It is common for obese individuals who have undergone massive weight loss through diet, exercise, and gastric bypass surgery to not be fully satisfied with their new, thinner physique. While massive weight has been lost, the contours of the rest of the body do not necessarily improve, particularly the skin. Furthermore, certain fat deposits in the body are highly resistant, if not totally impervious to natural weight loss efforts of any kind. As a result, many gastric bypass patients are left disheartened by their ill-proportioned, asymmetrical post-op look, even if they have reached their target weight.
These individuals are prime candidates for a body lift. A typical body lift may include procedures on any of the following problem areas:
- Abdomen – Excess skin located above and below the belly button can be removed, and the muscles tightened in order to improve abdominal contours. Liposuction is often used to remove fat that has not responded to other weight loss efforts.
- Breasts – In both men and women, breasts will lose volume, causing them to droop or sag. With men, excess skin is removed and the breasts reconstructed. For women, the excess skin and subcutaneous tissue is used to form a new breast. It may be determined that an implant is necessary in some cases.
- Arms– Arms, particularly the upper arms, are notorious for being resistant to weight loss. Both skin removal and liposuction are commonly used to reshape the arms.
- Legs– Folds of skin between the legs usually remain after massive weight loss, causing difficulty walking and skin irritation. A thigh lift procedure is appropriate in this case.
A body lift is a serious procedure. It is not an alternative to weight loss. You must be metabolically sound, at your target weight, and committed to maintaining it after your surgery. Approval from the physician guiding you through your weight loss process will be required before surgery can take place.
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If you have been thinking about taking the next steps in exploring a body lift, call (203) 577-6550 to schedule a free consultation with top plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Foster at his office located in Middlebury, Connecticut.