Making the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight and get back in shape is both difficult and incredibly rewarding. But, while you will feel better and accomplished once you lose the weight, you may still not be happy with the way your body looks.
Major weight loss can leave you with loose, sagging skin that seems to hang off of your body. There is no workout or diet that can help you get rid of this loose skin. The only way to properly address the issue is to have the excess skin surgically excised. At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we can provide you with the surgical care you need in the form of a lower body lift.
What is a Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift, or circumferential abdominoplasty, improves the appearance of the figure by restoring and enhancing the contours of the central body. The procedure permanently removes stubborn fat, excess skin, and also lifts areas that have been impacted by significant weight loss due to bariatric surgery or diet and exercise.
These changes give the body a tighter and more toned appearance and makes the surface of the skin smoother. The procedure also enhances muscle definition that has been lost under the layers of excess tissue.
A lower body lift is a combination of several body-contouring procedures. A lower body lift combines an abdominoplasty and a buttock lift using a circumferential bikini line incision to tighten and lift the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, lower back, and buttocks.
Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with this procedure for fat reduction and contouring. The primary goal of a lower body lift is to sculpt, tighten and reshape the lower body contour.
During your initial consultation for a lower body lift, you will meet with one of our board certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the body lift procedure, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and determine a surgical plan of care based on your expected outcome.
After performing an exam and reviewing pertinent health history, your surgeon may order lab work and other pre-operative tests as deemed necessary. Lastly, you will meet with a surgery coordinator to discuss fees, surgery scheduling options, and make a pre-operative appointment to meet with the nurse for final preparation prior to surgery.
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Your surgery will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite with a qualified anesthesia provider. Operative time in most cases is about four hours, though this time does vary from patient to patient based on the extent of the work required to provide them with satisfactory results.
Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day. You will need to have someone drive you home following your procedure, so it is important that you plan ahead. Surgery can also be performed at a local hospital with an overnight stay if desired.
Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for a lower body lift is about 2-4 weeks and most patients take pain medication for 3-5 days.
During your recovery, you will be wearing post-surgical garments. These elastic garments will help you control post-surgical swelling in the treatment areas. Bruising will also ameliorate over time.
Patients can typically return to work within 2-3 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be completely avoided for the first 10-12 weeks following your surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Associates in Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge today to schedule a consultation for your lower body lift with one of our highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeons. Our goal is to understand your specific aesthetic goals so that we can provide you with outstanding results that look natural and fully satisfy your aesthetic needs.
Your Lower Body Lift procedure will be performed in Bourgeois Freel Plastic Surgery‘s surgery center located in Baton Rouge, LA.