Who Is a Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?
After losing a lot of weight, a person's body undergoes many major changes. Skin around the abdomen and other parts of the body may droop or sag, hanging loose from the body. Stretchmarks are also common around the torso and other parts of the body. While the skin may shrink back a little bit around a person's frame, it will not completely shrink. This is the nature of skin laxity. The only way to address these issues is through body contouring surgery such as a body lift.
The team at Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa would like to go over some of the basics of body lift surgery, with a focus on who is an ideal candidate for this contouring and skin tightening procedure.
What Is a Body Lift?
A body lift refers to a combination of body contouring procedures designed to get rid of loose and sagging skin. It's a great option for people who have lost a considerable amount of weight and would like to achieve a trimmer and slimmer figure overall.
Common Body Lift Procedures
Common procedures that are part of body lifts include:
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Thigh lift (thighplasty)
- Arm lift (brachioplasty)
- Buttock lift
- Breast lift (mastopexy)
Each procedure is carefully tailored to the needs of the patient.
General Candidates for Body Lift Surgery
Good candidates for body lift surgery are people who suffer from major stretchmarks and loose skin following weight loss. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make such a surgery a risk to wellness.
Excellent for Major Weight Loss
People who were obese or morbidly obese often lose weight in order to improve their health. Whether this is accomplished through bariatric surgery or natural means, loose skin is an inevitability. Body lift surgery is a great option for people in this situation, and is often considered part of their transition into a slimmer, healthier lifestyle.
A Good Option After Pregnancy and Childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth puts a woman's body through many changes. Body lift procedures are often considered a good option following pregnancy, allowing women to restore their appearance to what it was prior to having a child. This tends to be a good option after a woman has finished having children.
Knowing the Risks and Benefits
All surgeries carry their share of risks and benefits. Good candidates for body lift surgery will be aware of these before they determine that surgery is right for them. The surgeon will go over the pros and cons in full detail during the consultation process.
Realistic Expectations About the Surgical Procedure
Body lift surgery requires a considerable recovery time. There will also be post-surgical scarring to consider around the treated parts of the body. Patients need to be aware of these matters prior to surgery. Having realistic expectations about all aspects of a body lift improves overall patient experience as well as patient satisfaction.
Learn More About Body Lift Surgery
For more information about body lift surgery and how it can help you look trimmer, slimmer, and more athletic, we encourage you to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa are here to offer answers and insight into your treatment options.