Lower Body Lift Atlanta
You’ve Loss the Weight, Now It’s Time to Lose the Excess Skin
So, you’ve lost lots of weight, but what remains is a large amount of flabby, unsightly skin. This problem is not unusual, and it is especially pronounced for post-bariatric or stomach band surgery patients. When an individual loses a large amount of weight, the skin and underlying muscles – which had been stretched for a long period – remain even after the fat is gone. The result? Areas of sagging skin and tissue, which can cause not only embarrassment, but also clothes to fit uncomfortably.
The reality is that excess, flabby skin does not respond to exercise and dieting. Because your skin has lost its elasticity, this excess skin will simply not tighten up with traditional weight-loss methods, regardless of your diet or exercise regimen. There is a solution, however, and that solution is lower body lift surgery at our Greater Atlanta plastic surgery center.
The lower body lift is also known as a belt lipectomy, because, during the procedure, a horizontal belt of excess skin will typically be removed to address sagging skin throughout the body. Once the excess skin is gone, we can also repair any loosened muscles while also removing leftover fat with liposuction. To give your body the sculpted appearance you desire, your lower body lift surgery may also involve a combination of procedures, including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift – depending upon your needs.
What to Expect with Your Lower Body Lift
Our lower body lift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Most lower body lift surgeries are completed in four to six hours, depending on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
The procedure involves making incisions around the entire circumference of the body. The position of the incisions varies from person to person, but is usually hip to hip, front and back. After the excess skin between the incisions is removed, the incisions are pulled together and closed.
Following your lower body lift, you will be bandaged and dressed in compression garments to restrict incision movement and enable better healing. These compression garments also provide additional support and decrease both swelling and discomfort. You will be in pain, so you will likely need to take prescription pain medication to manage that discomfort. You may also be prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics.
After your lower body lift surgery, you are encouraged to walk, but exercise and strenuous activity are not allowed. This enables the sutures to heal before being placed under the strain of daily activity. You will not be able to lift anything heavy or exercise for several weeks.
Scheduling a Lower Body Lift Consultation in Atlanta or Alpharetta
To schedule a complimentary and confidential lower body lift consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in our Atlanta or Alpharetta office, call 770.475.3146 or complete and submit the consultation request form.