With an array of procedures designed to get rid of excess, inelastic skin, followed by a lifting and tightening of the remaining skin, Dr. Venkata Erella can re contour your body and provide you with a vibrant, firm, and beautifully shaped physique. Our board-certified plastic surgeon is exceptionally skilled with post-bariatric surgery body contouring procedures and works with some of the most respected bariatric surgeons in the area to help patients achieve customized care and results that will help them look their best.
These advanced treatments can provide you with a significantly renewed appearance and more self-confidence in the way you look. Please call (512) 593-7699 for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Erella. He would be happy to discuss the body lift and other post-weight loss surgery options that might be right for you.
Who Can Benefit from a Body Lift?
Excess skin is particularly common after significant weight loss following bariatric surgery. This can not only be frustrating; it can leave patients feeling extremely self-conscious about their appearance. Body lift procedures are designed to remove the appearance of inelastic skin that is often left over once large amounts of weight have been lost.
Ideal candidates will be in good health mentally and physically and be able to successfully recover from a surgical procedure.
Patients should have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.
Types of Body Lifts
Lower Body Lift
Lower Body Lift, also known as a circumferential tummy tuck or 360 tummy tuck, removes extra skin and tightens the remainder of skin in several areas of the lower body, such as the outer thighs, abdomen, hips, flanks and buttocks. The abdominal muscles are also tightened during this procedure in order to facilitate a flatter, more fit-looking abdomen. It can be done at one time or in stages.
Upper Body Lift
An upper body lift is designed to smooth and tighten the skin in the upper part of the body, including areas such as the upper back, breasts, and arms. Dr. Erella will reduce the drooping, inelastic skin and re-drape the remainder, pulling it taut and providing an overall sculpted and re-contoured appearance. The most common procedures are the breast lift, bra line lift, and arm lift. This can be done at one time or in stages.
Body Lift Concerns
Each patient’s results will vary but depending on the specific treatments that are part of your body lift procedure, you could see immediate results. However, it will take some time for the swelling from surgery to completely subside, so it may be several weeks before you see the long-term effects.
Dr. Erella is highly skilled with these procedures and will make every effort to make scarring as light and easily hidden as possible. Appropriate garments and pain medications can control pain during the recovery process.
The cost of body lift procedures varies based on the treatment area, practice and the technique used. A consultation with Dr. Erella is the best way to determine the cost of your body lift procedure.
Lower and upper body lift procedures are major surgeries involving many different treatments at once, so you should allow yourself plenty of time after surgery to fully recuperate. Once Dr. Erella meets with you for your initial consultation, he will discuss all aspects of each procedure and, together, you and Dr. Erella will decide the procedures that will best meet your needs. Once Dr. Erella has created a treatment plan, he will be able to give you a better idea of what the recovery process will be like.
Body Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Am I A Candidate?
Body lift procedures can be very helpful for patients who cannot get rid of excess, inelastic skin folds and areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. A body lift can also be an excellent way for patients who have had bariatric surgery to take the next step on their weight loss journey and recontour their bodies for a firmer and more fit appearance.
What are the More Specific Indications for Body Lift Candidacy?
Candidates for body lift procedures include patients who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health and those who:
- Have lost significant amounts of weight and are experiencing excess skin and loose folds in specific or multiple body areas, including the arms, thighs, back, breasts, midsection, and others.
- Are looking to re-contour their bodies for a firmer, more fit aesthetic.
- Have tried dieting and exercise to reduce areas of inelastic skin but have not achieved success.
How is a Lower Body Lift Different from Liposuction of the Thighs?
While liposuction only removed fat from the body, it cannot tighten the skin or improve the appearance of cellulite. A lower body lift can both tighten the skin and eliminate stubborn cellulite for a smoother, more proportionate body silhouette.