Surgery for weight loss (also known as bariatric surgery) can help you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. The procedure can be life-changing, with benefits to your health, appearance, and self-esteem. However, losing such a large amount of weight can leave you with excess skin and tissue that can be impossible to get rid of on your own. With a body lift procedure, Dr. Sweat can remove this excess skin and tissue to reveal the contour you’ve worked so hard for! Here’s what you need to know about the body lift procedure after massive weight loss:
What can a body lift do?
With weight gain, the skin naturally stretches, and with good skin elasticity, the skin can bounce back with slight weight fluctuations. However, when a large amount of weight is gained and then lost, the skin is left hanging over the body. This results in skin irritation, difficulty wearing tight clothing, and feelings of self-consciousness. Body lift procedures can surgically remove this excess skin and tissue from the body.
What’s included in a body lift?
A body lift surgery is a highly customizable body contouring procedure that allows you to choose what you need based on your concerns. Your body lift with Dr. Sweat might include:
Upper body lift surgery
An upper body lift will target the upper back and bra area. During the procedure, an incision will be made along the back. The tissue in the upper back and bra area is then tightened, and any excess sagging skin is removed.
Lower body lift surgery
The lower body lift can address the abdomen, sides, flanks, lower back, inner thighs, and buttocks. During the body lift for the abdomen, sides, and flanks, an incision is made along the waistline, and skin is removed circumferentially. We’ll also remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissue to create a flat abdominal and back area.
How do I prepare for a body lift?
Preparing for your body lift is an important step in your procedure. Before you undergo the body lift, it is vital to remember that the procedure will only address large amounts of skin and tissue, not fat. If you have not completed your weight loss journey or your weight is still fluctuating, you should hold off on having your procedure. In order to be a successful candidate, you must maintain your healthy weight with a healthy lifestyle and be prepared to do so after surgery. Future weight gain could affect your body lift results.
If you’re bothered by excess skin and tissue after weight loss surgery, contact Dr. Sweat today for a consultation. He can go over your body lift procedure options and determine which techniques are right for you.