- 1 Description
- 2 Options
- 3 Indications
- 4 Evaluation
- 5 Options
- 6 Details
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Frequently Asked questions (FAQs)
- 8.1 How much time is required for a body lift?
- 8.2 Is a body lift an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
- 8.3 What are some common side effects of body lift surgery?
- 8.4 What is the recovery time from a body lift?
- 8.5 How long do the results last?
- 8.6 Is there much discomfort from a body lift?
- 8.7 What types of anesthesia is used during a body lift?
- 8.8 Are there other names for a body lift procedure?
- 8.9 What can a body lift surgery do for my figure?
- 8.10 What happens during a body lift surgery?
- 8.11 Will there be scarring after the body lift surgery?
- 8.12 Should I do anything before my body lift surgery?
- 8.13 What is the longest amount of time I might have to stay home after my body lift surgery?
- 8.14 Do I have to wear support garments after a body lift surgery?
- 8.15 When will I be able to bathe?
- 8.16 Will I experience bruising and swelling after the surgery?
- 8.17 Can I take care of my children after my body lift surgery?
- 8.18 When can I start becoming active again?
- 8.19 When will I be able to return to work?
- 8.20 Who is a suitable candidate for a body lift?
- 8.21 What will be discussed during my consultation?
- 8.22 Can I be overweight before my body lift?
- 8.23 Should I have a body lift if I plan to have more children?
- 8.24 Can both men and women have a body lift?
- 8.25 What areas are corrected in an upper body lift?
- 8.26 Is liposuction used with a body lift?
- 8.27 Who is not suitable for a body lift?
- 8.28 Is there any way to avoid scarring?
- 8.29 When will I be able to see the results from my body lift?
- 8.30 Do I need help when I go home after a body lift?
Though not an essential requirement for overall health, how an individual perceives his/her body may deeply impact their overall emotional and mental well-being. Insecurity about one’s appearance can often hinder one’s self-confidence, which is why each year thousands of men and women decide to improve their physical appearance with cosmetic surgery. In addition to a patient’s genetic proclivity for problematic body issues, factors such as: fluctuations in weight, sun damage, stress, the environment, and the natural aging process can all contribute to poor tissue elasticity in various regions of the body, and no amount of diet and exercise will rectify the sagging skin and uneven body contours that these factors result in.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joubin Gabbay M.D. is proud to offer a complete range of cosmetic procedures, using state-of-the-art techniques that are proven to be effective and successful when addressing aesthetic issues such as excess or sagging skin. A body lift is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the upper or lower torso by removing excess skin. There are different types of body lifts (upper, lower, mid, and total), and Dr. Gabbay works with each patient to determine the best body lift option for that individual.
For patients with good skin elasticity that conforms naturally to body contours, liposuction alone is generally sufficient to achieve optimal results and remove excess fat deposits. Body lifts are more comprehensive procedures that are not intended solely for the removal of fatty tissue. Surgical body lifts improve the shape, contour and tone of the underlying tissue supporting the fat and skin, and during the procedure excess sagging skin is removed to treat conditions caused by poor tissue elasticity. Once the loose skin has been removed, Dr. Gabbay tightens the remaining skin by manipulating the tissues, shaping the underlying skin matrix, and smoothing the overlying skin to make it appear more firm and toned.
Although each procedure is tailored to meet a patient’s needs, typically a body lift involves reducing and tightening loose skin during a single operation. If an upper and lower body lift are combined, the treatment is known as a total body lift. In the past, a body lift was generally reserved for patients left with sagging skin after massive weight loss, but today the procedure can benefit anyone seeking a firmer, more youthful-looking body. There is no other method of body contouring that can restore body shape, skin appearance and skin tone as effectively as a body lift. In addition, body lifts can improve the dimpled, irregular skin surface known as cellulite, a condition that plagues and distresses the majority of the female population.
- The four types of body lift procedures are:
- Upper Body Lift— An upper body lift treats the upper back, breasts and arms.
- Mid Body Lift (torsoplasty)—Mid body lifts treat the abdominal region, in addition to the body parts addressed by a lower body lift (thighs, hips, buttocks)
- Lower Body Lift (belt lipectomy): Lower body lifts treat the buttocks, waist, hips, and thighs and small of the back.
- Total Body Lift: Total body lifts are helpful for patients who have lost skin elasticity all over their body and combine upper and lower body lift procedures.
