The results of the body lift are often astonishing and can truly change a person’s life. It is an ideal procedure for patients who have experienced massive weight loss but are left with excess skin and fatty tissue. The body lifts may be combined with other procedures for a complete rejuvenation of the body, including liposuction or surgery of the arms. Good candidates for the body lift men and women who are in good health and are looking to improve excess skin and fat along the middle section of the body.
Dr. Vitenas performs the body lift at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center, with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort. The surgery takes four to six hours to complete and is performed with general anesthesia. A circumferential incision is made around the lower abdomen and above the buttocks. Excess skin and fat are then removed from the abdomen, hips and lower back.
The recovery after the body lift takes about two weeks. Patients are often required to wear a compression garment during this time. Small drainage tubes are placed on the treatment area after surgery and are removed within five to ten days. Patients may experience some discomfort which can be managed with medication. Work can usually be resumed within two weeks, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is a body lift?
The body lift is a plastic surgery procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, backside, and hips, restoring a beautiful shape to the body.
Q – Who is a candidate for a body lift?
Men and women who are in good health and are looking to improve the appearance of excess skin and fat in the middle section of the body may be good candidates or a body lift. The procedure is ideal for patients who are left with excess skin and fatty tissue following massive weight loss.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for a body lift?
During the consultation for a body lift, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous body lift patients, and computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for the body lift performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the body lift surgery at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center. This allows for an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort.
Q – How much does body lift surgery cost?
In general, the total cost of body lift surgery includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. The price can range from $14,000 – $18,000 depending on the surgical technique and level of correction that is desired. For a more specific idea of the cost of the body lift surgery feel free to upload your photos to our contact us form.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for the body lift?
The body lift is performed with general anesthesia.
Q – How is the body lift performed?
For the body lift, a circumferential incision is made around the lower abdomen and above the buttocks. Once the incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, lower back, and hips.
Q – How long is the surgery for a body lift?
The surgery for a body lift is about four to six hours long.
Q – Where are the incisions made for a body lift?
The incision for the body lift is a circumferential one which is located around the lower abdomen and above the buttocks.
Q – Does the body lift leave scars?
Patients will have a scar after the body lift which is located around the lower abdomen and above the buttocks.
Q – Is the body lift a painful procedure?
Patients may experience some discomfort after the body lift procedure, though medication can help to manage this.
Q – How long is the recovery after a body lift?
The recovery after a body lift takes about two weeks.
Q – What is the recovery like after a body lift?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about two weeks after the body lift. A compression garment may need to be worn during the recovery. Drainage tubes which are placed after surgery may be removed after five to ten days. Some swelling and bruising may occur.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my body lift surgery?
Patients are usually able to return to work within two weeks after the body lift.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my body lift procedure?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for about four to six weeks after the body lift.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of the body lift?
The potential risks or complications associated with the body lift may include bleeding, infection, scarring, and delayed wound healing.
Q – Is it possible to finance my body lift procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial body lift consultation. Please visit our financing options page to learn more.