Procedures For The Body

Cosmetic procedures for the body are one way to reshape deficient or excessive body parts that don’t respond well to exercise or have not developed properly with age. Many candidates for body contouring surgery find that their fat and excess skin inhibit them from doing many of the things they want to do such as wearing a bathing suit, playing sports, or simply going out for a night on the town. Studies have shown that excess skin removal and fat removal are all body sculpting techniques that can ease common insecurities.

The shape of our bodies is under constant inspection, by others and by ourselves in the mirror. Due to age and outside factors such as heredity, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, illness and injury our bodies change shape, and, unfortunately, it’s not always the shape we wanted. Our figures determine which clothes look good on us and which ones don’t.

The shape of a person’s body also has a deeper psychological impact and may influence how you think and feel about yourself as a person and influence many of our daily decisions. A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, unhealthy dieting habits, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your body, it can be difficult to participate in work, social, and leisure activities with confidence. To the majority of people of any age, developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to your happiness and overall well being.

Surgical Procedures For Your Body Include:

Liposuction & Body Contouring (Lipoplasty)

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift) & Outer Thigh Lift (Lateral Thigh Lift)

Body Lift

Liposuction & Body Contouring (Lipoplasty)

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed by many plastic surgeons. It is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. It is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures because it offers safe, effective fat and cellulite removal and can easily be combined with other cosmetic surgery techniques. Some of the main liposuction benefits include improved health associated with fat loss, improved overall appearance, and the reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Liposuction is not intended to be used strictly for weight loss. Rather, liposuction is most effective and beneficial when used to contour a patient’s overall figure by removing pockets of fat in specific areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be very useful when performed on localized areas of the abdomen, flanks, hips, thigh area, buttocks, arms, and breasts.

Improve Your Appearance

Problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise can often be dramatically improved through liposuction. The body smoothing and contouring available with liposuction can make an individual look and feel better by simple virtue of the fact that their clothes fit better. Plastic surgery patients who undergo liposuction may even find unexpected benefits of the procedure as they begin to partake in activities that they had previously shied away from because they were unhappy with their appearance.

Fat Removal

Every cell in the body has a specific function that is vital to the body’s overall health and well-being. Fat cells are designed to store any unused energy from the food we eat. The body uses fat for insulation, shock absorption, and an emergency source of fuel.

The specific body areas where fat is stored depend on your body type, which is largely determined by genetics. Liposuction is an effective fat removal treatment and can help eliminate unwanted pockets of fat that accumulate disproportionately in various areas of the body, contributing to a more desirable overall appearance.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is defined as the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a canula (a hollow stainless steel tube) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction can be accomplished either with the use of general anesthesia, or with heavy IV sedation, or totally by local anesthesia.

Is Liposuction right for me?

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.

Who is a candidate for Liposuction?

•Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone

•Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing

•Non-smokers

•Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

What are common areas to get Liposuction?

The most frequently treated areas for women are the abdomen, breasts, hips, outer thighs, anterior thighs, inner thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, cheeks and neck.

In men, who comprise about 15% to 25% of liposuction patients, the most commonly treated areas include the chin and neck area, abdomen, flanks (“love-handles”), and breasts.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. As long as the patient does not gain an excessive amount of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent.

A woman who always tends to put weight on her thighs and knees, will find that after liposuction, these areas are less likely than other areas to accumulate fat when she gains weight. In fact, a number of patients have had liposuction and subsequently gained weight. In these patients, the areas originally treated by liposuction generally maintain their new desirable silhouette, whereas areas not treated by liposuction are the sites of new deposits of fat.

Can liposuction be used for female breast reduction? What about in men?

Yes, tumescent liposuction is a very effective method of breast reduction for both women and men with very rapid recovery. For women, liposuction typically reduces the breast size by 35% to 45%, and produces a noticeable elevation or lifting of the breasts. Liposuction elevates the female breasts by removing fat and reducing the weight of the breasts, thus permitting the natural elasticity of breast tissues to contract and give the breast a noticeable lift. Postoperative recovery after liposuction of female and male breasts is very quick, with patients typically able to return to work in one to three days.

The Different Liposuction Techniques

There are many ways to do liposuction, for example liposuction can be accomplished painlessly either totally by local anesthesia or with general anesthesia.

