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Successful weight loss is often a moment of triumph, especially when finally achieving your target body type. In some instances, these results are an end unto themselves, allowing people to begin a new and improved chapter of their lives. When a particularly large amount of fat is lost, however, some people may find that their skin is left loose and does not conform to the underlying fat and muscle. As a result, the body still has extra folds and pockets that do not accurately reveal its new form.
If you have a significant amount of loose skin and tissue around your mid-section, a body contouring procedure may be able to help you. With a body lift, you can help your skin more accurately conform to the curves you worked to achieve. Use the information below to see whether you might be a good candidate for a body lift at our Fairfield office.
First, patients should understand that a body lift, like any body contouring procedure, is not a method of weight loss. In fact, most patients seeking a lift have already lost a significant amount of weight, whether through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery. Due to the areas where fat is typically lost, such patients are generally left with sagging skin around the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Therefore, a body lift is able to remove excess skin from these areas and tighten remaining skin to produce smoother curves that better complement one’s body.
If you have loose flaps of skin that are getting in the way of your new figure, a body lift may be able to help. However, good candidates for surgery must also meet the following criteria in order to ensure a safe, successful procedure:
As long as patients are in good general health, they can most likely have a body lift with minimal risk. Still, it is always a good idea to discuss your medical history at length with your plastic surgeon, in order to avoid any potential risk factors.
Examples of possible risk factors include heart disease, high blood pressure, a history of bleeding complications, uncontrolled diabetes, and any condition that may inhibit your ability to properly heal after surgery. As with any surgical procedure, smokers will also be asked to abstain from tobacco use for a period of time preceding and following treatment.
Because a body lift involves the abdominal area, any past abdominal surgeries, such as gall bladder or laparoscopic surgery, may affect your candidacy. For a more detailed list of contraindications and to better determine your candidacy for treatment, meet with Dr. Passaretti.
You can gain a clear understanding of what to expect from a body lift, or any of our body contouring procedures, by scheduling an initial consultation at our office. Contact us to set up an appointment or to inquire further about our services offered.