Why a Body Lift?
Excess skin after weight loss can be a real detriment to your comfort and clothing choices as well as hinder your ability to exercise and keep off those pounds you worked so hard to lose. Procedures such as a belt lipectomy, thigh lift, or lower body lift not only removes extra skin, but elevates tissue from the thighs and buttock that have sagged after deflating from fat loss. Depending upon the procedure, the incisions follow around the lateral and posterior body, essentially extending a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty incision. This allows excision of the excess skin and access to the deeper supporting structures to allow suspension of the sagging tissue in a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position. The result is not only removal of excess skin, but a higher, shapelier buttock and thighs.
Recovery can be significant depending upon the procedure performed, and overnight observation in the hospital is necessary to insure safety.
Body lift Before and After
Body Lift FAQ
What is the difference between a body lift and a belt lipectomy?
A belt lipectomy addresses the excess skin and fat at your belt line- essentially removing all of the tissue and tightening the deeper structures to give you an enhanced waist line. You do have some improvement to the buttocks and hips with this procedure. A lower body lift accentuates lifting of the hips/thighs/ and buttocks to a higher position- it has less influence on the torso tissues. Both procedures have extended incisions reaching over the hip and into the lower back/buttock area.
What is a lateral thigh lift?
A lateral thigh lift allows lifting of the lateral thigh through a hip incision. It gives some lifting to the buttock but is primarily for laxity of the upper thigh and hip.
Which procedure is right for my body?
Only with an exam and discussion with Dr. Steely will this be able to be determined. Everyone has different tissue types and goals they wish to achieve, so only through a physical exam can we determine what procedure would be right for you.
I have had a tummy tuck before- can I still have a belt lipectomy/thigh lift/lower body lift?
Yes! Prior trunk surgery- even a past belt lipectomy – is not a contraindication for more tightening procedures- Dr. Steely can many times use your existing incisions or extend existing incisions to give you the look you desire.
I’m interested- what is my next step?
A consultation with Dr. Steely is the next step. Call 713-622-6500 to schedule your complimentary consultation.