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Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Robert Oliver Jr.
Dr. Jason M. Jack

Body Lift in
Birmingham, AL

If you are looking to improve your body contours after pregnancy or weight loss, a body lift can help.

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Body lift surgery is a popular procedure used to sculpt and improve body contours. Body sculpting is ideal for people with excess skin and fat caused by weight gain and subsequent loss.

This comprehensive plastic surgery treatment can target areas such as the abdomen, thighs, waist, and buttocks.

What Can a Body Lift Do for You?

Remove Excess Skin

Excess skin on the lower body can cause medical and cosmetic concerns. A body lift can remove sagging skin, creating a smoother and tighter-looking appearance. This procedure can also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite, and other skin conditions on the body.

Eliminate Fat Deposits

Some fat deposits do not respond to diet and exercise, no matter the effort you put into it. This can result in localized fat pockets across the body, usually in the midsection, thighs, and buttocks. This procedure helps remove unwanted fat.

Create Slim Contours

Whether caused by weight loss, multiple pregnancies, or age, body contours can become hidden beneath excess skin and fat. Removing these can reveal a patient’s true form and highlight their weight-loss results. This procedure can create a firm, tight, and youthful body contour.

How Is a Body Lift Performed?

Consultation

All surgical procedures begin with a consultation. This will ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same page when planning a procedure. During this meeting, your surgeon will ask you about your aesthetic goals and your ideal results. He will ensure your desires are realistic and explain what the procedure can do for you.

This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the operation.

 
 
 
 

Surgery

Body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

An incision is made along the beltline that may extend around the hips to the lower back, depending on the scope of the procedure. 

Through this incision, excess fat can be excised or suctioned out using liposuction. Your surgeon will trim away excess skin and secure the taut skin over your new body contours. 

Sutures are used to secure the skin and tissues, allowing the body to maintain the new contours during the recovery process. 

A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs, including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips.

Before & After

What Are Your Concerns About Body Lift Surgery?

Recovery

What Is Recovery After Body Lift Surgery Like? 

Patients are usually expected to stay in the hospital for one night after surgery. During the initial recovery period, patients will need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and speed healing. 

Drains will be placed to prevent fluid buildup during the recovery process. Patients are encouraged to walk around as soon as they feel up for it but should avoid exercise of any sort for at least two weeks. 

Most patients can resume light activities after two weeks and rigorous activities after six weeks.

Scars

Will I Have Scarring After My Body Lift?

Your body lift will leave scars around the lower abdomen. These scars are usually concealed by clothing and may be difficult to see even while wearing a bathing suit. All scars will fade over time and may fade faster if given proper care.

Cost

How Much Does Body Lift Surgery Cost in Birmingham, AL?

The cost of body lift surgery will vary widely depending on the extent of surgical correction desired, the complexity of the procedure, and the length of time the surgery takes. Other factors that can influence the price of body lift surgery include facility fees, surgical fees, anesthesiologist fees, and the cost of medications and post-surgical supplies.

Your body lift is tailored to your specific needs. Because of this, the only way to get an accurate cost estimate is to schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham.

Pain

Is Body Lift Surgery Painful?

The body lift is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patients feel no pain during the operation. After the surgery is complete, patients will experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort, especially during the first few days of recovery. These symptoms are usually managed with prescription medications.

The desire of Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack at Plastic Surgery Specialists located in Birmingham, Alabama is to provide you with the finest personalized care while creating beautiful, natural results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a candidate for a body lift?

    Candidates are in good health, have maintained their weight for several months, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results. For ideal results, body lift surgery may need to be combined with other body contouring techniques.

    A body lift may benefit you if you have significant excess or hanging skin following pregnancy or weight loss. This technique addresses your midsection’s circumference; however, it can be tailored to your specific needs.

  • Can a body lift be combined with other body contouring procedures?

    Many body lift candidates have loose skin due to massive weight loss. While a body lift transforms the midsection and lower body, it does not address the upper body or excess pockets of remaining fat. Therefore, some patients choose to combine their body lift with other post-bariatric surgeries, such as a breast lift (with or without breast augmentation), arm lift, or liposuction.

  • How should I prepare for my body lift?

    Patients may be asked to obtain a lab test, undergo a medical evaluation, adjust any medications or supplements, and stop tobacco use. Smoking and blood-thinning medication alter your body’s blood flow, which can put you at greater risk during and after your operation.

    Body lift surgery is invasive and requires general anesthesia. Therefore, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, stay with you after surgery, and help with all daily obligations. Many patients take one to two weeks off work—be sure to arrange this before your surgery.

  • What are the risks associated with a body lift?

    Body lift surgery is safe when performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, like Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack. Unfortunately, no surgical procedure is without risk. 

    While rare, possible complications include:

    • Anesthesia complications
    • Bleeding/hematoma
    • Infection
    • Prolonged wound healing
    • Seroma
    • Unfavorable scarring
  • Is my body lift covered by medical insurance?

    Most elective procedures are not covered by medical insurance. However, certain body lift treatments may qualify. Patients undergoing a body lift following significant weight loss may find their insurance contributes if their physician deems it medically necessary.

    Discuss these issues with your primary care physician, plastic surgeon, and insurance carrier to see if your insurance plan covers this procedure.

  • Are my body lift results permanent?

    Your results should be long lasting. The excised skin and fat are permanently removed. However, the body will continue to change due to the natural aging process. Maintaining a stable weight with a healthy lifestyle will help prolong your results.

Schedule a Consultation in Birmingham, Alabama

We at Plastic Surgery Specialists would like to hear from you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

2000 Stonegate Trail, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242

Phone: 205-298-8660

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