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Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

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

Body Lift
Birmingham, Alabama

A procedure designed to reduce excess sagging skin and fat below the waistline for a slimmer, tighter appearance.

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Massive weight loss, aging, sun damage, childbearing, genetic factors, and surgical procedures can all lead to excess loose skin on the lower body due to poor skin elasticity. A body lift, sometimes referred to as a belt lipectomy, is designed to improve the definition of the lower body by removing excess skin, pulling the remaining skin taut, and smoothing it out. The areas addressed by a body lift include the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips, lower back, and inner and outer thighs for a smoother, more toned appearance.

Is a Body Lift Right for Me?

Restricted Movement

After losing a drastic amount of weight, you may feel healthier, have improved mobility, and experience less strain on your muscles. Unfortunately, a significant amount of excess skin can continue to impede your movement. Body lift surgery can be customized to remove excess skin and improve mobility.

Uncomfortable Chafing

Although fat has been reduced or eliminated, the remaining excess skin can hang over your stomach, back, thighs, and buttocks, causing uncomfortable chafing as you walk. A body lift can address these concerns by removing excess skin that is causing chafing, rashes, sweating, and infections.

Reduced Confidence

With massive weight loss you can achieve slimmer body contours, but the excess skin that remains discourages many patients because it is impossible to address skin laxity through diet and exercise alone. Body lift surgery allows for the excess skin to be removed and your desired physique to be achieved.

Your Body Lift Procedure

Anesthesia and Incisions

General anesthesia is administered at our Birmingham, Alabama surgery center, then a circumferential incision is made extending around the midsection. The length of your incisions will be based on the amount of skin and fat being removed.

Fat and Skin Removal

Excess skin and fat below the incision are neatly removed. Tissues are then repositioned and tightened using sutures for a firm, defined appearance.

Additional Procedures

If the abdominal region lacks firmness and contouring is desired, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be performed in conjunction with a body lift. An inner thigh lift can also be included in your procedure to address concerns with the thighs. Your procedure may also include liposuction using the tumescent method (a sterile solution is injected into the targeted locations to constrict the blood vessels and minimize blood loss and swelling), or the power-assisted approach, which a device that moves a cannula quickly through the fat, allowing for reduced trauma to the surrounding tissues and an easier recovery.

Closing Incisions

The remaining skin is lifted and tightened and the incisions are closed using sutures that will help support your new contours. The entire process can last between four and six hours, depending on the patient’s goals, preferences, body type, and desired results.

Before & After

Concerns

Recovery

An overnight hospital stay is typically recommended. Postoperative care instructions are provided to guide you through your recovery process and should be followed carefully. Surgical dressings will be applied to reduce bruising and swelling and support your new contours. Drainage tubes are often applied to prevent the accumulation of blood and other bodily fluids. Your recovery time will vary depending on the extent of your procedure but typically takes about two weeks. You should make sure to get plenty of rest but begin walking again as soon as possible to maintain blood circulation and minimize the risk of blood clots. Patients should avoid strenuous activities until cleared to resume them, which is usually after four weeks.

Scars

Scarring associated with your incisions is permanent but strategically placed to minimize visibility. The incisions are made low on the stomach, directly above the pubic region, extending toward the hips. They then curve to the top of the butt. Clothing conceals the scars, and sun exposure should be avoided or limited to prevent sunburn and extensive visible scars.

Cost

Pricing will vary depending on the techniques utilized and the extent of correction necessary. Additional fees may include anesthesia, surgical facility, hospitalization, tests, medications, and other contributing factors.

Pain

Pain is usually moderate and can be alleviated with prescription medications. Following your postoperative care instructions and getting plenty of rest will ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

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 good candidate for a body lift?

    If you have a large amount of loose skin after pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or other related concerns, then a body lift may benefit you. An evaluation and discussion with Dr. Oliver located in Birmingham, Alabama will help to determine which procedure is right for you.

  • How can I prepare for my surgery?

    Patients may be asked to obtain a lab test, undergo a medical evaluation, adjust any medications or supplements, and eliminate tobacco use. These will all be discussed in further detail during your consultation.

  • What is the expected outcome of a body lift?

    Body lift surgery is designed to produce a more defined silhouette by lifting and tightening the skin and tissues of the lower body.

  • How long do the results last?

    Your body lift 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 will help prolong your results.

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