After the body has undergone dramatic and rapid weight loss, it is often unable to re-conform or adjust to its new, smaller proportions and loose skin accumulates in all areas where layers of fat previously existed. Exercise and topical treatments cannot meet the aesthetic and emotional challenges caused by sagging skin, but body lift surgery is ideally suited for patients with this profile.
A body lift, also called a belt lipectomy, is a combination of surgical procedures to remove excess skin. A lower body lift is a butt lift, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. An upper body lift can vary but often includes an arm lift and removal of excess skin on the back and chest.
A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed improving a dimpled irregular skin surface. A body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to his/her desired weight as possible and has maintained a stable weight for at least six months. If both an upper and lower body lift is needed, several surgeries will be scheduled months apart to allow adequate healing time.