Body Lifts

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift can improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed and dimpled, uneven skin can be improved. Areas that respond well to body lifts include:

  • Abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
  • Buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
  • Groin that may sag into the inner thigh
  • Thigh, including the inner, outer or posterior thigh, or circumferentially

You should know that body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction can achieve fat removal where skin has good elasticity. In some cases liposuction is used in conjunction with a body lift to obtain your desired look. If weight loss is your plan right now visit The Bariatric Center of KC.

Butt & Thigh Lift

This surgery reshapes the thighs, both inner and outer, by reducing excess skin and sometimes fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. At your thigh lift consult you will discuss with your doctor the factors that may affect your results such as gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, size and shape of your thighs, and the quality of your skin.  As part of the thigh lift consult your thighs will be evaluated, measured, and photographed for your medical records. Options and a recommended course of treatment along with the outcome and risks will also be discussed. Your personal desires are key in the decision making process.

Arm Lift

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm along the under portion from the underarm to the elbow. Fluctuations in weight, aging, or heredity can cause your upper arm to sag and droop. While exercise may strengthen and improve muscle tone, it cannot address excess skin that is no longer elastic or contains localized fat pockets. An arm lift can address these problems:

  • Reduce excess sagging skin that droops down
  • Tighten and smooth underlying tissue that defines shape
  • Reduce localized fat pockets in upper arm

At your arm lift consult you will discuss with your doctor the factors that may affect your results such as gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, size and shape of your arms, and the quality of your skin.

Why would I get a body lift?

Sometimes fitness and weight loss efforts can only take you so far to your ideal figure. If you want a body that is firmer and more proportionate a thigh lift may be right for you.

This surgery reshapes the thighs, both inner and outer, by reducing excess skin and sometimes fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. You should know that thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction can achieve fat removal where skin has good elasticity. In some cases liposuction is used in conjunction with a thigh lift to obtain your desired look.

How is a thigh and butt lift surgery performed?

Thigh lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under a general anesthetic and generally takes two hours to perform. Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas being treated, the amount of correction needed and patient and surgeon preference.

For a medial thigh lift, or inner thigh lift, incisions may be placed in the groin area, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue will be reshaped and tightened and skin will be reduced and redraped giving the inner thigh a smoother and more proportionate appearance.

A lateral thigh lift, or outer thigh lift, is achieved by making an incision that extends from the groin around the hip. Tissue will be tightened for a smoother, more toned lower body. Incisions are usually placed strategically so as to be hidden by clothing and bathing suits, however they may be extensive.

Deep support sutures in the underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours of the thighs while outer lying sutures are used to close the incisions.

How is the recovery process of a body lift procedure?

The early results of a butt and thigh lift recovery are almost immediately apparent, although there will be some swelling and bruising. You may be required to wear a compression garment for many weeks to help reduce swelling and help support the areas as they heal. In addition to a garment, you may have drains to help remove excess fluid or blood. Instructions for drains will be given post-operatively.

You should limit your activity for the first 24-48 hours and then gradually increase your activity the second or third day after surgery. Mild exercise such as walking and climbing stairs is encouraged; however, heavy lifting and intense aerobic activities should be curtailed for the first two to four weeks. The surgical sites require minimal care. Usually dissolving sutures are used; however, if removable sutures are used they will be removed in approximately one week. Your first post-operative visit is within five to seven days and your doctor will advise you on scar massaging and the usage of your garment.

In the late recovery of a butt and thigh lift your results are visible almost immediately, though it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting as long as you keep a steady weight and exercise regularly. As your body ages it is natural to lose some firmness, however, most of your improvements should be relatively permanent. You will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at designated intervals to evaluate your progress

 

How is an arm lift procedure done?

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under a general anesthetic and generally takes two hours to perform. Incision patterns vary based on the amount and location of excess skin and patient and surgeon preference.

Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and may extend from the underarm to the elbow. Liposuction will be used if fat is to be removed as well. Underlying tissue is tightened and reshaped after incisions are made and held in place with internal sutures. Finally the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arms.

What is the recovery precess of an arm lift like?

The results of an arm lift are almost immediately apparent, although there will be some swelling and bruising. You may have bandages or may be required to wear a compression garment for many weeks to help reduce swelling and help support the areas as they heal. In addition to a garment, you may have drains to help remove excess fluid or blood. Instructions for drains will be given post-operatively.

You should limit your activity for the first 24-48 hours and then gradually increase your activity the second or third day after surgery. Mild exercise such as walking and climbing stairs is encouraged; however, heavy lifting and intense aerobic activities should be curtailed for the first two to four weeks. The surgical sites require minimal care. Usually dissolving sutures are used; however, if removable sutures are used they will be removed in approximately one week. Your first post-operative visit is within five to seven days and your doctor will advise you on scar massaging and the usage of your garment.

Your results from arm lift surgery are visible almost immediately, though it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. Visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting as long as you keep a steady weight and exercise regularly. As your body ages it is natural to lose some firmness, however, most of your improvements should be relatively permanent. You will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at designated intervals to evaluate your progress.

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt