Congratulations on taking back control of your body and your life. Massive weight loss is a massive accomplishment! Often, however, there are skin excesses and physical distortions that remain. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Goldberg, has specific training and experience in body contouring procedures for the massive weight loss patients. Common procedures include: body lift, arm lift, breast lift, thigh lift, neck lift, and facelift. Typically these are staged in order of importance to the patient.
Also known as belt lipectomy, body lift surgery is an extensive surgical procedure that reshapes the midsection after massive weight loss. The procedure is often combined with reshaping of the inner/outer thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen. A body lift is common for patients who have experienced massive weight loss or gastric bypass weight loss procedures. The surgery is conducted to remove excess skin that causes cosmetic and functional problems for the patient.
Consider Body Lift surgery if you…
3710 View Gallery It may be to your advantage to consider this surgery if you are tired of the excess skin on your inner and/or outer thighs, buttocks, hips, or abdomen. Among other characteristics that suggest body lift surgery include:
- Discomfort and hygiene issues related to skin folds
- Dramatic weight reduction after bariatric surgery
- Body weight has stabilized
Contraindications for this procedure include hypertension, bleeding disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. If you have any of these issues, please discuss with Dr. Goldberg and your physician before considering this type of surgery.
I’m a problem solver. I adapt my techniques to meet each patient’s goals. I apply creative thinking while always adhering to sound principles.
– Dr. Goldberg
How the Body Lift Works
Dr. Goldberg will carefully mark the incisions, strategically placing them in the natural folds of your skin where they will be best hidden. After general or local anesthesia, and antibiotics are administered, he will make the incisions, and the loose skin is lifted and removed. Liposuction is conducted as needed. Treatment progresses in a circumferential manner, meaning that the surgeon works outward from his starting point in a circle.
Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed. Depending on the complexity of your surgical goals, future procedures (or staged body lift procedures) may be performed.
Your Recovery from Body Lift Surgery
You will need to recover in bed for the first 24 hours, walking with assistance on day two following surgery. After one week post-surgery, the drains that were inserted to collect fluids during the healing process are removed, but compression garment should typically be worn for approximately six weeks. Patients usually regain most of their strength and energy about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Goldberg treats patients from Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry, Yonkers and many other communities in Westchester, Bergen, and lower Fairfield County. For more information about Body Lift surgery, call our office for a consultation at 914-840-5999.
*Individual Results May Vary