Body Lift Los Angeles, CA
What Is a Body Lift?
A body lift is a surgical procedure that involves removal of excess skin by way of an incision that extends around the body (also called circumferential body lift). Body lift surgeries are frequently necessary after massive weight loss, aging, or as a correction for previous surgeries. There are two types of body lifts – a lower body lift and an upper body lift.
What Is a Lower Body Lift?
The lower body lift (also referred to as belt lipectomy) is a surgery that involves removal of loose skin by way of an incision that goes around the waist and helps tighten the abdomen, sides, lower back, outer thighs, and butt. The lower body lift will create a flat abdomen along with an improved waist and an improved lower back. At the same time, the buttock can be lifted and the outer thighs can be improved.
A patient may need a tummy tuck to take care of the skin and abdominal wall laxity in the front of the body. However, some patients may have loose skin on the back, buttocks, or lateral (outer) thighs as well. This is referred to as a posterior lower body lift. The tummy tuck and the posterior lower body lift performed at the same time is a lower body lift.
What is an Upper Body Lift?
An upper body lift involves lifting the tissues of the upper body, often including a breast lift and upper back lift or bra-line back lift. In this fashion, both the chest and the upper back can be improved in those patients who have deflation and volume loss as well as loose skin in those areas. The bra line back lift is performed by few plastic surgeons. The breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation procedures as well.
Body Lift Can be Performed with other Procedures as Well
Dr. Kenneth Hughes performs the body lift and all other body contouring procedures. Dr. Hughes can provide for total body transformation like no other, because he offers every conceivable approach to body contouring and he is a master of all techniques.
If you truly want the best overall shape, Dr. Kenneth Hughes can achieve your best shape through a variety of his personally pioneered techniques. Patients who typically undergo removal of this skin can be left looking boxy or dumpy or square or straight up and down. Dr. Hughes can create a much more favorable physique and silhouette by utilizing unique skin and fat resection techniques. He also contours the body with liposuction and fat grafting techniques including Brazilian buttlift or BBL as well as implant options for volume restoration (including butt implants).
How Much Surgery Can be Done at Once? How Many Operations Can Be Performed at Once?
Dr. Hughes offers the full gamut of body contouring procedures. Depending upon your overall medical healthy and BMI (or body mass index) you may be able to have several procedures done at once. Safety is of utmost importance, and Dr. Hughes never operates for more than 6 hours under general anesthesia. Shorter anesthesia times are associated with fewer anesthetic and postoperative complications.
Alternatives to the Scars of the Body Lift
While the body lift is certainly effective in its removal of tissue and correcting issues of skin laxity and reducing size and improving shape, the scar produced is often objectionable to many patients. Dr. Kenneth Hughes has extensive experience and amazing successes with the Bodytite technology to avoid the longer scars associated with body lifts, tummy tucks, thigh lifts and arm lifts among other surgeries. Bodytite can be used in conjunction with liposuction to tighten the tissues of the abdomen, lower back, sides, arms or thighs or wherever by about 40%. These types of results will not be achievable by another technology or by another surgeon. Although Bodytite will never reproduce the excisional surgical results, optimal treatment by Dr. Hughes can come pretty close.
The Day of Your Body Lift Surgery
Dr. Hughes will see you again on the day of surgery to go over any additional questions or concerns. You will also meet the nursing staff and the anesthesiologist to make sure all of your concerns are addressed. You will be given medication to help you relax, and you will be put to sleep so that you are not aware, will not remember, and will feel no pain.
The surgery may take from 3 to 6 hours depending upon the specific procedures involved or combined. You will awaken from surgery and will remain in the recovery room for 1 to 2 hours. You will be escorted from the surgery center by nursing staff and given over to the responsible adult who is to look after you.
Body Lift Recovery and Follow-up
Dr. Hughes will typically see patients one week following surgery. At the postoperative visit, Dr. Hughes will reiterate recovery instructions. The patient should avoid exercise, strenuous activity, and lifting more than 5 lbs for at least 6 weeks. Patients should consume at least 100 grams of protein during the recovery period to ensure adequate wound healing. Patients should not strain the area around the incision. Poor nutrition and stressing an incision have ruined tummy tuck results on the table, and these complications are almost completely preventable by following Dr. Hughes’s postoperative instructions.
Dr. Hughes typically uses 2 drains for the lower body lift to avoid the most common complication, which is seroma or fluid collection. Drainless tummy tucks will result in a higher percentage of fluid collections. It is simply not worth the risk of developing a fluid collection, which can sabotage the contours, result in infection, and cause the incision to open.
Dr. Hughes can typically remove the drain in 2 weeks or so. An abdominal compression garment will be given to the patient to be worn for the first 6 weeks or so after surgery to help reduce the risk of fluid collection.