Body Lift – Post Weight Loss
Like the Mommy Makeover, for women the Body Lift is a combination of surgical procedures performed to “lift” many areas of the body. Procedures can include Arm Lift (Brachioplasty), Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) or Panniculectomy, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Buttock Lift, and Thigh Lift. Upper Body Lift usually refers to procedures for the arms, breast, chest, and upper back. Lower Body Lift refers to procedures for abdomen, pubis, thighs, buttocks and back.
Women who come to Dr. Young for Body Lifts are those who have lost massive weight, most often following Bariatric Surgery (also known as “stomach stapling” or “lap banding”). While these patients experience many benefits from this weight loss, it also results in sagging skin that hangs from the entire body. Because the skin has lost its elasticity following years of obesity and dieting, there are no alternatives which can restore firmness and tone to the body.
Those interested in Body Lift should have maintained a stable weight for a minimum of three months to a year, and should be actively participating in a healthy diet and exercise program. Those who have gone through gastric bypass or Lap-Band should wait at least one year after weight loss so that any of the common health problems associated with obesity have had time to improve and so that your weight is stable.
A total Body Lift combines both upper and lower body lift procedures. This is sometimes done in multiple surgeries because risks tend to increase when multiple surgeries are performed at the same time. The order is not set in stone. Dr. Young will work with you to determine a safe, effective plan for surgeries that are most important for you.
Dr. Young helps patients who have lost their weight and now want to shed the excessive skin created by the weight loss and the body’s inability to “shrink back”. By performing a Body Lift, Dr. Young removes the excess skin folds, reshaping the body into a shape which will more comfortably wear clothing and perform day to day routines.