Body Lift Surgery
After significant weight loss from diet, exercise or bariatric surgery, you might be left with loose, sagging skin over your new, slimmer figure. Aging and genetics can also cause the skin and underlying tissue to lose their youthful tone. The body’s skin has only a certain amount of elasticity and therefore does not always return to its original firmness after being stretched. Removing the excess skin and fat during a body lift leaves patients with tighter and smoother skin, a more natural shape, and better able to fit into clothing.
Body lifts typically target a sagging abdomen and lower back, low, flat or uneven buttocks, a sagging groin and hanging skin on the inner, the outer or the rear thighs. A body lift can also serve to reduce cellulite.
If your main goal to reduce fat in one or more of these areas rather than improve skin elasticity, you may benefit from liposuction instead of a body lift. However, many patients need a combination of excess skin removal and fat sculpting. In these cases, Dr. Rottman performs liposuction at the time of a body lift surgery.
Body lifts are most appropriate for people whose weight is stable. Weight loss after the procedure may cause your skin to become saggy again. Similarly, if you gain weight after a body lift, stretch marks may develop and the surgical scars may widen.
During the body lift surgery, incisions are made in order to trim excess skin; liposuctionis used to remove, pockets of fat, and the tissues that provide support are lifted and tightened. Body lifts may include a thigh lift or abdominoplasty. Lower body lifts treat the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs all together. Whenever possible, the incisions are made in places that can be hidden by clothing.
After recovering from the procedure, you will be able to immediately see the results. The swelling and bruising will subside within a few days to a few weeks, and over the following months, the repositioned tissues will settle into their final appearance.
Your Consultation with Dr. Rottman
During your consultation, Dr. Rottman will talk with you about whether you are a good candidate for a body lift, your expectations, and what you can expect during and after surgery. Please contact us to schedule your appointment at either of our convenient Baltimore locations.