Sagging, loose skin around the waist is not uncommon, especially for people who have experienced a large weight loss or seen severe weight fluctuations. The normal aging process can also cause skin to droop, as it loses its youthful elasticity and shape. Even on a thinner individual, this billowy tissue will cause clothing to fit poorly, diminishing confidence in the appearance. Unfortunately, the excess skin does not only look unsightly, it can also rub and chafe on surrounding areas, limiting activities and mobility.
The body lift is a surgical procedure created specifically to restore a beautiful, youthful shape to the lower body. Also known as a belt lipectomy or circumferential tummy tuck, the body lift procedure will lift, tighten, and sculpt the buttocks, thighs, hips, and stomach. For some individuals who have struggled with weight loss, the body lift may create a sculpted figure for the first time in their life.
A Body Lift at the Naderi Center:
For those patients who have seen a massive weight loss, the benefits of a body lift can be life changing. The Naderi Center’s body lift is ideal for anyone dealing with sagging, lax skin and tissue around the stomach, thighs, flanks (love handles), and lower back. Dr. Erica Anderson has extensive experience in body contouring procedures, and has been providing the body lift technique to her patients for over a decade. While her body lift can bring outstanding results on its own, the technique can also be paired with additional procedures such as a brachioplasty (arm lift) for maximum physical rejuvenation.
The body lift can help if:
- You have experienced a dramatic weight loss
- You have skin that hangs down over your beltline or stomach
- You are experiencing chafing or rashes due to sagging skin folds
- You are unhappy with the appearance of excess skin on your lower body
A Body Lift Consultation:
A complimentary body lift consultation will be arranged prior to scheduling the surgical procedure. At this time, Dr. Anderson will go over the patient’s medical history and current medications prior to performing a physical evaluation. Once she has explained her body lift technique in full, Dr. Anderson will address concerns and answer any remaining questions. She will use before and after photographs of her recent body lift procedures to assist patients in visualizing their potential results. After the recovery, risks, and costs have been discussed, Dr. Anderson will determine if the body lift is the best procedure for the individual’s situation.
The Best Candidate for a Body Lift Procedure:
Almost anyone who is seeking an improvement in excess, loose skin and fat around their mid-section, and is in overall good health, may benefit from the body lift procedure. This surgical technique is especially good for those patients dealing with inches of loose skin following massive weight loss. Patients should be near or at their ideal body weight. Candidates should understand Dr. Anderson’s body lift technique, and be fully committed to the recovery process. Additionally, patients should hold reasonable expectations for their results. Dr. Anderson recommends the procedure for nonsmokers, as smoking can significantly delay wound healing. Those interested in the body lift from the Naderi Center should schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson.
The Body Lift Procedure:
Dr. Anderson’s body lift procedure will take between four and six hours to perform, using general anesthesia. She will perform the procedure at a nearby accredited surgery center. In most situations, an overnight hospital stay is recommended for maximum patient comfort.
To begin the body lift, Dr. Anderson will make a circumferential, or beltline, incision around the lower abdomen and above the buttocks. From here, she will excise unwanted fatty tissue, skin, and muscle from the stomach, flanks, and lower back. Dr. Anderson will lift the remaining muscle and tissue of the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. The area will be sculpted to a more taut appearance and a new, properly placed umbilicus (belly button) will be created. Sutures are then placed for healing. Drains are typically used for the first week.
Recovering from a Body Lift:
The body lift recovery period will take about two weeks. Most patients are comfortable returning to work in 10-14 days. Moderate discomfort can be expected following a body lift. Dr. Anderson will prescribe appropriate pain medications to help during this time. Bruising and swelling are also common. A compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks to limit swelling. Small drainage tubes are put in place after the body lift procedure, and then removed in five to ten days.
Adequate rest following a body lift is essential for proper healing. Patients should fill their medications prior to the body lift procedure and make sure they are on hand when retuning home from surgery. Assistance from a loved one or friend is important for the first several days following a body lift, as patients are usually sore and tired. Heavy lifting (including that of small children) and strenuous exercise must be postponed for four to six weeks following surgery.
Potential Complications from the Body Lift:
Dr. Anderson has been performing the body lift procedure for more than a decade. While the procedure is considered a safe technique, and can provide satisfying results, there is a small chance for complications to occur. The risks of a body lift can include excessive bleeding, unexpected scarring, delayed wound healing, asymmetry, and permanent nerve damage. By choosing an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon in Dr. Anderson, patients can ensure their body lift is safe and will deliver satisfying results.
Schedule your body lift consultation with Dr. Anderson:
Do you still have questions about the body lift procedure? To find out more, contact the Naderi Center’s Herndon, Virginia office at 703.481.0002 or the Chevy Chase, Maryland office at 301.222.2020. Virtual consultations with Dr. Anderson are available for those patients traveling from outside of the immediate area.
Body Lift FAQ:
Q – What is a body lift procedure from the Naderi Center?
A body lift, sometimes referred to as a belt lipectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to remove the lax skin and fat from the abdomen, backside, and hips.
Q – Will I make a good candidate for a body lift?
Anyone who is struggling with excess, lax skin around their waist and lower body may make a good candidate for the body lift procedure. Patients should be at or close to their ideal body weight before the procedure. It is also important candidates be in generally good health, understand the surgical procedure and recovery commitment, and hold realistic expectations for the final results.
Q – How long can I expect my body lift procedure to take?
Depending on the individual patient’s situation, a body lift can take from three to six hours to complete.
Q – Will my body lift leave scars?
Yes, a scar will remain along the incision lines, following the body lift procedure. While the scar will fade somewhat over time, it will remain visible.
Q – When can I return to work after my body lift procedure?
Most people feel well enough to return to work about two weeks after their body lift procedure at the Naderi Center.