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Losing weight is a huge victory for your personal healthy and body confidence. However, sudden loss of weight can lead to sagging skin that disorients your body shape. Body lift surgery is a cosmetic treatment that aims to remove this excess skin and fat in order to create a more toned, slimmer profile. Age, pregnancy, sun damage, and weight fluctuations can all affect the skin’s elasticity, resulting in drooping stomach, buttocks, or thighs. Most patients who choose this procedure have several problem areas that need to be addressed, usually between the thighs and abdomen.
Scottsdale (AZ) cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs body lift plastic surgery to help patients achieve a tighter and smoother silhouette. Because it tightens and tones excess skin, a body lift is an ideal procedure for individuals who have a distorted or disproportionate body shape. Whether the problem areas are the thighs, tummy, breast, butt, or arms, Dr. LaBarbera employs the latest surgical techniques to safely achieve the best results.
Who should have a body lift?
If you are a man or woman who wishes to achieve a youthful-looking and naturally shaped body contour, then you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Body lifts are popular with individuals who have excess skin, usually because they lost significant weight due to exercise, diet, or surgery. Women who need to get rid of extra weight as a result of childbirth or the natural aging process may also be ideal candidates.
Your initial body lift consultation
Body contouring is a major surgical procedure that requires the skills of a highly experienced body lift surgeon. The first step is to visit Dr. Jude LaBarbera at his Scottsdale or Gilbert offices. During this initial visit, you’ll be able to discuss your goals, as well as understand the surgical options available for your needs. The surgeon will evaluate if you are an ideal candidate for a body lift, or whether there’s another procedure that would be better suited. Dr. LaBarbera will also seek to understand your medical history and answer any questions you may be having about the cost of the procedure, surgical process, and the recovery duration. Dr. LaBarbera is committed to working individually with each one of his patients so that he can achieve the desired results. After the initial visit, most patients find that they are more informed, comfortable, and ready to make a proper choice regarding whether or not to have a body lift.
Body contouring is often classified into two primary techniques: lower body lift or upper body lift. The surgeon will determine the type of procedure to offer based on the patient’s problem areas. The surgeon will decide on the most effective incision length and pattern depending on the location and amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
Lower body lift – a full lower body lift procedure will treat the abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips, and thighs. The surgeon will use a circumferential incision around the patient’s body to excise an apron of excess skin and fat. He’ll then reposition and tighten the tissues. In some cases, liposuction may need to be used in order to enhance the results of the contouring. A lower body lift typically entails three separate procedures – tummy tuck, thigh lift, and a buttock lift.
Upper body lift – When the patient has a lot of sagging skin on their arms and chest, the surgeon will perform an upper body lift. This procedure typically includes an arm lift, breast lift, and upper back lift. The arm lift surgery helps remove excess skin that tends to collect along the underarm, close to the armpits. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision on the underside of the arms, and tighten the skin for a more toned look. Many women choose to have a breast lift due to aging, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations. The surgeon will aim to remove excess breast tissue and reposition/lift the breast mound for a more youthful orientation. Lastly, an upper back lift, which is removal of the upper back skin folds some patients get after significant weight loss, can also be performed..
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During and after surgery
Body contouring is performed under general anesthesia. The duration of surgery and length of hospital stay all depend on the number of procedures that need to be combined to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Liposuction is often part of the procedure. Recovery from a body lift may be slow and challenging, but the benefits far outweigh the difficulties. Many patients can see dramatical improvements and have a significant boost of their self-confidence.
Plan your procedure
The average cost of a body lift varies greatly depending on the procedures that are performed and if an overnight stay is needed. Factors such as the length of hospital stay and the number of procedures that are being performed together will impact the cost. During your initial visit to Dr. LaBarbera’s office, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive outline of all the costs. Typically, insurance does not cover the cost of body lift or reshaping cosmetic surgery. Dr. Jude LaBarbera may perform body lift surgery in his ultra-modern operating room in Scottsdale or Gilbert, Arizona. He is supported by a team of highly skilled and licensed staff.
“Dr. LaBarbera is absolutely incredible.” – K.T.
“I wish I could give him more than 5 stars! You can even ask him any questions without feeling dumb. Loved him ! – M.T.
“I just finished my two month appointment and I could not be more amazed!” – K.T.
Body lift FAQs
Are body lift procedures combined?
Depending on the overall health of the patient, various procedures that are part of a body lift may be performed in one setting. Usually, cosmetic surgeons combine procedures into either upper body lifts (breasts, arms, neck) or lower body lifts (abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, flanks). In some cases, it may be necessary to stage the procedure to reduce the risk of complications. During your initial consultation visit, Dr. LaBarbera will examine you and discuss the best treatment schedule.
When is the best time to have a body contouring?
Many skilled plastic surgeons recommend that patients are at or close to their target weight before having a body lift procedure. Women who already have children and are not planning on future pregnancies are ideal candidates for a full body lift. Talk to Dr. LaBarbera if you intend to lose/gain more weight, or are planning to become pregnant in the future.
Body lift vs mommy makeover procedure?
Many patients are confused between a mommy makeover and a body lift cosmetic procedure. A mommy makeover falls within the context of body contouring, but only addresses areas that have been affected by pregnancy. On the other hand, a body lift procedure can address any problem areas in the body.