What is A Body Lift?
A Body Lift in Houston performed by Dr. Mark Schusterman is a procedure that can remove excess skin, tone, and shape areas on the body. Common areas improved through body lifts include:
- Buttocks (by smoothing and shaping the area)
- The abdominal area (including the ‘love handles’ and lower back)
- Thighs (inner and outer areas, as well as addressing the width or thickness of the thighs)
Every human body is differently shaped. Dr. Schusterman understands that your needs will be unique, which is why he will craft your surgery plan around you: your desires, the areas you want to change, and your availability. Dr. Schusterman’s goal is always to deliver the best Body Lift Houston has to offer, while maintaining the best interest of his patients at heart.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Body Lift?
You should consider the following factors about getting a Houston body lift:
- Aging skin
- Significant weight loss
- Pregnancy that left excess skin
- Genetic factors that cause poor tissue elasticity
Excess fat can be removed via liposuction as long as the skin has proper elasticity, but if your skin sags and has not been able to bounce back to your previous body shape, then there’s a chance your skin may have lost its elasticity, and the best procedure is a body lift.
You are a good candidate for a body lift if you can agree to the following:
- Stop smoking before and after the procedure
- You are committed to maintaining your physical health and weight
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Schusterman will help you learn more about the body lift process to make sure there are no surprises. You will know exactly what the body lift can and can’t fix, and what changes will be made during your procedure.
Body Lift Procedure
Like a tummy tuck, a body lift can remove excess skin, and hanging skin and help alleviate skin rashes in the excess folds. Dr. Schusterman will outline the excess skin with a marker to determine the best areas to focus on. Next, you will be sedated during the surgery, which can take from 2-8 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure.
Liposuction is often used in combination with a body lift to remove excess fat, and then the abdominal muscles will be tightened to give your body some contour. Once the incisions are closed, compression garments are placed on the body lift areas to help with the healing process.
The full post-surgical recovery time differs with each patient and the extent of the surgery.
Some patients may only require an overnight stay, but patients may be hospitalized for up to one week if the body lift surgery is extensive. You can return to work in 4-6 weeks, but it is recommended to give your body 6-8 weeks to heal before resuming various activities that put pressure on the areas affected by the procedure, such as exercise and sex.
You will be able to see results immediately with the removal of your excess skin, but scars will remain visible. They will fade over time and can most often be hidden with clothing. Dr. Schusterman will have thorough discussions with you about scar placement and duration, so that you can determine what procedures will be right for you. It is important to go into the body lift procedure with a positive outlook and have realistic expectations of your surgery.
Schedule Your Houston Body Lift Consultation with Dr. Mark Schusterman
A body lift is designed to remove excess skin, tone, and shape areas on the body that have low elasticity. Consider the Body Lift if you suffer from significant weight change, poor tissue elasticity, aging, or pregnancy that has left excess skin.
Dr. Schusterman is available for a Houston Body Lift consultation to discuss your body lift questions and determine the right procedure. The Body Lift may be done in conjunction with other techniques, but it is best to discuss this along with your body goals with the doctor. Dr. Schusterman is a caring listener and takes your concerns seriously. When you have a consultation with him for a body lift, Houston patients will feel confident that your procedure will be done according to your wishes. Learn why Dr. Schusterman is widely regarded as one of Houston’s Best Doctors. Schedule a Houston body lift consultation with Dr. Schusterman today.
Body Lift FAQs
Your final cost for your procedure will depend on the number of areas you want to address and the procedures you want to include in your body lift. Dr. Mark Schusterman of Houston, Texas offers some of the best financing options available for you, so you can make sure that you get the right results the first time. Cash, checks, and most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, are accepted.
The Body Lift is considered an elective surgery and is not covered under medical insurance. However, Texas Center for Breast & Body can work with you and your financial situation to offer reasonable payment options.
Expect 6-8 weeks of recovery time. To optimize the healing process, a specific post-surgical recovery plan will be outlined for you to follow. Dr. Schusterman will provide this to you. Refrain from heavy lifting, strenuous physical activity, and operating heavy machinery until advised to do so by Dr. Schusterman in your recovery plan.
Invasive surgical procedures carry certain risks and complications, and they may include: swelling, scarring, numbness, bleeding at the incision site, persistent pain, blood clotting, fluid accumulation, infection, and nerve damage. These risks can be minimized by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schusterman for your surgery.