Full Body Lift Surgery is a solution for anyone who’s lost weight and is left with excess skin on their face, breasts, back, trunk and thighs. Extremely obese individuals often experience a loss in skin elasticity due to the prolonged periods of stretching from the increased volume of weight.
Whether through surgery or improved nutrition and fitness habits, shedding a significant amount of weight results in pounds of loose skin. The only way to tighten the skin is through surgery, which unfortunately leads to scarring. The severity of scarring depends on the amount of excess skin removed. For a full body lift, long scars will remain on the inner legs, underneath the arms, across the stomach, and across the hips.
Dr. Schusterman evaluates the patient’s entire body to determine the extent of the incisions and duration of the surgery. General anesthesia is used for the operation, which can last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on the amount of excess skin removed. During the surgery, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is typically performed first, after which excess skin is removed from the legs, arms, and breast areas.
If required, a liposuction procedure may also be used during surgery to remove excess fat from troublesome areas. Breast augmentation or lifts may also be performed during the surgery to reduce sagging skin and enhance size.
After a body lift, common side effects of any post-surgical period occur, such as pain, bleeding, swelling and redness. These are all temporary, and most plastic surgeons plan for this in advance and prescribe medications accordingly.
Post-Surgery Schedule & Timeframe
Because of the extent of the body lift surgery, recuperation takes time. However, properly managed with a gradual return to activities of daily living will see patients returned to their preoperative health within 4-6 weeks.
A skilled plastic surgeon in Houston will use the latest surgical procedures to create thin, fine unobtrusive scars which fade with time.
The key to successful results after a Houston body lift is to have it done by a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon who is well versed with all the procedures and expert in producing optimal results. For patients contemplating a body lift after extreme weight loss, consult your plastic surgeon to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your unique needs.
Patients should expect some degree of pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. Total recovery time depends on the extent of the surgery and patients may be hospitalized up to one week.
The results achieved with a body lift remain sensitive to diet and exercise. Even after contouring, patients with previously loose skin will experience loosening and sagging much faster with age than their peers.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
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