Tumescent Technique
The tumescent technique is a method that provides local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat and thus permits liposuction totally by local anesthesia. Unquestionably, the tumescent technique for liposuction is the safest and most commonly used form of liposuction.
The word “tumescent” means swollen and firm. By injecting a large volume of very dilute lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (capillary constrictor) into subcutaneous fat, the targeted tissue becomes swollen and firm, or tumescent. The tumescent liposuction technique is a method that provides local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat and thus permits liposuction totally by local anesthesia. The tumescent liposuction technique eliminates both the need for general anesthesia and need for IV narcotics and sedatives. The tumescent technique for liposuction 1) provides local anesthesia, 2) constricts capillaries and prevents surgical blood loss 3) provides fluid to the body by subcutaneous injection so that no IV fluids are needed.
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction “U.A.L.”
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) requires the use of a large volume of tumescent fluid and uses either a metal probe or metal paddle to deliver ultrasonic energy and heat into subcutaneous fat.
Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture “N.I.L.”
Also known as “TICKLE LIPO”, is a liposuction, fat harvesting and physician support process which utilizes the Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture system (N.I.L.) and is FDA approved for fat removal and body sculpting. The low frequency acoustic INFRASONIC vibration allows for the removal of body fat while respecting the surrounding tissues; resulting in smooth contour and a rapid recovery. The TICKLE LIPO process is a proven reliable system which SAFELY allows for precise, high volume de-bulking in all body areas. The WHIRLING NUTATIONAL pattern offers notable benefits, especially in the areas of fibrosis (secondary liposuction, backs, and in males). Thousands of these proven and effective systems have been sold worldwide.
The Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture (N.I.L.) process was developed with the objective of improving patient safety and procedure outcomes, while significantly decreasing the physical strain on the physician. This procedure differs from the previous methods of lipoplasty by utilizing cannulas activated by air pressure. This NO HEAT, NUTATIONAL WHIPPING movement of vibration, rotation removes fat more effectively than other techniques, while respecting the non-fatty tissues. This allows precise body sculpting with less trauma meaning a reduction of edema, bruising and discomfort. The fat is aspirated simultaneously during the operative emulsification of the fat, thus shortening the procedure time. Because of the characteristics of the system the fat that is removed has a high chance of survival if fat transfer is also an objective of the procedure.
At 10Hz frequency, the INFRASONIC vibration during the infiltration and the operative emulsification creates benefits understood as “The Gate Control Theory”. This vibration interferes with the conduction of painful stimuli by activation of nerves which do not transmit pain signals (nonnociceptive fibers). This advantage allows physicians to perform the liposuction procedure under local or IV sedation and reduces pain for the patient especially during the application of tumescent anesthesia.
Power Assisted Techniques “P.A.L.”
PAL devices use power supplied by an electric motor or compressed air to produce either a rapid in-and-out movement or a spinning rotation of an attached liposuction cannula. Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) devices have recently become available. PAL devices use power supplied by an electric motor or compressed air to produce either a rapid in-and-out movement or a spinning rotation of an attached liposuction cannula. Advocates of PAL assert that it makes liposuction easier for the surgeon. While some liposuction surgeons have expressed enthusiasm about PAL, many others remain skeptical about any advantages of PAL. There are no objective scientific publications to support the enthusiastic claims made by manufacturers of PAL devices.
Water Jet Assisted Liposuction
Water jet assisted liposuction is another method of liposuction being used by cosmetic surgeons today. Water jet assisted liposuction actually uses a slightly pressurized stream of saline to dislodge fat and simultaneously remove the cells. Instead of destroying fat cells, this type of liposuction loosens the fat cells to facilitate more gentle removal.
Water jet assisted liposuction is another method of liposuction being used by cosmetic surgeons today. As in all types of liposuction, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the skin for a more contoured look. Liposuction is optimal for people who are in good physical shape and who aren’t interested in using liposuction as a weight loss measure.
Instead of injecting the body with tumescent fluid and removing the fat cells manually with a cannula, or using laser technology to melt and dislodge the fat, water jet assisted liposuction actually uses a slightly pressurized stream of saline to dislodge fat and simultaneously remove the cells. Instead of destroying fat cells, this type of liposuction loosens the fat cells to facilitate more gentle removal. Water Jet Assisted liposuction injects tumescent fluid (saline and medicines including a local anesthetic) into the body part being treated. Tumescent fluid is proven effective and several alternate liposuction technologies are now using the tumescent technique for its local anesthetic benefits. In the case of water jet assisted liposuction, it then uses different processes to actually remove the fat and manage fluid levels.
Once the local anesthesia has taken hold, a cannula is then introduced into the tissue to irrigate and then simultaneously suction the loosened fat cell from the body. Finally, any remaining fluid is removed. The procedure is considered gentle and minimally invasive and the force seen in traditional liposuction methods is not needed when using jet-assisted liposuction. There is usually very little bruising or swelling and water jet assisted liposuction often has a very short recovery time, partially because the use of water means that there is less tissue trauma to the body.
This is another liposuction technology that does not require general anesthetic, which reduces risks to the patient and reduces costs. Also, because of the fluid management used in this technique, the surgeon can do a more detailed anatomical assessment while conducting the procedure,, so the results are excellent. Basically, the area of the body doesn’t swell up, so the cosmetic surgeon can actually see the results of the liposuction as he or she is doing it.

