When Is a Body Lift Necessary?: Your Guide to Body Lift Surgery

attractive woman measuring herself after a body lift
A body lift can create continuous, harmonious contours across many areas of the body.

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Being overweight or obese is taxing on both your physical and mental well-being, so reaching your weight goals should be celebrated. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are prepared for how much their bodies change after the extra pounds are shed.

Whether you have lost the weight naturally or you have undergone bariatric surgery, a sudden decrease in pounds can result in significant tissue laxity that cannot correct itself. 

A body lift can help restore tight skin and tissues in patients who have lost large amounts of weight. This combination surgical procedure targets multiple areas to bring out more flattering and defined body contours. 

The combination of procedures is dependent on your individual needs and can include two or more surgical procedures.  

What Can a Body Lift Include?

Traditional or Extended Tummy Tuck 

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a contouring procedure that addresses laxity on the abdomen. During this procedure, excess skin is removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and stubborn pockets of fat are eliminated. 

An extended tummy tuck (beltectomy) takes the results of the traditional tummy tuck to the next level by including the hips, lower back, and buttocks.

Arm Lift 

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, addresses the effects of weight loss on the upper arms. Arm lift surgery primarily addresses the excess skin that creates the appearances of a “flap” on the arms. This surgery provides a much more slender and toned look for the arms. 

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery treats the rippling, loose skin, and excess fat from the upper thigh. Once the excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is lifted and tightened. 

Do I Need a Body Lift?

A body lift might be right for you if: 

  • You have lost a significant amount of weight
  • You have excess fat and skin in one or more areas 
  • You would like to improve the overall contours of your body
  • Diet and exercise have not been able to get you the results you desire

The right candidate is:

  • A nonsmoker 
  • In good overall health 
  • Free of any medical conditions that could impair healing or increase risk
  • Realistic in their expectations

How Should I Prepare for My Body Lift?

The only way to determine your candidacy is to undergo a consultation. A body lift consultation will allow you to share your goals and concerns with your surgeon, who will then be able to give you an evaluation, determine if you are ready for surgery, and create a personalized treatment plan. 

What Should I Expect After My Body Lift?

Body lift surgery is invasive, and its recovery is not always comfortable. There will be times when you are sore, tender, and tight. Your bruising and swelling will last for weeks. 

So while this recovery is manageable, you should expect to take up to two off of work—if not longer—and spend that time resting at home. With the proper amount of rest, you will be well on your way to realizing your dream physique.

Want to Learn More?

If you are considering a body lift and would like to know about your options in Fort Lauderdale or North Miami, please feel free to contact Dr. Alexander at 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743 or fill out this form to schedule a consultation