Body Lift Seattle, Bellevue & Tacoma
The precise procedure varies with each cosmetic surgery patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh to the waistline. In more extensive surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back. Adjustments to the buttocks and thighs require an incision at the crease of the buttocks. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration. The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Body Lift Procedure
- Reshape mid-body contour
- Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss
- Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies
Body Lift Surgery Recovery
Generally, post-operative instructions require plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility. Seattle body lift patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.
Body Lift vs. Liposuction
There are many differences between our liposuction procedure and our body lift procedure. Seattle patients must understand before they make an appointment for body lift surgery that liposuction is the process of removing a significant amount of fat under the skin. Patients who undergo significant weight loss or liposuction may experience extra lose skin. This is when body lift surgery comes into play. But while liposuction and body lift are very different procedures, they are both useful for the purpose of body reshaping and can also be quite effective when combined.
How Long Do Body Lift Results Last?
Most patients notice great improvement right after surgery. Others notice significant improvement only after the recovery period is finished. Most patients experience long-lasting body lift results if they are able to maintain their body weight.
Schedule A Body Lift Consultation
Patients can schedule a consultation today to have their questions answered by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Precht. Candidates in the Tacoma or Bellevue area can visit our plastic surgery facility for quality treatments.