For most people, it takes dedication and persistence to lose a significant amount of weight. Unfortunately, when you have shed the pounds and reached your ideal weight, you may be left with unsightly tissue, fat deposits and sagging skin in various parts of the body. At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles, our plastic surgeons can perform a body lift procedure to help create the sleek, sculpted body you have worked so hard to achieve.
What Is a Body Lift?
A body lift is cosmetic surgery to correct a flabby midsection and lower body. It is a surgical procedure to remove sagging skin and excess fat and to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue. Several areas of the body may be addressed in a body lift, including the:
- Lower back
Why Have a Body Lift?
For many people, most weight loss occurs in the midsection and lower body – abdomen, flanks, buttocks, hips, and thighs. Massive weight loss can leave large folds of skin that can cause chafing and discomfort, in addition to leaving with aesthetic concerns.
A body lift can not only remove excess skin but also lift the buttocks and create attractive contours to the body. This procedure can have excellent cosmetic results for men and women who have experienced massive weight loss, and for those who have sagging lower body skin after pregnancy or due to aging.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Body Lift?
The ideal candidate for a body lift is a person in good general health who has achieved a stable weight. You might consider this procedure if you have:
- Lost a significant amount of weight that has changed your body contours
- Loose skin around the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs
- Fat deposits in the belly, thighs, hips, and buttocks
- Separation of the abdominal muscles
Body Lift Procedure
This surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Incision techniques will depend on your anatomy and your individual surgical plan.
A common technique in a lower body lift uses incisions in a bikini pattern to tighten the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttocks, and groin in one surgical session. Through these incisions, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat and tightens and repositions tissues to improve body contours. Liposuction is often used in a body lift procedure.
Your surgeon will use deep suture within underlying tissues to help support and form the new contours. Incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives.
Benefits of a Body Lift
Unfortunately, exercise and weight loss alone cannot guarantee an attractive body. After your hard work to shed the extra weight, either through exercise or bariatric surgery, a body lift can help you achieve:
- Flatter, tighter abdomen
- Higher, tighter buttocks
- Sleeker thighs
- Cellulite and fold removal
- Well-defined, sculpted, attractive body shape
At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, a body lift in Orange County/Los Angeles County is never a cookie-cutter procedure. After consultation and careful evaluation of your anatomy, our skilled plastic surgeons can tailor an individual body lift treatment plan for you.