Rapid and/or significant weight loss can often result in loose, sagging, or drooping skin that does not respond to diet or exercise. Poor elasticity prevents this excess tissue, fat, muscle, and skin from contracting properly as you lose the weight, leaving you with an uneven body shape. A circumferential body lift removes this extra skin, fat, and tissue and reshapes multiple areas of the body to create a more aesthetically-appealing silhouette.
The circumferential body lift is a 4-6 hour surgery that takes place in a fully credentialed, requires general anesthesia and an overnight stay. During this procedure, excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed through a circumferential incision around the abdomen, and the remaining tissue is tightened and repositioned. Deep sutures in this underlying tissue create the new contour, and liposuction may be used in conjunction to achieve optimal results.
Recovery from a circumferential body lift can be extensive. Drainage tubes inserted during surgery will be removed 7-10 days post-procedure, and your abdomen may be sore, swollen, and/or bruised for several weeks. You will be given detailed instructions restricting movement to avoid rupturing internal sutures and minimize your risk for blood clots or other complications. Though most patients resume normal activities in about 2 weeks, it may be 6-8 weeks before you may return to vigorous exercise routines.
Your body will take several months to fully heal. With careful adherence to recovery instructions, you will quickly begin to see results that boost your confidence and your self-image.
Experiencing dramatic changes in your body, especially after substantial weight loss from diets or bariatric surgery, can be difficult and emotional. Dr. Tim R. Love, a board-certified expert in plastic surgery, understands this. He offers a compassionate, confidential approach to cosmetic surgery ensures every patient receives the dedicated and individualized care they deserve. He is one of the top-rated plastic surgeons in the country and has spent more than 30 years working with patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss.
If you think a circumferential body lift may be right for you, Dr. Love will conduct a thorough initial consultation with you to determine if you are a good candidate. While he is committed to helping you meet your aesthetic goals, your health and safety is his top priority. He will review your medical history, including your weight history; establish realistic expectations; and explain the full process, from surgery to recovery.
Contact us today for your consultation.
Using only the latest in cutting-edge technology and techniques, Dr. Love delivers natural-looking results that will change the way you look and feel. Call our office today at 405.751.LOVE (5683) to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a good candidate for the circumferential body lift.