Aging, weight fluctuations, gastric bypass surgery, loss of skin elasticity, and pregnancy can all affect how the body changes. Weight tends to pack on easier, the skin begins to sag, and the curves lack definition. Many will adopt a healthy lifestyle, such as eating right and exercising regularly, to battle the unwanted body transformations to no avail. Body lift surgery is an ideal option for those who have loose, hanging skin that is uncorrectable without surgery. A body lift corrects loose skin and excess fat to sculpt the body and restore a more attractive lower body and midsection.
- Removes excess, hanging skin
- Defines the shape of the body
- Gets rid of stubborn fatty tissue
- Creates a better-contoured waistline
It is important that a patient is undergoing body lift surgery for themselves and has realistic expectations about the procedure. The best candidates for body lift surgery:
- Are in good physical health
- Do not have any current medical conditions
- Have had a physical examination and clearance by their primary medical physician
- Are not using surgery as a weight loss plan
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit for a period of time before and after surgery
- Are willing to maintain their results with diet and exercise
Dr. Bonaldi will evaluate your body and goals to help you decide whether body lift surgery is the right procedure for you.
Body lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia. An incision is made around the circumference of the waist just above the pubic area. Through the incision, excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin on the buttocks and thighs is pulled upward, and the underlying tissues are tightened. Once the back and sides of the body are addressed, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be performed to provide abdominal contouring. Excess skin and tissue are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened to create a more slender and defined waistline. Sutures are placed to secure the newly shaped contours.
Compression garments are used to provide support and to reduce swelling. Dr. Bonaldi will give you instructions on how to care for surgical wounds. Patients should designate a friend or family member to help them around the house for the first few weeks of recovery. Swelling and bruising can last up to three weeks. Most patients can return to work within two to three weeks.
It can take nine months to one year for full results to become apparent; every patient will recover at their own pace. Patients will notice their slimmer, more contoured waistline that accentuates their entire silhouette.
If you want to learn more about body lift surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Bonaldi today. He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Contact us by calling (775) 828-7400 or by filling out our online contact form.