Losing a large amount of weight makes you healthier, but what you may not have expected is the loose skin that now hangs from your body. Carrying a significant amount of weight stretches your skin, often to the point where it will not reduce and fit properly on your new, slimmer body shape.
To correct this cosmetic concern, double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Rottman performs lower body lifts on men and women who are living with this unpleasant problem. He specializes in treating the massive weight patients of Baltimore and the surrounding areas.
A body lift specifically targets several problem areas; excess lower abdominal, flank, and back skin, a flat or uneven buttocks, excess skin of the mons pubis region, and drooping skin on the inner, outer, or posterior thighs. A body lift can also serve to reduce the lumps, dimples, and bumps of cellulite deposits.
If your main goal is to reduce fat in one or more of these areas rather than improve skin elasticity, you may benefit from liposuction rather than a surgical body lift. However, many patients who want to improve body contour will need a combination of both excess skin removal and liposculpting techniques. It is very common for Dr. Rottman to perform liposculpting in combination with body lift surgery.
After significant weight loss from bariatric surgery, or strict diet and exercise, many people are dismayed to be left with loose, hanging skin, marring the appearance of their new, slimmer figure. Aging and genetics can also cause the skin and underlying tissue to lose elasticity, leading to droopy skin on the lower body.
The body’s skin may have limited elasticity and was unable to return to a firm, tight condition due to aging or weight loss. Removing the excess skin and fat with a body lift allows patients to finally achieve tighter, smoother skin, a more youthful appearance, and the ability to wear more revealing clothing, rather than constantly worrying about hiding the excess skin.
You may be a good candidate for a lower body lift if you struggle with any of the following body conditions:
In a body lift, incisions are made to trim excess skin and the tissues providing support are lifted and tightened. Liposuction may be performed to remove fat deposits. A body lift can also include a thigh lift. Lower body lifts often treat the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, and thighs in one procedure. Incisions are carefully placed so that any scars are hidden within your clothing.
A lower body lift is an extensive surgery. As such, Dr. Rottman ensures you are a good candidate for the surgery and recovery. He will review your medical records, as well as order blood work and appropriate diagnostic tests. Additionally, some medical conditions and medications may be a cause of concern, and all of these factors are evaluated in advance of your procedure for your safety.
Following the procedure, the results are immediately visible. The swelling and bruising will begin to subside within a few weeks and continue to improve over the following months. A compression garment is typically worn for six weeks. The tissues will continue to settle into their final, more attractive position by six months post-op.
Lower body lift surgery is typically not covered by your medical insurance, and considered an elective procedure. In rare cases when excess skin is creating an unhealthy condition, some health insurance companies may cover a portion of the cost. If you need help paying for your lower body lift, please visit our financing page to learn about CareCredit® and Alphaeon Credit®.
A body lift is most appropriate for people whose weight is stable. Carefully maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in a regular exercise program will help you maintain the trimmer, more attractive look achieved with the procedure.
Additional weight loss following body lift surgery may cause your skin to become saggy again. If you gain weight after a body lift, stretch marks may develop and the surgical scars may widen.
Dr. Rottman is a highly-educated, experienced cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of massive weight loss patients. His approach to a lower body lift is to address all of your unique body issues to achieve natural-looking results.
A lower body lift requires a number of incisions, and Dr. Rottman is acutely aware of the importance of proper placement. Most patients are so happy with the result that the healed incisions are not an issue. We closely monitor the healing process to help reduce the appearance of scars, and are known for our extreme level of personal patient care.
In your consultation, Dr. Rottman will speak with you about issues such as weight loss, including the methods you are using to stay within healthy limits.
If he feels you are a good candidate for a lower body lift, he describes the procedure and helps you have realistic expectations about every aspect of the process, from surgery to recovery, and the final appearance you will achieve.
Dr. Steven J. Rottman is a leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, who is known for his ability to achieve natural-looking results.
As each patient is unique, a range of advanced surgical techniques, along with traditional techniques may be used to achieve a more pleasing body contour.
Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rottman.
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