Full body Lift Surgery is a solution for anyone who’s lost weight and is left with excess skin on their face, breasts, back, trunk and thighs. Extremely obese individuals often experience a loss in skin elasticity due to the prolonged periods of stretching from the increased volume of weight.
Whether through surgery or improved nutrition and fitness habits, shedding a significant amount of weight results in pounds of loose skin. The only way to tighten the skin is through surgery, which unfortunately leads to scarring.
The severity of scarring depends on the amount of excess skin removed. For a full body lift, long scars will remain on the inner legs, underneath the arms, across the stomach, and across the hips.
Full Body Lift Surgery involves all of the following contouring procedures:
|Loose abdominal skin||Tummy Tuck|
|Loose arm skin||Arm Lift (brachioplasty)|
|Loose breast skin||Breast Lift (mastopexy)|
|Loose inner thigh skin||Inner thigh lift|
|Loose thigh and buttock skin||Outer thigh and buttock lift|
Surgical Body Lift Procedure
Dr. Schusterman evaluates the patient’s entire body to determine the extent of the incisions and duration of the surgery. General anesthesia is used for the operation, which can last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on the amount of excess skin removed. During the surgery, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is typically performed first, after which excess skin is removed from the legs, arms, and breast areas.
Patients should expect some degree of pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. Total recovery time depends on the extent of the surgery and patients may be hospitalized up to one week. Below is an average recovery schedule:
|Pain controlled with medication||5 to 10 days|
|Tubes and drains left in skin||1 to 2 weeks|
|Swelling subsides||2 to 6 weeks|
|Return to work||As early as 2 weeks; 4 to 6 weeks recommended|
|Resume exercise||6 to 8 weeks|
|Fully healed scars||6 months to 1 year|
Full Body Lift Results
The results achieved with a body lift remain sensitive to diet and exercise. Even after contouring, patients with previously loose skin will experience loosening and sagging much faster with age than their peers.
For further information regarding the removal of excess skin with full body lift surgery, call the Texas Center for Breast & Body office at 713-794-0368 or fill out our contact form.