Getting a Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss

Anyone whose fluctuated in weight over the years, or has lost substantial weight, knows that significant stretch marks and sagging excess skin may remain. After struggling and achieving weight loss success, many individuals are left with a reflection in the mirror that reminds them of their former, heavier self. Fortunately, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar has the experience and expertise to provide these patients with a solution to this gut-wrenching obstacle! Let’s take a closer look.

Patients come in all shapes and sizes, as well as with varying concerns and objectives. For patients who’ve lost significant weight and find that their bodies are holding on to droopy loose skin, a combination of procedures may be the right avenue to achieve the silhouette they desire. Enter the Body Lift!

With a Body Lift, Dr. Adibfar aims to address the whole silhouette of the patient by removing sagging skin, contouring the body and sometimes even tightening the abdominal wall muscles. While a traditional tummy tuck addresses the front of the abdominals, a Body Lift considers the whole perimeter of the patient’s waist and body. This means that a circumferential (or belt-like) incision is most likely needed to provide the best silhouette and results to the patient. This type of procedure allows Dr. Adibfar to not only address the lower and upper abdomen, but also the flanks and back and buttocks.

The combination of procedures varies as does the shape of the patient’s body. Some options — along with the circumferential body lift — include liposuction, fat transfer, and lifts for specific areas. Patients may also request a thigh lift, a reduction in fat in their upper arms, fat transfer to the buttocks and more. The overall goal of the Body Lift is to remove that excess skin while contouring the body. Without contouring the waist, hips, back, and thighs, results can look inconsistent with the rest of the body. Dr. Adibfar strives for results that not only function to remove the extra skin that remains from weight loss, but to also provide a silhouette (via contouring and fat transfer) that coincides with the rest of the body to create the appropriate curvature. As mentioned, some patients may also require tightening of the abdominal muscles.

The length of the scar is dictated by the patient’s body and the height or placement of the incision. During a Body Lift, Dr. Adibfar positions the scar as low as possible to be covered by the patient’s undergarments. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Adibfar’s meticulous planning results in an optimized shape of the waist, trunk and other relative areas. Along with the removal of excess sagging skin, results include a significant reduction in the waist, projection of curves (if performed on a female patient), as well as a lifted full buttocks and silhouette that best represents and reflects the hard work of the patient to lose weight. After a full recovery, patients are thrilled with their new well-deserved silhouettes and are proud to show them off!

While the thought of a total silhouette overhaul sounds daunting, Dr. Adibfar’s keen eye and decades of experience have allowed for patients to enjoy wearing more fitted clothes and truly celebrate their efforts in committing to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

If you are considering a Body Lift, please be advised that you should only choose a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon with significant experience performing this procedure. They should also have a strong history of providing successful results numerous times. While there are many incredibly qualified board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeons available, patients should always do diligent research and choose a surgeon based on experience, credentials, and history, rather than promotional advertising and discounted services.

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