In recent years, due to the increasing number of weight loss operations (lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, etc.), body lift surgery has become one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures. Although weight loss surgery patients are often thrilled with their weight loss, in most cases the patient’s skin had previously stretched to such an extent that it is unable to contour to the smaller proportions of the patient’s new body, which results in a large amount of extra, sagging skin, which can be an incredibly frustrating aesthetic issue for patients who have worked very hard to lose a large amount of weight. A body lift is a solution for removing this excess skin through surgical excision. Patients whose drooping skin was caused by aging, genetics, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can also benefit from a body lift. The decision to have a body lift is very personal, and with Dr. Gabbay’s help, you can determine if the benefits of this surgery will help you achieve your goals. Prior to having a body lift, Dr. Gabbay encourages his patients to evaluate their expectations carefully, and to ask him about any concerns or questions.
The specific details of a body lift procedure differ greatly from patient to patient, and depend on the area(s) to be treated, and the location and degree of excess skin. General anesthesia is typically used for this operation, and initial wound healing may take 7-14 days (recovery time varies among patients depending on the type of body lift), after which time sutures will be removed if necessary. Although scars are an inevitable part of any operation, Dr. Gabbay will do everything possible to minimize and conceal any scarring resulting from your body lift.
Although the visible effects of this surgery are very noticeable immediately following the procedure, the full results of the body lift will continue to change and improve over the course of the entire year following the surgery. Your post-operative recovery may be extensive, depending on the type of procedure(s) you had performed, but following the detailed instructions provided by Dr. Gabbay will ensure a successful outcome and the shortest possible recovery time. In two to three weeks you will be able to return to light activity; however, complete recovery may take several months. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabbay, please call Gabbay Plastic Surgery at (310) 905-8858 and we will be happy to answer any questions and to set up an initial complimentary consultation. You may also click the link below to read a more in-depth description of body lift surgery.
Loose skin is an unfortunate “after-effect” of significant weight loss, because after a dramatic amount of weight has been shed, the skin is unable to re-conform to the smaller contours of the body, resulting in aesthetically unpleasant hanging skin folds. Although exercise and dieting will decrease body fat, they will not correct the issue of hanging skin. Fortunately, body lifts are surgical procedures that directly target loose, hanging skin and tissue, remove excess skin and unattractive folds, and give the body tighter, leaner contours.
Body lift surgery is designed to address the following aesthetic concerns:
- Excess loose skin and fatty deposits caused by age, pregnancy, or massive weight loss
- Sagging outer thigh and buttock skin, as well as extra skin in the abdomen and hips
- Significant soft tissue looseness in one or more body areas
Candidates who have had gastric bypass or other bariatric (weight loss) surgeries are advised to wait at least one year after their surgery to allow any health problems associated with obesity to improve. Similarly, women who are planning future pregnancies should postpone body lift surgery until they are finished having children. Body lift procedures may be performed on adults of any age who meet the criteria and have realistic body contouring objectives.
If you are interested in learning more about body lift surgery, please call Gabbay Plastic Surgery and let us schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Gabbay. During your meeting, Dr. Gabbay will discuss your overall expectations in order to determine whether a body lift procedure can help you fulfill your aesthetic goals. You should come to your consultation prepared to discuss your medical history (including any past surgeries), present medical conditions, allergies, and medications.
It is imperative that you are honest and provide complete information, as numerous medical conditions can potentially increase the risks and complications associated with surgery. If Dr. Gabbay feels you are a good candidate for body lift surgery, he will explain the different techniques, costs and potential side effects before scheduling your procedure. When choosing Dr. Gabbay, you can be assured that you are in the hands of a surgeon who has undergone extensive training and is highly esteemed by his colleagues and patients alike.
Upper Body Lift: contours the breasts, upper back and arms by trimming excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. An upper body lift is ideally suited for patients with loose skin over the lower rib cage, drooping breasts, and/or hanging skin under the upper arms.
Mid-Body Lift (torsoplasty): torsoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, and pubic areas, and involves a circumferential incision around the entire torso of the body. Patients desiring a more comprehensive body shaping procedure often prefer this method of body lift surgery over the lower body lift because it offers comprehensive results and can create smooth contours from the abdomen to the thighs.
