As a leading Maryland body lift surgeon, Dr. Summers has helped numerous patients enhance the contours of the lower body. He often recommends and performs body lift for formerly obese individuals who have lost a massive amount of weight through bariatric surgery. By undergoing body lift in Maryland, these patients can reduce the appearance of excess skin and obtain slim, beautifully defined body contours. Please peruse the paragraphs below to learn more about this procedure.
A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure to raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours. During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus providing a more youthful appearance. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift.
Body Lift Procedure Goals
- Reshape mid-body contour.
- Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
- Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.
The Body Lift Procedure
The precise procedure varies with each body lift Maryland patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. In more extensive surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back. Adjustments to the buttocks and thighs require an incision at the crease of the buttocks. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled tight and sutured into the new configuration. The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Body Lift Recovery
Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are carefully placed to minimize visibility. Maryland body lift patients sometimes report discomfort associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are provided prior to the surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures in Maryland
As a highly skilled Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Summers offers an extensive array of highly effective body contouring procedures. Over the years, he has helped numerous Maryland breast augmentation, arm lift and thigh lift patients realize their aesthetic desires. In addition, he is renowned as a talented Maryland tummy tuck and liposuction surgeon. If you would like to learn more about these procedures, please visit the respective pages.