Post-Bariatric Body Contouring in Boston MA
A body lift, otherwise known as belt lipectomy, is performed to remove loose and sagging body contours by eliminating loose skin and related fat deposits resulting in a more toned and youthful appearance. A body lift includes the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. It may accompanied by liposuction if necessary. For those who have undergone bariatric procedures for weight loss, it can be a significant change in diet and lifestyle to keep the weight off.
Reasons for Considering a Body Lift in Boston
- Toning of mid-body contour
- Removal of sagging skin
This procedure can take 3 to 6 hours. It involves making an incision that follows the contour of the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. This can extend around the waist and lower back when indicated from the front of the abdomen. To adjust the buttock and thighs, additional incisions are made at the crease of the buttocks. Throughout, any excess fat is removed. Finally, the skin is contoured and sutured into the new configuration.
Recovery time is dependent on the extent of the procedure. The first one to two hours following surgery are spent in the recovery room. In order to speed up the healing process, rest and limited movement are advised. Bandaged are placed to reduce swelling and provide support. Drains are placed to prevent fluid collections. Patients may report pain following surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Although the occurrence of complications is rare, patients can reduce the risk of developing potential problems by carefully following the post-operative instructions.
Arm lift is a procedure intended to improve the lower portion of the upper arm from the underarm region to the elbow. It serves to remove excess and sagging skin in that region. It can serve as a useful adjuvant when diet and exercise are inadequate.
Lower Body Lift
Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, and even genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. Lower body lift surgery, also known as belt lipectomy, tightens the buttocks, the backs of the thighs, outer thighs, inner thighs, the hips and abdomen. Excess skin that is aesthetically displeasing or causes mobility restrictions is removed.
What does a lower body lift include?
A body lift may include the abdominal area (locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area), the buttocks, the groin area and the thigh (the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or the thigh’s circumference).
What can a lower body lift do?
A lower body lift can improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissues that support fat and skin. Excess, sagging fat and skin are removed and the dimpled, irregular skin surface, which is commonly known as cellulite can be improved. Dr. Lin performs this procedure through an incision along the bikini/boxer line.
Who would be a good candidate for a lower body lift?
A lower body lift is major surgery, so it is important that you be of good general health. Additionally, you would be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You are distressed by sagging skin in your lower body.
- You have experienced dramatic weight loss due to bariatric surgery or dieting.
- You have relatively thin layers of fat below the skin in the hip, thigh, abdomen and buttock areas.
- You have overhanging skin in your lower body that restricts your mobility and/or causes painful chafing, rashes or infection.
- You are near your ideal weight and are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle.
- You do not smoke.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals.
How long is recovery following a lower body lift?
Dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions after surgery. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under your skin to drain any excess blood that may collect. You will be given specific instructions, along with medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection. You will be advised of specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, how to care for your drains, and when to follow up with Dr. Lin.
Each patient is unique and healing times can vary. It is important that you follow Dr. Lin’s post-surgical instructions. Here are a few general guidelines:
- You will need to take at least two to three weeks off from work and restrict normal activities for four to six weeks.
- You will have some discomfort. This is expected and typically is controlled with pain medications.
- You will have to wait approximately six to eight weeks before you can resume your usual exercise schedule.
- Discomfort will subside over a week or two after the surgery.
- You will need to wear the compression garment for a few weeks after the surgery and follow a special diet.
How long will the results last?
The lift effect from lower body lift surgery is, for the most part, permanent. The contouring and tightening of your skin is permanent, but naturally, there will be some relaxation of your skin early after surgery, and your skin and connective tissues will gradually loosen as you age.
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The cost of body lift surgery can vary widely. Most health insurance does not cover body lift surgery or its complications. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, body lift surgery costs may include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
A lower body lift is a complicated procedure but our patients agree the results are worth it. Dr. Lin and his team are committed to optimizing your experience and welcome your questions or concerns.