Lower Body Lift: consists of a buttock lift, tummy tuck and thigh lift. The procedure sculpts the entire lower body by tightening the abdominal wall, elevating the groin area to a normal position, tapering the waistline, removing excess skin on the thighs, and lifting the buttocks.
Total Body Lift: combines a lower and upper body lift for a total body rejuvenation. Total body lift surgery is beneficial for patients who have poor skin elasticity and excess fat and skin over their entire body.
Although all body lifts are performed under general anesthesia, the details of each body lift procedure vary significantly depending upon the area(s) that are being treated, and the degree and location of the excess skin requiring excision. For an upper body lift, the breasts are lifted and enhanced (augmented or reduced in size), and excess tissue and rolls of skin are removed from the upper back and over the rib cage. An arm lift (brachioplasty) is then performed in order to shape and tighten the upper arm region.
To complete a mid-body lift, excess skin is removed through incisions encircling the waist, and the abdominal muscles are pulled together and stitched into place, thereby creating a more defined waistline and flatter abdominal region. For the lower body lift, excess skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen, thighs, and buttocks through an incision that extends around the lower abdomen. All of the incisions for the various body lift procedures are closed with a combination of sutures, skin clips and adhesives.
Once the body lift procedure is completed, dressings and bandages are applied to the incisions and patients will be given a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the new body contours during the healing process. One or more small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.
After your body lift, you may experience swelling at the incision sites, which can be ameliorated with compression garments and drains, and you will be given pain medication to minimize any discomfort. You will be instructed to return to light walking as soon as possible, in order to minimize the potential for blood clots; however, you should avoid bending, straining, or lifting for several days. If tightening of the abdomen or thighs is involved, you may also be instructed to avoid standing fully upright to avoid stressing any internal sutures as they heal. You should sleep with pillows elevating your knees and will have your sutures removed within 1-2 weeks.
Many patients are able to return to light work and activity within 2-3 weeks, and will be able to see the visible results of your body lift almost immediately, although it will take several months for all swelling to subside, and for your final results to appear. Although scars are an inevitable part of any operation, Dr. Gabbay takes great care to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
Although rare, potential risks of body lift surgery may include: bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, delayed healing, skin loss, blood clots, widened scars, numbness, changes in skin sensation, and irregular/asymmetric contours.
Frequently Asked questions (FAQs)
How much time is required for a body lift?
The time required for a body lift surgery depends on the type and extent of the surgery being performed and in general, 3-7 hours is typical. In some cases, it may be necessary to split up the surgery into two different sessions.
Is a body lift an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
A body lift procedure can be an inpatient or outpatient procedure depending on the complexity of your surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Gabbay, he will recommend the best option for you.
What are some common side effects of body lift surgery?
Any side effects from a body lift procedure are usually temporary and can include bruising, swelling, numbness, and discomfort, which can be controlled with medication.
What is the recovery time from a body lift?
Your recovery time depends on many factors including the type of body lift you had and your individual healing capabilities. Most people resume a normal, light routine, in 2-3 weeks with limitations. The key to a successful outcome is to be patient and allow your body to heal properly.
How long do the results last?
The results after a body lift are long lasting, but the processes of gravity and aging are continuous, allowing some laxity in your skin. With proper diet and exercise, the results of a body lift can be permanent, as good skin quality maintains your body lift results.
Is there much discomfort from a body lift?
Like all surgeries, mild to moderate pain or discomfort will be experienced during the body lift recovery process and can be controlled with medication.
What types of anesthesia is used during a body lift?
A general anesthetic in most cases is required to perform a body lift procedure, although other options are available, and will be determined based on your individual needs during your consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Are there other names for a body lift procedure?
A body lift is also known as a belt lipectomy, torsoplasty, central body lift, circumferential torsoplasty, circumferential panniculectomy, circumferential lipectomy, upper body lift, total body lift, and lower body lift.
What can a body lift surgery do for my figure?
Body lift surgery will remove the saggy, excessive, and unsightly skin on your body found in the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, chest, back, waist, arms, and hips. Underlying supportive tissue is lifted and tightened which helps to sculpt and contour the body into a more attractive shape.
What happens during a body lift surgery?
Each surgery is different depending upon the procedure used. Essentially, excess skin and fat is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened and contoured.
Will there be scarring after the body lift surgery?
