The term "Body Lift" by itself refers to an operation that improves the appearance of the lower torso by addressing loose skin on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Other names used for the operation include Circumferential Abdominoplasty and Belt Lipectomy. It is really a combination of procedures (a tummy tuck, lateral thigh lift, and buttock lift) that is most appropriate for patients who have undergone massive weight loss. Patients who have carried a significant amount of weight for most of their life and then lost it (either through diet and exercise or with surgical assistance) are often left with loose sagging skin throughout their body. Depending on the areas affected, these patients may desire a Lower Body Lift, an Upper Body Lift (breast lift combined with an arm lift procedure), or a Total Body Lift (upper and lower body lift as well as a facelift). The more extensive makeover procedures are staged to reduce surgical risk. Patients are encouraged to first address the regions that bother them the most.
This patient got a body lift to improve the appearance of her midsection, buttocks, and thighs. See more before-and-after photos of Dr. Bogdan's real body lift patients in our photo gallery.Before & After Photos
Most often, the Lower Body Lift is the first operation chosen by weight loss patients on their road to full rejuvenation. The procedure often has the most noticeable overall change in body shape and is performed in one trip to the operating room. The procedure takes 4.5 to 6 hours to perform and can be done on an outpatient basis. (All patients have the option of staying in the hospital for one night if there is any concern regarding at-home care, or if their medical conditions dictate.) The operation is performed under general anesthesia, and starts in the prone position (lying on the stomach) to address the flanks and buttocks. The excess skin and underlying fat is removed, the buttocks and posterior-lateral thighs are lifted, and this smooths the back and buttock region. Patients are then repositioned to the supine position (lying on the back) and an extended abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is performed. All of the excess skin from the waist to the ribcage is elevated, stretched to smooth the contour, and the excess is removed. A new belly button is created during this portion of the surgery. During skin elevation, the abdominal wall is exposed and the muscular components of the abdominal wall are tightened to strengthen the core musculature. The resultant scar from a Lower Body Lift travels along the torso at the level that a belt is normally worn, hence another name for the operation: Belt Lipectomy.
Dr. Bogdan is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a passion for his craft who is known for working closely with patients to get excellent results.Meet Dr. Bogdan Request Your Consultation
Recovery and exercise restrictions are similar to that of a tummy tuck. The discomfort is moderate and can be managed with oral medications. Walking after surgery is very beneficial and is strongly encouraged. Patients must maintain a semi-flexed posture for approximately 7 to 10 days to allow for initial scar healing. Dr. Bogdan lets his patients begin light cardiovascular exercise three weeks after surgery, and normal levels at 6 weeks.
If you would like further information about Body Lift surgery or other body contouring procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Bogdan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Bogdan looks forward to meeting with you to discuss your goals and help create plan to achieve them. Or, you can call our office at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, Dr. Bogdan encourages you to download his enhanced photo gallery application. This FREE app is available for download from the App Store℠.