Plastic Surgery
Who Should Consider the Body Lift?
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:19:10 PM

( - The body lift in New York, is typically recommended for people that have lost a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery or diet and exercise. This procedure is not recommended for people that have only lost a few pounds or for people that just want to tighten one part of their body. This also means that you have already lost most of the weight, but you have a lot of loose, sagging skin that has lost its elasticity and will not get back into shape. In order to consider the procedure, you should have already completed the weight loss process. Generally, you should be a non-smoker, in good health, and have reasonable expectations regarding the results of the procedure.

The Procedure

The body lift procedure typically takes 3-7 hours to complete. The physician will provide general anesthesia and make incisions around the target areas to remove the excess skin. Excess fat may be removed using liposuction techniques. Before closing the incision, the physician may tighten the underlying muscles to create more definition and contour in the body. The body lift can be combined with other procedures such as the facelift, arm lift, or breast lift.

Recovery Period

The recovery from a body lift can take between 4-6 weeks. The physician may provide some mild painkillers to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the recovery period. A drain may be placed in the area to prevent fluid buildup. It is recommended that the patient avoid strenuous activities during the recovery process, but walking is encouraged because it promotes circulation and helps reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming.

Dr. Douglas Steinbrech is a board certified plastic surgeon with a specialty in minimally invasive surgical procedures. He completed his surgical training at the New York University School of Medicine. His office is located in New York, New York. Please call his office at 212-750-0070 to schedule a consultation.


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