in Orlando, FL
Losing weight through bariatric surgery or dietary changes can put you close to your ideal weight, but you might still be unhappy with your appearance. Dramatic weight loss almost always results in loose folds of skin, and a body lift could be exactly what you need to achieve your cosmetic goals. Led by our board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, the team here at the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is proud to offer body lifts to residents throughout Orange County and Central Florida who continue to struggle with excess skin. This is the final step in a comprehensive transformation that will change your life forever.
What is a Body Lift?
After losing a significant amount of weight due to cosmetic surgery, pregnancy, or changes to one's diet, many patients are left with excess skin. Slowly losing weight reduces your risk of developing loose skin, but there is no guarantee that your skin will shrink as quickly as you would like. A body lift helps patients achieve a slim and toned appearance by removing loose skin and repositioning the remaining soft tissue.
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When to Consider an Upper Body Lift
- You have been left with sagging skin following a pregnancy.
- You have recently undergone bariatric surgery and are not pleased with the state of your skin.
- Loose skin around your arms, chest, or waist has left you unhappy with your appearance.
- You have rolls of fat along your flanks and back.
Benefits of a Body Lift
- You will feel more confident in your favorite clothes.
- You can put an end to rashes and chafing from loose skin.
- A body lift will remove the bulges that are negatively impacting your confidence.
Related Procedures to a Body Lift
What is the Body Lift Procedure Like?
In order to make this procedure as safe and comfortable as possible, all patients are given a general anesthetic so that they sleep throughout the surgery. Once the patient is asleep, Dr. Peters will begin the process of making one or more incisions near the treatment site. The soft tissue is then pulled past those incisions so that fat and loose folds of skin can be removed. Finally, Dr. Peters will use deep sutures to provide additional support to the remaining soft tissue. Some extensive body lifts require multiple treatment sessions, but most procedures are completed in a single day.
- Upper Body Lift: An upper body lift specifically targets areas above the midsection where loose skin has accumulated. This procedure is often carried out to deal with extra soft tissue on the arms, upper back, and breasts. A patient can combine an upper body lift with a breast augmentation or reduction procedure to further contour their chest and sculpt an attractive figure.
- Lower Body Lift: Lower body lifts are carried out on patients who are dealing with excess skin below their belly button. These lifts can remove extra soft tissue in the buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdomen. Depending on a patient's needs, this lift might be carried out with a single incision. The surgeon can make one incision around the circumference of the patient's waist to correct cosmetic issues far below the abdomen.
- Posterior Body Lift: Your surgeon might suggest a posterior body lift if you would like to specifically target loose skin on your back, buttocks, and thighs. This procedure can also be carried out with a single incision just above the buttocks. Flaps of skin that were left behind during a tummy tuck can be removed with a posterior body lift.
- Back Lift: A back lift requires just one incision near the band of a bra. Once the skin on the upper and lower back is pulled tight, the incision is sutured shut, and a compression band is placed over the treatment site. Patients typically return to work within seven days of their procedure and can resume all physical activities within a month.
Body Lift Recovery
Most body lift patients are extremely satisfied with the results of their procedure. Dr. Peters takes the time to understand the unique needs of every one of his patients, and that is just one of the reasons why he is able to create world-class results. In addition to flattening loose folds of skin, body lifts also reduce the visibility of stretch marks on the stomach and flanks. Following your surgery, you will need to wear your dressings for at least 72 hours to protect the incisions. Once the dressings are removed, you can then take a shower and clean your skin with mild soap. The drainage tubes must remain in the incisions until they are no longer draining, and that generally takes two to four weeks.
How Is A Lower Body Lift Different From Liposuction?
The primary goal of liposuction is to remove a small pocket of localized fat. It is much less invasive than a body lift, but it does nothing to tighten and tone skin. A body lift, on the other hand, creates a smooth and trim appearance by removing loose folds of skin. These two procedures can be carried out together in order to achieve optimal results.
How Much Does A Body Lift Cost in Orlando?
Most body lifts are considered to be elective procedures, and insurance providers generally do not cover the costs. Our team understands just how important it is for our patients to rebuild their confidence, which is why we offer a number of payment plans and financing via CareCredit®. We also accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
For more information about body lifts and how this procedure might benefit you, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Orlando plastic surgery office. The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, offers body lifts for men and women who live in Orange County and Central Florida.