Body Lift Los Angeles, CA
Have you lost a great deal of weight and have loose skin that you would like gone for good? A body lift with Dr. Kenneth Hughes in Los Angeles may be the answer to your concerns. Maybe you just have some loose skin you would like removed due to aging or a problematic surgery in the past. Dr. Hughes can address any or all of these concerns. Frequently, the lower body lift can be combined with arm lifts, thigh lifts, breast lifts, and bra line back lifts.
A body lift most commonly refers to recontouring the lower body by addressing loose skin and contours of the abdomen, lower back, sides, outer thighs and buttocks. Most commonly 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.
What Is a Lower Body Lift?
A tummy tuck and a posterior lower body lift can be performed at the same time and is referred to as a circumferential lower body lift, lower body lift or belt lipectomy. The incision goes around the waist 360 degrees and helps tighten the abdomen, sides, back, outer thighs, and buttocks. These results can be very dramatic.
The circumferential lower body lift can be performed in one surgical setting. This will allow for a flat abdomen and an improved lower back. At the same time, the buttock can be lifted and the lateral(outer) thighs can be improved.
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 (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. 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. Hughes can achieve your best shape through multiple surgical offerings. 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 not only the manner in which he removes skin but also in the manner he contours the body with fat resection, liposuction, and fat grafting techniques as well as offering all types of implant options for volume restoration (including buttock or gluteal implants).
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
A body lift most commonly refers to recontouring the lower body by addressing loose skin and contours.
How Much 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, posterior lower body lifts, lower body lifts, upper body lifts, thigh lifts and arm lifts as well as other excisional procedures such as bra-line back lifts, butt lifts, etc. 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 my another surgeon. Although Bodytite will never reproduce the excisional surgical results, optimal treatment by Dr. Hughes can come pretty close.
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 2 to 5 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.
The Recovery from Body lift 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 not help avoid fluid collections, but rather 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.