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Post Bariatric Body Lift

There are a number of bariatric procedures, any of which generally result in massive weight loss. The excess hanging skin that is left often causes patients a number of aesthetic concerns, which can be addressed by post-bariatric contouring surgery. The surgeries fall into two categories:

  • A lower body lift, also called a belt lipectomy, involves the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and back
  • An upper body lift, which involves the breasts, chest, and middle back

These may be combined in a variety of ways to produce the optimal firmness and form for the individual patient.

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Who is a candidate for post-bariatric body lift surgery?

Bariatric procedures include gastric bypass, Lap-Band, sleeve gastrectomy and others. Patients who have had any of these surgeries and lost a massive amount of weight are good candidates for a body lift, provided they:

  • Are eating well, exercising regularly and have, overall, adopted a healthy lifestyle.
  • Maintained their optimal, post-surgical weight for at least three to six months following the procedure.

Other candidates may include anyone whose excess skin is sagging and/or stretched after a program of diet and exercise.

All prospective patients will meet with Dr. Beck in a one-on-one consultation to determine which procedures will best address their situation. and develop a treatment plan.

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How is post-bariatric body contouring performed?

Both the lower and upper body lifts generally involve a single incision, placed in the natural folds of the skin to minimize the visibility of any scarring. These incisions allow Dr. Beck to tighten and remove excess skin both above and below the incision line:

  • The incision for the lower body lift goes completely around the torso and tightens the fascia and muscle of the abdominal wall giving your body a toned, sculpted look.
  • The incision for the upper body lift is typically along the bra line; it may be accompanied by a breast lift procedure.

Both upper and lower body lifts are complex procedures. They can be performed all at one time or in a series of shorter surgeries to accommodate the health and schedule of an individual patient. Performed under general anesthesia, surgery can last from three to seven hours, depending upon the extent of the surgery.

Recuperation

After an overnight, in-hospital stay for monitoring, the initial recovery time is approximately one to two weeks. Both pain medication and compression garments can be used to minimize swelling, bruising and discomfort. Drainage tubes may also be in place and removed after two weeks. Light exercise can be resumed after two to three weeks and normal activity can be resumed in four to six weeks. Full recovery from body contouring typically takes two to three months – although the results are visible far sooner.

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Other Options

Upper and lower body lift procedures may be combined with virtually any other cosmetic surgery to help you achieve the whole-body look you desire. These may include breast augmentation, face lift, neck lift, arm lift and inner thigh lift.

Dr. Beck will be happy to answer your questions and explain all your options during your consultation.

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