Naples Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Manuel Peña offers men and women who desire to dramatically contour and shape their body the body lift procedure. This a surgery with multiple techniques to improve the overall proportions in the lower half of the body. In this procedure, the buttocks, abdomen and thighs are reshaped based on your individual needs. Also referred to as a lower body lift or lipectomy, the body lift is a great example of how combining plastic surgery techniques can lead to dramatic results, improved efficiency, and reduced surgical costs for our patients.
Performed to reduce excess skin and fat from the torso and upper thighs, the body lift can have dramatic results. This procedure is popular for men and women who have seen little progress with diet and exercise, who have a large amount of loose skin due to massive weight loss or aging, or who are not happy with the body changes spurred by pregnancy and childbirth.
If you are interested in learning more about a body lift and to determine if you are a candidate, request a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Manuel Peña. He can help you achieve the shape you have always wanted.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Body Lift
Dr. Manuel Peña offers the body lift procedure to both men and women throughout the Naples, Florida area. The best candidates for a body lift have large amounts of excess skin following significant weight loss. Many people seek a body lift following bariatric surgery.
Ideal candidates for a body lift should be in generally good health, be prepared for a complex surgical procedure, and be devoted to carefully following all of Dr. Peña’s postsurgical advice. If you have only minimal amounts of fat and skin that need to be removed, a procedure such as liposuction may be better suited to meet your needs.
Whether you have lost skin elasticity due to aging, genetics or weight loss, a body lift surgical procedure performed by Dr. Peña can create a long-lasting body improvement that may improve your self-confidence and allow clothing to fit better.
What Are The Body Lift Surgical Options?
A body lift is a plastic cosmetic surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from areas including your thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Remaining skin is then lifted and firmed to your natural contours to provide a shapelier, refined, attractive physique.
Dr. Manuel Peña advises his patients that there are two types of body lifts:
- LOWER BODY LIFT which addresses the thighs (thigh lift) ,buttocks, tummy tuck, and lower back. Specifically, it can help reshape the outer and inner thigh appearance.
- UPPER BODY LIFT which addresses the chest/breasts, middle-to-upper back, and arms.
With this procedure Dr. Peña will remove cellulite and stubborn deposits of fat from the treatment areas with liposuction before using excision to remove unnecessary skin. If you are having a lower body lift, he will also tighten abdominal muscles to improve core strength and further tone your stomach, hips, and waist.
Restoring your body to its ideal shape and optimal health often requires a combined approach. After you have reached your goal weight, it may be necessary to consider a body lift procedure to finalize your initial results. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Peña, all of your options will be discussed and those best suited to meet your needs will be determined.
Body Lift Procedure Description
Dependent on the area(s) of the body that are being addressed, the surgical procedure steps involved in a body lift procedure are summarized as follows:
- You are given intravenous anesthesia to numb the body before surgery.
- Dr. Peña makes incisions in areas where it is easy to conceal any scarring.
- Dr. Peña uses excision and fat removal techniques to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen (tummy tuck) and reshape the area for a more attractive contour.
- The same smoothing and toning techniques are used on the thigh and buttock areas.
- Dr. Peña closes the incision sites with absorbable sutures and bandages the lower body area.
- The full recovery period typically lasts four to six weeks.*
A body lift is often a popular choice for patients who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery and need to tighten and firm the lower body for a more refined, contoured look. This procedure is also frequently combined with other body contouring surgeries, such as the liposuction, a Arm Liftbreast lift. The “upper body lift” typically includes a breast lift / lateral chest lift and an arm lift.
What Risks Are There With a Body Lift Procedure?
As with any type of surgical procedure, a body lift comes with some risks. Dr. Peña will carefully help you weigh the pros and cons of this procedure during your initial consultation. Risks of a body lift include infection, excessive bleeding, asymmetrical results, and improper wound healing.* Dr. Peña takes every care necessary to guard against these complications. Your risks can be further reduced by closely following all of Dr. Peña’s postsurgical advice.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your body following weight loss or if you have excess skin and fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, a body lift may be the ideal solution. This is best determined during your initial consultation with Dr. Peña. Working with each patient on a highly personal level, Dr. Peña will listen to your concerns, assess your entire frame, and help you determine if a body lift is right for you.
To schedule your body contouring procedure, request your consultation with Dr. Manuel Peña, board-certified Naples plastic surgeon.
*Individual results may vary. Consult with Dr. Peña to see if you are a candidate.