In many cases, patients who have lost significant weight are left with loose skin and residual fat deposits on many areas of the body besides the abdomen, including the buttocks, thighs, and chest. Even an extended tummy tuck is not enough by itself to meet the needs of these patients. For patients who do need a more comprehensive solution, Dr. O’Toole performs an integrated body lift procedure in conjunction with the extended tummy tuck. This procedure simultaneously treats lax skin on the entire body, thus minimizing total surgical recovery time and producing better results than a series of individual surgeries would.
Body Lifts at Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery
Los Angeles & Pasadena, Covina California
Am I a Candidate for a Body Lift?
A body lift is one of the most common procedures performed as part of post-bariatric plastic surgery. It is an effective procedure for patients with a great deal of loose, hanging skin in their abdominal region and their legs. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have stabilized near their ideal weight.
It is important to understand that a body lift is not intended to remove large fat deposits, and it is not a substitute for weight loss. It is important to lose excess weight before undergoing the procedure. If you are considering having children in the future, you may want to wait to have the procedure until you are done with childbirth since future pregnancies may adversely impact your results.
Your Body Lift Procedure
A body lift is essentially a 360 degree tummy tuck. It is the most extensive tummy tuck procedure available. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes anywhere from four to six hours to complete.
Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole will make an incision around the circumference of your body, just above the outer thighs and buttocks. Excess skin is then removed and the underlying tissue is reshaped and sutured in place.
Dr. O’Toole will then make a horizontal incision around the pubic region and another incision around the belly button. He will tighten the stomach muscles and remove any excess skin and tissue from this region. Excess fat may be removed with liposuction. Dr. O’Toole will then reposition the remaining skin in the region.
In many cases, Dr. O’Toole will perform a buttock lift and an outer thigh lift in addition to your body lift at a later date for enhanced results.
Recovery after a Body Lift
Recovery after a body lift can take a considerable amount of time. It may take as long as two to three weeks before you can resume light activity, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least four to six weeks.
Dr. O’Toole will monitor your recovery very closely to ensure that it goes smoothly. It is important to follow his instructions carefully to facilitate the healing process.
Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Dr. Martin O’Toole serves patients in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Covina, and Hollywood, California.