Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix area cosmetic surgeon who offers body lift at his practice. In the paragraphs below he describes this procedure and how Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix body lift patients have benefited from treatment.
Body Lift: The Procedure
Lower body lifts are indicated for patients with skin laxity of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. This procedure incorporates an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and tightens the skin of the thighs and buttocks. The incision typically goes circumferentially all the way around the body in a line which can be concealed by underwear or a swim suit. Lower body lifts remove excess tissue from the outer and anterior (front) thigh areas, addressing sagging skin resulting from aging, pregnancy, or massive weight loss. A lower body lift can be combined with liposuction to contour excess fat tissue while lifting loose skin. By lifting the lax skin, tightening abdominal muscle fascia and contouring select areas with liposuction where indicated, the lower body lift restores more normal contour to the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The results may be very dramatic.
Lower body lifts are done under general anesthesia and are lengthy operations taking 4–6 hours or more. You are typically admitted for two days following surgery for early mobilization and close monitoring. Drains are placed in the incisions to prevent fluid collection and remain for a variable length of time depending on the amount of drainage. Incisions are closed with sutures and staples which are absorbable under your skin. A surgical adhesive is applied to the incisions after closure. You must exercise great care with movement and position after surgery to avoid disrupting suture lines. Typically you will be in a flexed position for 6 days after surgery when lying down or walking to avoid excess tension on the abdominal skin flap. Walking is encouraged soon after surgery. A pain pump is used at surgery to deliver local anesthetic for four days after the procedure to the surgical sites.
Realistic expectations are important after plastic surgery in general, and in particular for any patient who has undergone massive weight loss. Loss of elasticity in the skin in this group of patients can result in a greater likelihood of recurrent laxity after surgery or scar widening. Additionally, in patients who were very overweight for long periods of time, underlying skeletal changes may be present. Most patients, however, are extremely pleased with their results. Most massive weight loss patients require multiple stages for contouring of the lower body, breasts, arms, upper back, face, and neck to achieve optimal correction. Inner thigh lifts are not usually done at the same time as a lower body lift. These procedures are spaced apart to reduce surgical risk and promote quicker recovery.
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In addition to body lift, Dr. Angelchik also performs other body contouring procedures in his Glendale cosmetic surgery practice. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Angelchik treats tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, brachioplasty and thigh lift patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anglechik.