Choosing A Liposuction Surgeon

In the realm of liposuction, maximum speed and maximum volume of aspirate are not criteria for excellence. Ultimately, excellence is measured in terms of patient happiness which is a function of safety, patient comfort, finesse, and quality of results. The important distinction between liposuction surgeons who are board certified is the liposuction technique that they use. The surgeon’s specialty is not as important as the surgeon’s technique, experience and attitude toward safety.

Be Sure To Ask Questions

It’s very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your liposuction procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

Liposuction Complications, Risks, & Safety

Liposuction is generally considered to be a safe procedure. However, liposuction is an invasive surgery and carries certain risks.

The most common complication of liposuction is a result that produces an unsatisfied patient. Unrealistic expectations before surgery is the most common cause of an unhappy patient. Avoiding unrealistic expectations requires careful and accurate communication between patient and surgeon.

Common but minor complications for liposuction include superficial irregularities of the skin, uneven contours, rippling or loose skin, nerve damage, irregular pigmentation, infection, temporary bruising, numbness or nerve injury, blood clots, anesthesia risks, hematoma (bleeding), change in skin sensation, poor wound healing, persistent swelling in the legs, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, possibility of revision surgery.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is an abdominal surgery which removes excess skin and fat that may accumulate after pregnancy, or due to obesity or age. The benefits of full Abdominoplasty are tightening the abdominal muscles/fascia, which may have become stretched out over time. This procedure can dramatically aid in the reduction of a once prominent abdomen. Adominoplasty can be done in conjunction with a buttock/thigh lift.

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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.

A special note: In order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm.

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure is performed to reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward, tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm, and reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

Is an arm lift right for me?

In general, candidates for an arm lift include adults with significant upper arm skin laxity, adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight, healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery, Non-smokers, and individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.

What should I expect during my consultation?

The success and safety of your arm lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations, desired outcome ,medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments. Also the use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and previous surgeries.

Your surgeon may also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors, take photographs for your medical record, discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment.

Your surgeon may discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications as well.

Be sure to ask questions:

It’s very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your arm lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

What happens during arm lift surgery?

Anesthesia
– Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
The Incision
– Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.
Inner Arm Incision
– Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

 

Closing the incisions
– Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your arm lift.

Results

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediatelfollowing your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

Will my results be long lasting?

The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

How should I prepare for my surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, and stop smoking well in advance of surgery.

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

Special instructions you receive will cover what to do on the day of surgery, the use of anesthesia during your arm lift, and post-operative care & follow-up.

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Arm lift surgery may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.

You will need help

If your arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

What will my recovery be like?

Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

When you go home

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.

Take good care of yourself and be extra careful

Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?

When will they be removed?

Are stitches removed? When?

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

When do I return for follow-up care?

Important facts about the safety and risks of arm lift surgery

The decision to have arm lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications. The risks include:

Unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, fluid accumulation, anesthesia risks, possibility of revisional surgery, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, numbness or other changes in skin sensation. Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, asymmetry, major wound separation, and fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis).s

Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs may occur, as well as, pain which may persist, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications. Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal.

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

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Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift) & Outer Thigh Lift (Lateral Thigh Lift)

A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

Types of Thigh Lift procedure

There are two types of Thigh Lift procedures – Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift) and Outer Thigh Lift (Lateral Thigh Lift). In Inner Thigh Lift procedure, the incision is made in the inner thigh hidden in the groin crease. In Outer Thigh Lift which also includes a Buttock Lift, the incision is made extending from the groin around the back.

Am I a candidate for Thigh Lift?

If you have lost a lot of weight recently and have hanging, sagging, unsightly skin on your thighs that you would like to get rid of, if your thighs look flabby and dimpled, if you are self conscious about your lower body and would like to improve your body image, then you are an ideal candidate for Thigh Lift.

What does the procedure of Thigh Lift involve?

