A body lift procedure is similar to body contouring in that it removes excess skin and unsightly fat from the body. After significant weight loss from pregnancy, bariatric surgery (such as a Gastric Bypass or Lap Band), dieting, and/or aging, stretched out skin can hang from the body giving a disproportionate body appearance.
It often appears as though the skin covering the body is too large for the new leaner frame. Also, unflattering fat deposits may remain despite weight loss in other parts of the body. Dr. Markarian performs body lifts for individuals who possess these adverse effects of substantial weight loss.
Candidates for body lifts typically have loose (inelastic) skin on many or most areas of the body as a result of significant weight loss due to diet, exercise or more commonly, bariatric surgery. The abdomen, buttocks, and thighs are the most common areas treated, but many also choose to undergo an arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, and liposuction (liposculpture) to achieve a body shape specific to their desires. Many times, for the safety and comfort of his patients, Dr. Markarian performs the numerous procedures in separate stages.
Body lifts tighten and tone the abdomen, back, buttocks, hips, and thighs. In addition, an “auto-augmentation” of the buttock fat can be used to add fullness to a buttock region that has become deflated over time. Dr. Markarian utilizes a thorough understanding of each individual’s unique features and desired results to provide individualized treatment through his surgical technique. Dr. Markarian always seeks to provide natural results for his patients with minimized post-operation downtime and ultimate patient safety.
The goals of a body lift are to reshape the hips, abdomen, back, buttocks, flanks, and thighs in one procedure, to alleviate the emotional discomfort and rashes associated with excess skin, and to create a tighter, flattering and toned-looking physique.
Personalize Your Procedure
Dr Markarian will personalize your procedure – trusted by his patients for his advanced surgical training and sense of aesthetic balance, Dr. Markarian understands the questions and concerns of post-bariatric plastic surgery patients. He will carefully and thoroughly evaluate your shape, health history, and your body enhancement desires before he makes a recommendation to meet your goals. In most cases, a body lift focuses mainly on creating a tighter body shape by removing loose excess skin, but the reality is that most patients require a more tailored approach that will include aspects of one or multiple procedures. The basic approaches to a body lift include:
- Body Lift with Liposuction: Loose skin is an unwelcome reminder of past weight problems and for many patients, isolated areas of diet-resistant fat only add to the
For smoother, firmer results, Dr. Markarian may recommend that you also receive liposuction (liposculpture) to remove fat from problem spots such as the hips, flanks, pubic area, or abdomen.
- Body Lift with Tummy Tuck: Combining these two procedures is one of the most common post-weight loss plastic surgery procedures patients receive. Also referred to as “circumferential abdominoplasty”, this procedure creates extensive improvements to the entire lower body in one procedure. By extending the abdominal incision around the body, Dr. Markarian can smooth the hips, flanks, buttocks, and upper thighs at the same time as he re-tightens loose abdominal muscles.
- Body Lift with Breast Surgery: As a plastic surgeon well-versed in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery techniques, Dr. Markarian is qualified in combining
body lift with Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, or both.
Having Body Lift Surgery
Body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia which means you will be asleep and feel nothing during surgery. Expect an overnight stay at a fully accredited surgical center, where a “private duty” nurse is available. The surgery itself generally takes several hours depending on the number of areas focused on during surgery. The procedure time will depend on the extent and nature of the treatment area.
Body Lift Patient Results
6 month postop photos are shown following a circumferential body lift. This consists of a combined tummy tuck and back lift. Please note the skin laxity improvement of not just the abdomen and back, but also those of the lateral thighs. All incisions are maintained below the underwear line and a natural “innie” belly button is created without visible incisions on the external skin.