After major weight loss, the appearance of skin folds and excess fatty tissue can remain behind even after reaching your target weight. This concern is often made worse by the effects of gravity and the natural aging process. A body lift restores slimmer contours through the tummy, thighs and bottom to accentuate your weight loss or give your lower body a more youthful look.
Dr. Ricardo A. Meade is a board certified plastic surgeon and body lift specialist serving the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area, with offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. In addition to body lift surgery, Dr. Meade offers a full range of body contouring procedures, and has helped thousands of men and women feel more confident about their appearance.
A body lift actually includes a combination of different body contouring surgeries, such as:
When combined, these surgeries can help improve the physical impact of age, childbirth, weight fluctuations and gravity itself by removing excess fatty deposits and skin while tightening inner musculature for a smoother, more toned profile.
Please contact us online or call 214-823-1691 for more information on body lift surgery at our Dallas or Plano plastic surgery offices. We encourage you to view body lift photos in our real patient before and after photo gallery to get a better sense of what this procedure can achieve.
Getting the best results from your body lift requires a consultation with Dr. Meade to discuss your personal health history as well as any lifestyle factors that may impact your results. During this time, Dr. Meade will talk about your options and perform a physical evaluation to ensure that you’re a good body lift candidate. You’ll be given detailed information about how a body lift may impact your health moving forward and what types of results are realistically possible.
You will receive a detailed cost estimate for your body lift with detailed price information, including information about health insurance coverage. Typically, health insurance views body contouring surgery as cosmetic in nature, although some providers may cover portions of some procedures. Our staff will go over the specifics with you and help you with any necessary paperwork.
In the weeks leading up to your body lift, Dr. Meade may request specific lab tests or medical evaluations. Making adjustments to current medications, including vitamins or supplements, may be necessary as well. Additionally, Dr. Meade will explain why it’s important to avoid the consumption of alcohol and drugs and abstain from smoking during a certain length of time before and after your surgery.
The specific surgical approach Dr. Meade takes during your body lift will depend on a number of individual factors, including your particular proportions and areas of concern. Incisions for body lift surgeries depend largely on your anatomy, the level of correction desired and your personal cosmetic goals.
Most patients require a circumferential incision around the abdominal belt area in order to remove excess fat and skin from the midsection in a process that is similar to a tummy tuck but more comprehensive. Additional incisions will be made around the thigh and buttocks if incorporating a thigh lift or butt lift. Through these access points, Dr. Meade can remove fatty tissues and excise sagging skin after repairing lax muscles. In some cases, he may include liposuction to further refine your contours.
Recovery after a body lift is different for every patient, but you can generally expect a week or two of downtime. Typically, our patients are comfortable enough during recovery that they don’t even finish a prescription of 40 pain pills. Always follow Dr. Meade’s post-surgical instructions to the letter, including his advice about changing surgical dressings and limiting physical activity for the prescribed period after your surgery.
You should notice an immediate improvement throughout your lower body, particularly as swelling subsides. Skin will look tighter and smoother, without visible folds or droopiness, and you can expect your results to last many years as long as you continue enjoying your existing healthy lifestyle.