The procedure for Thigh Lift is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. No prior hospitalization is necessary. For Inner Thigh Lift, smaller incisions are made extending from the inner groin crease around the buttock crease. Outer Thigh Lift require much extensive incisions and a combination of Thigh and Buttock Lift requires a much longer incision that starts in the buttock crease, extends around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. The procedure of Thigh Lift involves trimming away the extra skin high up on the side of the thigh and buttocks and removing excess fat from underneath it.

How do I prepare for the Thigh Lift procedure?

Since Thigh Lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, there is no need for hospitalization. However, general anesthesia is used to minimize pain and discomfort from the procedure.

What should I expect during recovery following Thigh Lift procedure?

Your thighs will be placed in a compression garment or dressing to minimize swelling and assist in the natural shrinking of the skin following Thigh Lift procedure. There might be some bruising, swelling and localized pain that will subside week two after surgery. Do not participate in any strenuous activity for the next 4 – 6 weeks following the procedure. Do not sit for long periods of time as it will increase tension on the stitches. You will be able to resume your daily activities within 4 – 6 weeks after Thigh Lift surgery.

What is the outcome of Thigh Lift surgery?

Without a doubt, you will be delighted with the results of Thigh Lift. This procedure is successful in most of the candidates with minimum chances of complications. Provided you do not gain a lot of weight and lose it again, Thigh Lift will give you well contoured and shapely thighs for the rest of your life, of course keeping in mind that aging changes in your body are inevitable.

Benefits of Thigh Lift

Benefits of a Thigh Lift are not only cosmetic, it also relieves rashes on the undersurface of thighs due to moisture. Operation for Thigh Lift is normally performed in extreme cases where massive amounts of weight have been lost. Thigh Lift further adds to the weight loss and gives you smooth, firm and shapely thighs that you can be very proud of when wearing clothing and a bathing suit. Thigh Lift also reduces the dimpled look due to cellulite.

Alternatives to Thigh Lift

Liposuction – Circumferential Liposuction of the thigh, also known as Thigh Liposculpture is certainly an attractive alternative to loosing extra fat on your thighs. However, it will not rid the hanging, sagging skin on your thighs. Thigh Lift is normally performed in conjunction with circumferential Liposuction / Liposculpture.

Making the decision to have a Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift is a widely performed procedure on both men and women. The benefits of Thigh Lift far out weigh the minor risks that do not affect it’s outcome. The specific risks and the suitability of Thigh Lift for you can be determined at the time of pre-operative consultation by your surgeon.

Risks of Thigh Lift

Major complications following Thigh Lift are rare. However, there is a possibility that the following minor post-operative complications may occur which do not affect the outcome (results) of Thigh Lift procedure:
Bruising, swelling, pain, infection at the incision site, bleeding, delayed healing of scars, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.

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Body Lift

A well-toned body with smooth contours often is a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise.

But exercise cannot always achieve desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and upper arms.

If you desire a firmer, more youthful-looking body contour, then a surgical body lift may help achieve your goals. It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.

Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite.

A body lift may include these areas:

Abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area. Buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly. Groin that may sag into the inner thigh. Thigh, including the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or circumferentially.

 

What a Body Lift won’t do:

Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.

What is a Body Lift?

A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity.

What happens during body lift surgery?

Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and surgical judgment.
A complete lower body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure. A circumferential incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
A combination of liposuction and surgical body lifts may be necessary to achieve an improved contour. Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours.
Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.

When will I see the results of my body lift?

The results of a body lift are visible almost immediately. It may take as long as one to two years for the final results to fully develop.

Is a body lift right for me?

Before you decide to undergo body lift surgery, your weight must be relatively stable. Women considering future pregnancies should postpone an abdominal body lift since pregnancy may diminish the results.

Good candidates for body lift surgery are:

Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas, healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery, non-smokers, individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish, and individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness.

Be sure to ask questions:

It’s very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your body lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

What will my recovery be like?

After your body lift procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?

When will they be removed?

Are stitches removed? When?

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

When do I return for follow-up care?

Home after care following your surgery

Following Dr. Aguilar’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

Will the results be long lasting?

The results of a body lift are visible almost immediately. However, it may take as much as one to two years, or more, for the final results of the body lift procedures to fully develop.

Scars will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.

As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.

Important facts about the safety and risks of body lift surgery

The decision to have a body lift is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Possible risks of body lift surgery include:

Unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, numbness or other changes in skin sensation. Also anesthesia risks, skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), major wound separation, asymmetry, and recurrent looseness of skin. Pain, which may persist, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, persistent swelling in the legs, possibility of revisional surgery. Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal.

To schedule a private consultation and to see examples of Dr. Aguilar’s work, please call (713) 521-4777.

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