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After losing lots of weight like 30-40 pounds, you are left with lots of sagging skin on your body. No amount of exercise and diet will help restore the shape and tone of the body. In such a situation however, you could consider undergoing a body lift in Houston to help tone and shape your body.

A body lift is generally a combination of two cosmetic procedures. The lower lift or belt lipectomy that involves firming of tummy, buttocks, thighs and back and the upper lift which helps tone up the breasts, and middle back and chest regions.

While a body lift helps achieve a firmer and more youthful look with a well contoured body, you have to realize that lifts are not meant for the removal of excess fat. It is only through liposuction that excess fat deposits are removed.

As the skin has good elasticity, it helps your body to naturally conform to body contouring Houston. In case of poor skin elasticity, your doctor may advise a combination of liposuction and a lift.

The procedure

First of all, you will be given anesthesia in the form of intravenous sedation and general anesthesia by your doctor. An incision is made, where its length and pattern depends on the amount and the location of the excess fat that has to be removed.

In case of a complete lower lift, a circumferential incision helps remove excess fat and skin to reposition and tighten tissues. An upper body lift starts with an incision at the bra-line to eliminate back fat rolls and narrow your waist. Even the additional skin found under breasts and over the lower rib cage is removed.

Once the excess skin is removed, the surgeon uses deep support sutures in underlying tissues to close the incisions and help your body conform to new body contours. Even skin adhesives and tapes may be used to close the skin incisions.

Recovery period

As a body lift is a major surgical procedure, it has a long recovery time. You will have to stay in the hospital for about three nights. Intravenous or intramuscular medication will help cure pain and discomfort after the surgery while you will have to follow a specific dietary plan. Your Houston plastic surgeon may also insert drainage tubes that will require some personal home care for about a fortnight. Once the drainage output of fluids is reduced, the tubes can be safely removed.

Results of a lift are immediately visible; however you will have to wait for a year or two for the complete development of its procedures. Though few scars will remain, remember that it is worth it considering the long lasting results a body lift gives your body.

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