Body Reconstruction or Body Lift

Once you’ve reached your goal, you might find that your new healthier, thinner body needs some additional fine-tuning. That’s because a large amount of excess skin that has been stretched around the abdomen, arms, legs, breasts and face may have lost its elasticity. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back to its former size and shape. Dr. Stiller of Linea Cosmetic Surgery offers body contouring procedures designed specifically for patients who have achieved significant weight loss or excess skin due to pregnancy. Procedures that remove skin or fat, tighten and lift can be used as a complement to help your clothes fit better and allow you to participate more comfortably in your favorite activities.

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A Body Lift is a procedure which removes the excess skin and fat from the abdomen, outer thighs and buttocks.  It is a tummy tuck all around the body.  Dr. Stiller helped develop a new innovative Lipo-Body Lift procedure which can be performed as an outpatient without the use of drains. During this procedure, not only will the skin be tightened, but Liposuction will also reduce the fat in these problem areas.  The muscles of the abdomen can be tightened as with an Abdominoplasty.  Both men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight or find changes in their torso with aging seek this procedure.
The best candidate for a Body Lift is a healthy, physically fit individual who has excess skin and fat in the midsection that doesn’t respond to exercise.  Most commonly, men and women who have had massive weight loss find the skin doesn’t have the elasticity to respond to the loss of weight.  A Body Lift is not a substitute for weight loss; it is designed for re-contouring the torso making the abdomen flatter, and lifting the buttock and outer thighs.  Think carefully about your expectations and desires and discuss them with Dr. Stiller.  A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to your results.  Your consultation is a time for you to communicate your expectations to Dr. Stiller and to work together to choose the best procedure for you.
This is the time for you to become comfortable with Dr. Stiller and the staff at Linea.  You should express your desires and expectations for the surgical procedure.  Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical technique.  Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure and will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.
All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.  Listed below are some of the potential risks/complications:

  • Bleeding-As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require some drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.
  • Infection-Infection is relativley uncommon. Antibiotics will be given to you during the surgery and will usually be taken after the surgery.
  • Scars- There will be a scar around your midsection.
  • Asymmetry-There may be asymmetry in some areas.
  • Pigmentation change of skin
  • Irregular contours
  • Wound separation-Would edgs can occasionally pull apart. Your body will heal it, but it may prolong the healing time.
  • Skin necrosis
  • Numbness or sensation changes of the skin
  • Some patients will require additional surgery
During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Linea staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery.  You should wear a button down or zipper front shirt and sneakers.  Do not wear sandals or slippers.  You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery.  Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends.  You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia.  For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time.  You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
A Body Lift can be performed with sedation or general anesthesia.
After the Body Lift you will be placed in a compression garment.  You will need to wear this for two weeks all the time followed by two weeks during activity.  You will likely feel tired and sore a few days following the Body Lift, but we want you walking immediately after the surgery.  Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications.
Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a week or two.  Resumption of exercise and normal activity will be directed by Dr. Stiller during your follow-up evaluations.
The decision for a Body Lift is a very personal choice.  The most important thing is how you feel.  If your goals have been met, then your Body Lift was a success.  However, it is very important to continue follow-ups as recommended by Dr. Stiller.

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Body Reconstruction (Body Lift)