Losing weight is a very significant personal achievement. This accomplishment will improve your health and reduce your chances of developing heart disease and other illnesses in the future. However, you might have loose, sagging skin on your stomach, chest, and other areas of your body after you lose a large amount of weight. At DrYoungForever in San Antonio, Texas, we can fix your loose skin with a men’s body lift.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Full Body Lift?
The amount of time that you will spend recovering from your full body lift will depend on your health, the amount of skin that we removed during your procedure, and other variables. However, there are some general guidelines that you should keep in mind when you are preparing for this procedure.
Beginning Your Recovery Period
After your procedure is complete, we will monitor you in our recovery room. After a sufficient amount of time has passed, you’ll be able to have a friend or relative drive you back to your house. During the next several days, you should plan on resting and taking it easy while you are recovering from your lift. It’s a good idea to have friends and family members help you with meal preparation, household chores, cleaning, and other physical tasks during this time.
Returning to Your Usual Schedule
Although your recovery period will be unique, it’s common to return to your job within four weeks. You should anticipate performing more challenging physical activities within about three months.
Monitoring Your Progress
As your tissues are healing, you’ll need to attend follow-up visits at our office in San Antonio. During these meetings, we will examine your body and carefully monitor the condition of your incisions. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery process, you should call our office. We will be happy to support and guide you during this time.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Men’s Body Lift?
If you have loose, sagging skin on your chest, back, or other parts of your body, you will probably be a good candidate for a body lift. It’s common to develop this cosmetic issue after you have used a bariatric procedure or other weight-loss methods to lose a large amount of weight.
Maintaining Your Weight
Although this procedure is a great way to remove sagging, loose skin, you’ll need to meet a few requirements in order to receive a lift. In particular, you will need to be living a balanced lifestyle and following an exercise and diet program. You also must maintain your weight for three months to one year.
Recovering From Your Bariatric Procedure
If you used a lap-band procedure or gastric bypass to lose weight, you might be tempted to immediately remove the sagging skin that developed after your figure changed. However, to achieve optimal results from a men’s body lift, you’ll need to give your tissues time to adjust.
In general, we will advise you not to receive a body lift until at least one year after your weight loss. Waiting will allow your weight to stabilize at a healthy, sustainable level. Further, your ability to quickly recover from your lift will improve as your body adjusts to your new weight.
What Will My Initial Consultation Be Like?
You will begin your consultation by meeting with one of our nurses. After our nurse has answered your questions, you will meet with Dr. Young. During this part of your consultation, Dr. Young will examine your body and talk about the changes that you are likely to achieve after you receive your body lift.
Next, one of our nurses will provide you with more information about the total costs of your procedure. If you are prepared to schedule your procedure, our patient coordinator can accept your initial deposit and choose a suitable date for you.
What Areas Will My Full Body Lift Improve?
During a full body lift, we will improve the loose skin on the upper and lower portions of your body. In particular, we will remove loose skin from your chest, stomach, and back. If you have excessive skin on your arms, thighs, or other places on your body, we will also eliminate this skin during your procedure.
How Should I Prepare for My Body Lift?
You will need to attend a pre-operative visit about two weeks before you receive your body lift. During this meeting, one of our nurses will give you detailed instructions about how to prepare for your procedure. In addition, you will need to receive a blood draw.
Although the instructions that you must follow will be tailored to fit your unique circumstances, we may ask you not to take certain supplements and medications before your procedure. You will also need to find a friend or relative who can drive you home from your appointment and take care of you for a couple of days. In addition, we may ask you to stop eating and drinking at a certain time on the day before your procedure.
What Should I Expect During My Full Body Lift?
The specific methods that we use to remove your excess skin will depend on the degree of laxity that you are experiencing, your unique aesthetic goals, and other factors. That said, there are some general techniques that we are likely to use during your lift.
Beginning Your Lift
We will begin your procedure by providing you with anesthesia. Once this medication has taken effect, we will make incisions in your body.
