Am I a candidate for a body lift?
If you have excess body skin, frequently due to significant weight loss or post gastric bypass surgery, you are a candidate for a body lift.
What results can I expect from a body lift?
What can I expect during the surgery?
Although the surgical sequence varies depending on the needs of each patient, Dr. Schantz will usually treat the belly first, by removing the excess skin from the belly button down to the pubic area. The abdominal wall muscle, which is deep to the skin, and fat of the belly, is then tightened. The fat and skin above the belly button is then stretched down to the pubic area and sutured in place. A new opening is made to allow the belly button to be brought through, in its original position.
The patient is then turned to the side and the excess skin and fat from the side to the mid back is removed. This part of the operation reduces and lifts the outer thighs. As the skin and fat are removed from the back, the back rolls are reduced and the buttocks are lifted. Each of these maneuvers is done to a different degree depending on the needs of the patient. Some patients require liposuction of the outer thighs. The same is performed on the other side of the body.