When an individual loses a significant amount of weight following bariatric weight loss surgery, they often experience excessive sagging and stretched skin that leads them to explore the idea of a body lift procedure. In general, a body lift aims to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, as explained by the Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery. Moreover, there are two types of body lifts—the lower body lift and the upper body lift, and individuals may seek to have both performed as part of a total body lift.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the following as the top four body contouring procedures:
- Extended Abdominoplasty | Lower Body Lift
- Thigh Lift
- Upper Arm Lift
- Breast Lift | Breast Reduction
When Is It Safe To Have Body Lift Surgery?
There are important considerations when it comes to body lift surgery, depending upon how an individual has lost his/her weight. For instance, if a person underwent gastric bypass surgery or Lap Band, they should wait at least 12-18 months before thinking about a body lift surgery. This allows ample time for the body to heal and adjust to the many lifestyle changes following weight loss surgery.
In turn, it might be in a person’s best interests to have several smaller contouring procedures, as opposed to one lengthy surgery. This is particularly true when an individual desires a full body lift. Finally, an ideal candidate for body lift surgery must be able to reach an ideal weight and maintain it for a number of months. They must also prove that they are exercising regularly and eating healthy. A comprehensive blood panel is typically performed to rule out vitamin or protein deficiencies. Ultimately, a patient must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their health in order for body lift surgery to be considered safe and effective.As a complex and often extensive surgery, a body lift is not for everyone. Only a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon can determine if it is a suitable procedure for a patient.
Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists has earned national recognition for his body lift procedures. As a dedicated plastic and reconstructive surgeon, individuals not only admire Dr. Jones for his impeccable artistry and results in plastic surgery, they also appreciate his gentle disposition and care.
To discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Jones, call Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists today.