A body lift cosmetic surgery procedure may be performed after a major weight loss or pregnancy, or if the skin is significantly sagging in certain areas due to aging and other factors. The body lift procedure will be performed in a few steps, which may slightly differ depending on whether lower body, upper body, or both are treated in the same procedure.
At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of body lift and explain the steps involved in the procedure. Patients will feel more confident about the surgery once they know what it will entail. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides body lift and various other procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Steps in Lower Body Lift
Lower body lift is more commonly performed, and it may involve areas such as the abdomen, waist, buttocks, thighs and hips. Skin and tissue tightening in all areas will be performed in a single procedure. As a first step, the patient will be placed under anesthesia inside the operating room. Thereafter, the surgeon will make incisions in discreet locations to perform the plastic surgery.
An incision will be placed in the lower waist area to lift the thighs and tighten the buttocks. In some cases, this procedure may be combined with a traditional tummy tuck, which will involve a circumferential incision around the waist. The patient’s incision preferences will be taken into account, and the length and pattern of incisions will be determined according to the amount of lift required.
Once the procedure as per the customized lower body lift plan is accomplished, the incisions will be closed in multiple layers over drains to reduce swelling and stretching. Deep sutures within the underlying tissue will support the newly shaped contours. Incisions may be closed using absorbable or removal sutures.
Steps in Upper Body Lift
To perform upper arm lift, the surgeon will place an incision under the armpit or along the back of the arm. If substantial lift is needed, the incision may be placed from the elbow to the armpit, and in some cases, extend along a part of the upper chest wall and toward the back. Excess skin will be removed through the incision.
If a breast lift is required, it may involve an incision around the areola, which extends from the lower border down to the inframmary fold, and another incision below the breast crease. The surgeon will remove excess skin and tissue in order to tighten and reposition the breasts to a firmer position.
Mid and lower back lift will involves incisions placed on both sides of the middle back, or close to the bra line in case of women. Through the incisions, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and tissue. The last step will be wound closure, which can be done using sutures, skin adhesive or tape.
Experienced and proven female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and other cities and suburbs around this huge city in The Lone Star state for body lift surgery.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.