loss? Have you considered a body-lift procedure to remove excess skin and reshape your body? If you’re thinking about a body-lift procedure but are unsure if you’re a good candidate, read on!
What Is a Body-Lift Procedure?
A body-lift procedure is a type of plastic surgery procedure that improves the shape and tone of the tissue that supports the skin and fat. During the body-lift procedure, sagging, excess skin and unwanted fat are removed. The body-lift procedure helps to contour the treatment area and can help to smooth out irregular, dimpled or wrinkled skin, as well.
What Body Areas Can Be Lifted?
The body-lift procedure can be performed on the upper-body areas such as the breasts, upper arms and midsection/abdominal area. Lower-body regions can also be lifted, such as the inner and outer thighs and the buttocks.
Some body-lift procedures can be combined, but due to the length of some surgeries, it may be better to schedule out procedures for different areas to allow for comfort and healing. Body-lifts may also be combined with liposuction, and in the case of the Brazilian butt-lift may involve an autologous fat transfer.
What Causes Excess and Sagging Skin?
The same things that cause sagging skin and poor tissue elasticity on the face cause sagging skin and poor tissue elasticity on the body: aging, damage caused by prolonged sun exposure, and genetics. Other factors that contribute to sagging and excessive skin include pregnancy and changes in weight. Individuals who experience significant weight loss are often left with sagging skin when they hit their goal weight.
Excess skin can be heavy, cumbersome and uncomfortable. Many people are also self-conscious about their excess skin and how it changes their body shape.
What Makes a Good Candidate for a Body-Lift?
Ideal body-lift candidates are in good health, without underlying health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Good candidates for body-lift procedures are also non-smokers or individuals who can quit for at least six weeks before and after their surgery. Candidates will have achieved or are close to their goal weight. Bariatric surgery patients often seek body-lift procedures after losing weight rapidly.
Learn more about the body-lift procedures offered by Dr. Peterson. Call us today at 785-234-9000 to schedule your consultation.