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Body Lift Surgery in Houston

A body lift is one of the most powerful procedures in plastic surgery used to shape your body and create an hourglass figure. Dr. Vitenas is a true expert in body contouring having performed hundreds of full-body lift surgeries over his 30 years in practice.

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    What is a Body Lift?

    After losing a significant amount of weight, it is common for patients to notice an increase in skin laxity in various areas of the body. This can often occur weeks or months after bariatric surgery or other weight loss efforts. The rapid loss of fatty tissue causes the skin to lack elasticity and become loose. While this condition affects older patients more often than younger ones, it can happen to anybody. These conditions can wear down one’s self-confidence and negatively impact their overall quality of life.

    A body lift is a surgical procedure that firms and contours multiple parts of the entire body by removing excess skin and fat.

    Body parts that can benefit from body lift surgery include the:

    • Outer thighs
    • Hips
    • Abdomen
    • Back
    If the patient has poor tissue elasticity, tightening procedures may be required in multiple areas to remove the unwanted skin and improve body contours. With a body lift procedure provided by Dr. Vitenas in Houston, TX, patients can achieve a tighter, smoother, and more proportionate silhouette.

    Body Lift Surgery Benefits

    There is hope for those who have been struggling with excess skin and fat, despite their best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Popular surgical body lift procedures are now available that can address unwanted, hanging skin in various regions of the body. Treatments such as lower body lift, thigh lift, breast lift, arm lift, and buttock lift give a new look to the midsection and redefine the body.

    There are many benefits of body lift surgery, including:

    Increased Confidence
    Enhanced Body Contour
    A surgical body lift revitalizes body shape, restoring a youthful waist, lifting the thighs and buttocks, and smoothing body contour while eliminating unwanted skin folds. This procedure enhances the body’s overall aesthetic.
    Improved Health
    Strengthened Core
    Body lift surgery contributes to strengthening the core, providing more stability and balance, improving posture, and reducing potential back pain. A stable core can positively affect many other areas in the body.

    Who is a Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?

    The best candidates for body lift surgery are men and women who have experienced significant weight loss, leaving them with excess sagging fat and skin. They are typically bothered by excessive fat that interferes with wearing certain types of clothing or participating in activities. This could be due to bariatric surgery, dietary changes, or exercise.

    Ideal candidates should also:

    • Have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand the limitations.
    • Be in good physical and mental health.
    • Have maintained a stable weight for at least six months prior.
    • Be at or very close to their ideal body weight.

    During each body lift consultation, Dr. Vitenas will assess a patient's candidacy based on:

    • Skin elasticity
    • Fat deposits
    • And muscle tone
    Based on each patient’s specific needs and goals, Dr. Vitenas will determine if a patient can benefit from a body lift or alternate plastic surgery procedures. Additional concerns like breast sagging may be addressed with a breast lift combined with body contouring.

    The Body Lift Surgery Procedure

    Body lift surgical procedures begin with Dr. Vitenas marking all of the incision sites. Patients will receive general anesthesia to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the procedure. The body lift procedure takes between four and five hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Vitenas will make incisions and strategically remove excess skin, subcutaneous fat, and tissue from the midsection. Using sutures, the remaining skin is tightened, and the incisions are closed. Because of the personalized nature of surgical body lifts, a variety of techniques can be used.

    Expert Body Lift Techniques

    The incision length, pattern, and areas treated depend on each patient’s unique needs. Body lifting may include these surgical techniques:

    • Belt Lipectomy – Removes loose, hanging skin of the abdomen and tightens abdominal muscles. The scar circles the waistline and can be hidden by underwear or a bikini.
    • Complete Lower Body Lift – Reshapes the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks in one procedure. Incisions extend all the way around the waist.
    • Brachioplasty – Removes extra skin and excess fat between the underarm and elbow. Scarring is limited to the inner arm.
    • Mastopexy – Reshapes sagging breasts by lifting tissue and reducing areola size.

    On the day of surgery, patients wake up with a completely different body, all problem areas addressed and corrected, and a major boost in self-confidence from newly shaped contours.

    What to expect from the consultation process
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    The Houston Body Lift Consultation

    The initial consultation at our Houston practice provides an opportunity to discuss body lift surgery goals and determine if it is the right treatment option. Here are some details on what to expect:

    During the consultation, patients should openly communicate their goals for surgery and address any concerns. Dr. Vitenas welcomes any and all questions. He provides expert body lift guidance so patients can feel confident about their decision before and after their procedure.

    Body Lift Surgery Recovery Process

    Because each patient’s goals and needs are unique, recovery time may vary. The initial recovery period typically lasts from four to six weeks as the body heals. In general, the timeline of body lift recovery is as follows:
    • Immediately after the procedure, the patient will need assistance with daily activities at their residence for around one week.
    • Surgical drains remove excess fluid and are removed after one week.
    • Some swelling and bruising are common and resolve after around two weeks.
    • Normal activity can typically be resumed after two to three weeks.
    • Compression garments should stay on for around six weeks.
    • Vigorous activity and exercise should wait four to six weeks when healing allows.
    • Results will continue to refine over six months to a year as swelling subsides.