Scars from a body lift may take up to eighteen months before they flatten and lighten. Although they may never disappear, they are discretely hidden with clothing or in natural skin folds.
Should I do anything before my body lift surgery?
People typically take several weeks (or months) before they start feeling like their old self, so one of the most important things to do before surgery is to be as prepared and educated as possible. The ideal candidate for body lift surgery is physically fit and one who follows all instructions provided by Dr. Gabbay to ensure faster and better healing.
What is the longest amount of time I might have to stay home after my body lift surgery?
In some cases, patients have to stay home for up to six weeks after a total body lift depending on your healing capacity.
Do I have to wear support garments after a body lift surgery?
Normally, you will be provided with a medical compression garment that you will be required to wear at all times (except when bathing), until Dr. Gabbay determines that you have healed sufficiently.
When will I be able to bathe?
For the first two days after the surgery, you will not be able to bathe, however, once the dressings are removed (typically the third day), you will be able to shower from then on.
Will I experience bruising and swelling after the surgery?
As with most surgeries, you will swell and bruise. These symptoms are temporary and will subside after a few weeks.
Can I take care of my children after my body lift surgery?
You should arrange for someone to help you take care of your children after surgery, as you will need to rest to ensure that your incisions heal properly. You will not be allowed to carry heavy objects (nothing over 5 pounds) during your initial recovery period.
When can I start becoming active again?
After your surgery, you will be allowed to take walks to keep your body active, but you should not participate in any strenuous activity during your healing period. Most people require 4-6 weeks of recovery time before participating in normal activities. For regular exercising, it may take two months of healing and recovery.
When will I be able to return to work?
Depending on the type of surgery you had, many people return to light work (no reaching or lifting) after 2-3 weeks, although some patients may need to take six weeks off.
Who is a suitable candidate for a body lift?
You will benefit from a body lift procedure if you:
- Have significant soft tissue looseness in one or more areas of your body
- You are not a smoker
- You have realistic expectations
- You will be dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle after your surgery
- You are in good physical condition
- You have good general health
What will be discussed during my consultation?
During your consultation, Dr. Gabbay will discuss:
- Why you want a body lift
- What you are expecting from a body lift
- All of the body lift options available for surgery
- Your medical history
- Any allergies you have
- All of the current medications you are taking
- Any previous surgeries or pre-existing conditions you have had
- Your exact measurements and skin tone
- The risks and complications involved with a body lift
- What to expect from your body lift
Can I be overweight before my body lift?
Before you go through body lift surgery your weight must be stable.
Should I have a body lift if I plan to have more children?
Women who are considering future pregnancies should postpone having a body lift because the pregnancy would diminish the results.
Can both men and women have a body lift?
A body lift is beneficial to both men and women.
What areas are corrected in an upper body lift?
The chest, back, and upper arms are included in upper body lift surgery to correct skin laxity in the upper body. Dr. Gabbay tailors each upper body lift to meet his patient’s individual needs.
Is liposuction used with a body lift?
In some cases, a combination of liposuction and surgical body lifts may be necessary to achieve an improved contour.
Who is not suitable for a body lift?
People who are not candidates for a body lift include:
- An overweight person—In most cases a person must establish a stable weight for eighteen months before going through a body lift.
- A physically unfit person—A person who smokes, uses drugs, or is an alcoholic is not a candidate for a body lift.
- A person who suffers from chronic medical conditions—A person who has chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and cardiac issues should not have a body lift
- Psychologically impaired people—Any person who has a psychiatric disorder is not a candidate for a body lift.
- People who do not want scars—A body lift surgery involves numerous scars and although they are placed in inconspicuous locations that can be hidden with clothing or normal anatomical folds, scarring will take a long time to heal and the scars may never totally disappear.
Is there any way to avoid scarring?
A primary issue with body contouring after massive weight loss is the excessive amount of skin. This procedure requires multiple incisions to remove the excess, to obtain a better shape and contour. Scars are an inevitable result of these incisions. Most patients prefer inconspicuous scars to excessive skin and fat however.
When will I be able to see the results from my body lift?
Results may be fully visible after the swelling has abated and in most cases, 75 percent of the swelling dissipates at six weeks and 90 percent is gone by three months.
Do I need help when I go home after a body lift?
After your body lift surgery, you must arrange for someone to take you home and care for you at least the first few days following your procedure.