Get the Figure You Desire with a Lower Body Lift
Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix area cosmetic surgeon who offers effective body lifts at his practice. A body lift can be one of the best ways to rejuvenate the lower body through surgical techniques designed to lift, tighten, and refine the figure.
Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.
A body lift, also known as a lower body lift, is designed to address factors like loose skin and excess fat in the lower body. These areas commonly include the hips, thighs, and abdomen, and are commonly affected by life events like pregnancy or weight loss. A body lift can be easily performed at the same time as a tummy tuck procedure or liposuction techniques.
Realistic expectations are important when considering plastic surgery in general, and are particularly important for any patient in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Glendale, AZ area 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. Overall, candidates should be in good health and able to undergo surgery.
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A lower body lift usually includes incisions all the way around the hip and groin area to remove an apron of skin and tissue, allowing for effective lifting and reshaping of the lower body areas. Dr. Angelchik will ensure that you understand your incision options and what to expect during your surgical session.
Liposuction can easily be performed at the same time as a lower body lift surgery. This can be used to further contour and reduce fat in the surrounding areas like the abdomen and thighs. Dr. Angelchik can recommend the right type of liposuction to effectively reduce fat.
Lower body lifts are performed 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.
It’s important to 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. This can help prevent pain and discomfort and ensure that you’re able to rest and recover comfortably. During your consultation with Dr. Angelchik, he will ensure you have explicit care steps to follow in order to ensure you achieve your results and remain safe and risk-averse.
Your first step in a body lift procedure is a consultation with Dr. Angelchik, a top plastic surgeon in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Glendale, AZ area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.