    To recover from their body lift surgery with the highest level of success and comfort, patients are expected to follow all post-procedure guidelines from Dr. Vitenas. This includes wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling and support new contours. Proper wound care is essential, and prescription pain medication can be provided to manage any discomfort. 

    Follow-up appointments are extremely important for an optimal recovery. For more information on achieving the very best results from your body lift, read Dr. Vitenas’ body lift recovery guide.

    Body Lift Cost in Houston, TX

    Starting at $28,000, a body lift with Dr. Vitenas, one of Houston’s leading surgeons specializing in body procedures, is focused on enhancing and tightening various areas of your body. This cost covers the expertise of Dr. Vitenas and his team, including the anesthesiologist, the usage of the surgery room, and all follow-up care needed.

    Here’s what a body lift includes:

    • Tummy Tuck: Flattens and tightens the belly by removing extra skin and fat.
    • Back Lift: Shapes the back by getting rid of excess skin and fat.
    • Buttock Lift: Lifts and improves the shape of the buttocks.
    • Thigh Lift: Tones the thighs by removing extra skin and fat.
    • Breast Lift or Chest Reshaping: Raises sagging breasts or reshapes the chest for a better upper body look.
    • Arm Lift: Defines the upper arms by targeting loose skin and fat.

    Dr. Vitenas brings a wealth of experience and a reputation as a leading body procedure surgeon in Houston. His cost reflects the costs of the various surgeries, his expertise, and his excellent post-surgery care. Only the cost of any prescription medication is not covered. This eliminates any surprise costs associated with necessary services for a safe, comfortable, and successful procedure and recovery.

    The first step is to consult with Dr. Vitenas to get a personalized quote tailored to your goals and needs. During this consultation, you will receive a detailed cost estimate based on the specific outcomes you wish to achieve with your body lift procedure.

    Dr. Vitenas’ Surgical Approach

    Benefits of Choosing Dr. Vitenas for Your Body Lift

    When considering a body lift procedure, it is important to choose between the most experienced plastic surgeons with an active commitment to helping you achieve the best results. Dr. Vitenas is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Houston, TX, with expertise in many different body contouring procedures. As a leading Texas cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Vitenas offers these benefits:
    • Extensive experience with body lifts and post-weight loss surgeries
    • A skilled artistic eye to create beautiful, natural-looking results
    • A caring, compassionate approach that puts patients at ease
    • A private accredited surgery center providing personalized care
    • The latest body contouring techniques for safety and precision
    • Realistic guidance on achieving goals and optimal results
    With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Vitenas has the expertise to properly evaluate candidacy, develop customized surgical plans, and deliver satisfying outcomes. His inviting practice offers a comfortable, spa-like environment to make the entire process simple and relaxing.

    Body Lift Surgery FAQ

    A body lift is a surgical procedure to eliminate loose, overhanging skin and reshape the underlying tissue after major weight loss or in patients that require a more extensive procedure than a tummy tuck.

    A 360 body lift is a complete lower body contouring procedure designed to address excess skin and fat. It combines techniques to reshape the abdomen, sides, back, buttocks, hips, and thighs in one surgery. The 360 lift helps refine contours all the way around the midsection. The 360 body lift is especially beneficial for those who've experienced massive weight loss and are left with significant excess skin and fat.

    A body lift removes loose, excess skin for contouring after major weight loss. Liposuction is fat removal only and does not address skin laxity issues. However, liposuction can supplement a body lift by eliminating isolated fat pockets.

    As with any major surgery, potential body lift risks include bleeding, infection, scarring issues, fluid buildup, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Vitenas will take all necessary precautions to minimize risks.

    The incisions required for skin removal will result in permanent scars. However, the surgeon strategically places the incisions so they can be hidden by the body's natural creases, undergarments, bathing suits, and clothing. Over time and with the appropriate care, the scars will fade significantly.

    A body lift trims away redundant skin left behind after significant weight loss achieved through proper diet and exercise. The amount of weight lost directly correlates to the excess skin able to be removed by the surgeon. Many patients have experienced massive weight loss of 50 to 150 pounds. Healthy lifestyle choices post-procedure can help a patient maintain these life-changing results.

    A Body Lift, starting at $28,000, involves several procedures to improve the body's shape and contour, covering the surgeon, anesthesiologist, use of the surgical suite, and follow-up care. The procedures typically include:  
    • Extended Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): Removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, extending to the sides and possibly lower back.
    • Back Lift: Targeting excess skin and fat in the back to improve contour.
    • Buttock Lift: Lifting and possibly augmenting the buttocks for a better shape.
    • Thigh Lift: Removing excess skin and fat from the thighs for a toned appearance.
    • Breast Lift (Mastopexy) or Chest Reshaping: For improving the upper body's appearance by lifting sagging breasts or reshaping the chest area.
    • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Targeting loose skin and fat on the upper arms to create a more defined look.
    The cost reflects the complexity of the surgeries, the expertise required, and comprehensive post-operative care. The final cost for your specific body lift will be set during your consultation.