The body lift surgical procedure that is completed in New York, NY, by Dr. Roland treats several areas on the body in one combined surgical treatment. The body lift surgery is technically known as belt lipectomy or circumferential torsoplasty. This procedure is designed to remove a significant amount of excess skin and fat from the torso. It is used to improve sagging, loose skin and uneven contours that men and women can experience on their abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. The body lift procedure is beneficial to individuals who have been unsuccessful in losing a significant amount of weight. It can also help those with loose and inelastic skin on large areas of their body due to age, childbirth, or extreme weight loss (as experienced after bariatric surgery).
The Body Lift Procedure
This procedure is an extensive cosmetic procedure that essentially combines the techniques of abdominoplasty with liposuction and a thigh and butt lift. Plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Roland performs body lift surgery at several reputable hospitals and surgicenters in the New York City area. The body lift surgical procedure provides a total transformation of the waist, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Both men and women benefit from different aspects of the body lift procedure.
Circumferential beautification is achieved as saggy and excess skin is removed, the stomach muscles are tightened, and the body is contoured. Dr. Roland uses a technique that minimizes scarring and provides the best results possible. Body lift procedures can be completed on post-bariatric patients and individuals who have not experienced weight loss. It can be used to remove fat from around the stomach and thighs. Pregnancy, aging and significant weight loss can leave hanging skin, fat deposits and abdominal muscle separation that can be successfully treated with the body lift procedure.
Body Lift Results
You can expect to experience outstanding results that trim excess fat, tighten loose skin and contour areas on your body that have resisted previous weight loss and exercise efforts.
The body lift procedure is completed with general anesthesia and may take between three to seven hours. The length of the surgery will depend on the combination of treatments that are being completed in your body lift procedure. In most cases, the procedure is performed in two separate surgeries that are typically spaced four months apart. The first operation commonly addresses the removal of excess frontal tissue, and the secondary operation addresses the patient’s back area after the recovery period from the first operation is complete.
The body lift recovery commonly takes four to six weeks. Surgical drains that are usually inserted at the incision sites may remain in position for several days or weeks depending on Dr. Roland’s instructions. Compression garments are worn for several weeks, and they help in the healing process and also reduce excess swelling. Body lift results are immediately experienced, and visible changes are evident within days.
Good Candidates for the Body Lift
The best body lift candidates are in good physical condition and are experiencing significant loose, inelastic skin on their torso and other areas of the body. This procedure is beneficial for individuals after childbirth or extreme weight loss such as is experienced after bariatric surgery.
It is important to listen to all pre-op instructions and to openly discuss all of your surgical expectations and concerns with Dr. Roland during your preliminary consultation. Open communication is important when considering any cosmetic surgical treatments.
Preparing For the Initial Body Lift Consultation
Your body lift consultation is the perfect setting to dialogue openly with plastic surgeon Dr. Roland. This is an extensive procedure that is performed in only specific clinical conditions. Dr. Roland will ensure that you meet all of the qualifications necessary before proceeding with the body lift procedure.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Roland will discuss your desires and goals. He will create a tailored body lift plan to improve the appearance of your abdomen, hips, flanks, buttocks and lower back. He will listen carefully to your goals and expectations and will ask you to clarify any particular expectations that you have. Your medical and surgical history will be reviewed and a physical examination will be completed. Dr. Roland will advise you on which body lift surgery techniques are recommended based on your specific requests and desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can the Body Lift Do for Me?
Before and after photos can help you to understand the possible outcomes that you can experience with the body lift surgery. The surgery will remove excess, loose and sagging skin and fat from much of your torso. This surgery can cosmetically address your waist, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs. The body lift will use belt lipectomy or circumferential torsoplasty surgical techniques to achieve the results that you are looking to accomplish and that dieting and exercise alone have not accomplished. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your abdomen, outer thighs and buttocks, this treatment will benefit you.
The body lift can help you to meet your aesthetic goals and to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. It is important for you to have realistic expectations and to discuss the projected surgical outcome with Dr. Roland in your initial consultation. Continuing to eat a healthy diet and to regularly exercise after the treatment will help you to maintain the results of the surgery.
How is the Body Lift Performed?
On the morning of the surgery, Dr. Roland will mark the location of the incision lines as you stand in front of the mirror. General anesthesia is typically used during a body lift procedure. You will awaken in the recovery room and will need a loved one on hand to assist you during the first 24 to 36 hours.
The body lift procedure combines the techniques of these procedures:
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Thigh lift
- Buttock lift
The body lift procedure is usually performed in two separate procedures that are spaced several months apart. The two surgeries may take three to seven hours under general anesthesia. Excess skin will be removed from your abdomen, buttocks, thighs and other specified areas while excess fat is removed using liposuction techniques. Your unique procedure plan will be designed by Dr. Roland to match your desired outcome.
What Should I Expect During the Body Lift Recovery?
After your body lift surgery, drains may be inserted at the incision sites. These drains are used to relieve the buildup of excess fluid, and Dr. Roland will remove each drain within days or up to several weeks after the surgery. Special compression garments must be worn on the areas being treated for several weeks following the surgery as the body adjusts to its new, streamlined and slimmer contours. Swelling and bruising are to be expected, but results will still be seen immediately after your surgery.
Your body lift procedure will be designed to match your needs, and the aftercare instructions and all restrictions will be shared with you by Dr. Roland. He will advise you on when you can resume work and activities, and he will closely monitor your recovery with follow-up visits to his New York office. The recovery can be somewhat extensive because the surgeries are extensive. Recover for each of the two surgeries may typically last four to six week.
Day one through seven, bed rest is recommended. Compression garments will be worn continuously for the first five days and showering is typically restricted until day five or when drains are removed. You can return to work in 3 to 4 weeks, and driving is typically restricted for the first four weeks. Within 16 weeks you’ll be able to return to your normal activities.
What are Body Lift Scars Like?
Scars are a common concern with all plastic surgery treatments, and the body lift combines several treatments to help you to achieve a slim and contoured shape. Dr. Roland makes every effort to place each incision and resultant scar as inconspicuously as possible. Scars are, however, necessary. Before and after photos will be shared at your consultation with Dr. Roland. This will allow you to visualize realistic expectations.
Scars are strategically placed in the body’s natural folds or in areas that clothing covers. The length of each incision will vary depending on the amount of skin or fat being removed and on the area being treated. Dr. Roland will share specific plans pertaining to your treatments with you, and this will allow you to consider the benefits of removing fat and excess skin when compared to the scar that will remain. Many men and women consider potential scarring to be minimal when compared to the overall benefits that they will achieve from the body lift surgery.
How Long Will the Body Lift Results Last?
Your results will last longer with a proper diet and exercise program. The results are permanent and long-lasting, but weight gain and aging can still affect the treated areas. Caring for your body after the treatment will provide you with optimum body procedure results.
What are the Risks of a Body Lift Cosmetic Surgery?
Postoperative complications are rare following the surgery. Possible risks include bleeding, seromas, infection and poor healing. Dr. Roland will review your health history with you, and he will give you instructions for aftercare that can reduce the risks associated with the body lift treatment.
Dr. Roland will review all of your cosmetic options with you and will create a body lift treatment opportunity that will assist you in accomplishing your desired cosmetic outcome. Call (212) 744-9400 today to request a body lift consultation with board-certified plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Roland in New York, NY.