Improving Your Body
Next, we will remove unnecessary skin from your chest, stomach, and other areas of your body. We will also tighten and lift the remaining tissues in these locations. After we have finished improving your body, we will use sutures, adhesives, or other methods to close your incisions.
Will All of My Procedures Be Performed at the Same Time?
Under some circumstances, we may be able to lift the skin on the upper and lower portions of your body during one appointment. Alternatively, we may decide to spread out your procedures over a period of several months. Performing multiple procedures may shorten your recovery period and help you achieve more optimal results from your full body lift.
When you have your initial consultation at our office, we will examine the loose skin on your body and talk about your medical history. At this point, we can tell you if you would benefit from completing your body lift over a period of several months.
When Will I Notice Positive Changes in My Sagging Skin?
You should expect to see some immediate changes in your skin. However, since your tissues will need time to recover from your lift, you will not see the final effect of your men’s body lift right away. You are likely to see most of the changes in your body after about three months. At this point, your tissues should have completed a significant portion of the recovery process.
In general, you will see the final changes in your body within about 18 months. At this point, the skin in your chest, back, and other areas will be tighter and firmer.
Will the Improvements in My Body Last for a Long Time?
A men’s body lift will create long-lasting changes in your skin. However, if you gain and lose large amounts of weight in the future, the appearance of your skin may change. To maintain your tight, firm skin, you should try to avoid large fluctuations in your weight. In addition, you should adopt a skincare regime and use sunscreen when you go outside.
Will a Body Lift Help Me Lose Unwanted Fat?
Although we may remove some unwanted fat during your lift, this procedure is designed to improve sagging skin on your body. If you are interested in removing unwanted fat from your body, you may prefer to receive liposuction.
This aesthetic procedure uses a suctioning technique to eliminate stubborn areas of fat on your body. We can use this technique to contour your arms, calves, abdomen, and other features on your body. Under some circumstances, we can improve multiple areas of your body during one liposuction procedure.
Can I Use Other Techniques to Tighten My Skin?
If your sagging skin is fairly minor, you might benefit from using minimally invasive methods to address this problem. These aesthetic treatments are quick, effective, and easy.
ThermiSmooth is a minimally invasive treatment that can tighten loose skin on your face and neck. During this treatment, we will use radiofrequency energy to gently heat up the deeper layers of your skin. This heat will encourage your body to use natural methods to contract and firm your skin. In addition to developing tighter skin, your wrinkles will be less visible and your under-eye bags will improve.
It will usually take about one hour to complete your ThermiSmooth treatment, and you will not have any downtime after your appointment is finished.
InMode BodyTite is a minimally invasive treatment that will improve excess skin on your arms, flanks, thighs, and abdomen. This gentle treatment uses a technique called radiofrequency assisted lipolysis, or RFAL, to enhance your appearance.
During this minimally invasive treatment, we will use an external electrode and a tube called a cannula to enhance your skin. Our cannula will send radiofrequency energy into your tissues. As this energy enters your tissues, the external electrode will encourage your collagen fibers to become stronger. After your InMode BodyTite treatment is complete, the sagging skin on your targeted area will be tighter and more youthful-looking.
Will My Health Insurance Pay for the Cost of My Body Lift?
Under some circumstances, heavy, loose skin can cause you to develop medical issues. For example, this issue can increase your chances of suffering from uncomfortable skin problems. If your primary healthcare provider has advised you to receive a lift or if you have a history of skin issues, your health insurance may cover some of the costs of your lift.
If your insurance company will not cover the costs of a full body lift, you can use financing options to pay for this procedure. For example, we can help you obtain competitive interest rates, inexpensive monthly payments, and other cost-saving payment plans. We can give you more information about our financing options during your initial consultation.
Remove Your Sagging Skin
It’s common to have a large amount of loose, sagging body on your body after you lose a significant amount of weight. This excess skin can prevent you from feeling good about your new physique. If you are interested in eliminating this unnecessary skin, you should consider getting a men’s body lift. To learn more about this aesthetic procedure, contact us at DrYoungForever in San Antonio, Texas to set up an initial meeting.