Losing a large amount of weight is an amazing accomplishment that brings with it a long list of health and lifestyle benefits. Unfortunately, the excess skin and tissue can sometimes leave a person feeling less-than-confident about his or her new body. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini has seen how a body lift can help give her patients their bodies back after losing a large amount of weight – providing them with the toned and well-shaped contours they deserve.
What is a body lift?
After massive weight loss, the body is unfortunately often left with large amounts of excess skin and tissue. These areas of loose skin can droop or hang off the body around the abdomen, buttocks, back, and thighs. Once skin reaches this point of laxity (or a loss of elasticity) it becomes impossible to reshape and firm the body’s contours with just diet and exercise alone.
A body lift helps by addressing the excess skin and tissue to create a slimmer, natural-looking figure to complement your weight loss results. Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will methodically make a series of incisions that will target your specific problem areas. From there, she can reshape the underlying tissue and repair any damaged or stretched muscles in order to create a stronger, firmer foundation. The excess skin is then removed and incisions are closed to create a flatter, smoother contour.
Am I a good candidate for body lift surgery?
Body lift surgery is a great and sometimes needed option for women and men who are struggling with large amounts of loose skin and tissue after massive weight loss – whether by diet and exercise or bariatric surgery.
A body lift can reduce loose skin and tissue throughout the body, including the:
- Upper thighs
Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends that you are at a stable weight before considering a body lift, and that you are currently living a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction can be performed in combination with a body lift to address stubborn areas of fat, but the primary goal of body lift surgery is to recontour the body by reducing excess skin and tissue left after massive weight loss.
What to expect during your body lift recovery
In most cases, given the extent of this surgery, a body lift will require a longer recovery period. Your specific procedure will be completely personalized based on your personal condition and health and healing times will vary based on your unique case.
During a body lift, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini skillfully addresses the multiple problem areas of loose skin while making as few incisions as possible. This helps to reduce the overall recovery time and will minimize post-surgical scarring.
Following your surgery, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will wrap the surgical site in gauze and a compression garment to help with proper healing of the skin and tissue. She will provide you with detailed care instructions at this time and will also provide you with her personal cell number in case any questions or concerns arise as you recover.
The total amount of recovery time will vary based on a number of factors. If your surgery with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is performed as a staged approach (with individual surgeries performed separately as opposed to at once) recovery will be about 1-2 weeks following each stage. A complete body lift will require a longer recovery period after the surgery, but may be an appropriate option for certain patients.
Ready for your body lift consultation?
If you are considering a body lift to help fight loose skin and tissue after massive weight loss, we would love to discuss your options and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at 646.559.2854 to schedule a private body lift consultation with board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini. New Look New Life is located in the Bay Harbor Islands in beautiful Miami-Dade County, Florida.