Body Lift Jacksonville
As we go about our daily lives, our bodies will go through a number of different changes, some of which aren’t very desirable. One of the most common issues people experience is sagging skin in different areas of the body, including the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. This could be the result of exposure to sunlight, the natural process of aging, genetic factors, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy. If you wake up in the morning and dread looking into the mirror because you’re unhappy with the sagging skin that covers your body, then a body lift surgery is perfect for you.
What is a Body Lift?
A body lift is a plastic surgery procedure that improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. It is used to raise and reshape the skin and sagging body contour. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.
As you age, your skin loses elasticity, causing the mid-section of your body to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure, also known as a belt lipectomy, allows a plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits. The doctor’s body sculpturing gives your body a firmer touch and a more youthful appearance. This way, you won’t have to worry about what you’ll see when you look into the mirror. You will find yourself with a renewed sense of confidence and self-esteem that will allow you to walk into any room with your head held high.
At your consultation, you will be given details about all that you need to know about the specifics of the procedure and you will have the chance to clarify any doubts you have. A physical examination will be conducted and your full medical history will be taken.
You will also be instructed to stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements to reduce the risk of bleeding from the procedure. If you’re a smoker, it’s imperative that you stop smoking a few weeks before the procedure and during the recovery so that the nicotine doesn’t interfere with your healing.
Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:
- Loss of Body Shape – Reshape mid-body contour, abdomen, waist, and upper thighs.
- Sagging Body Skin – Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
- Stretched Skin – Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.
It’s also necessary that anyone considering a body lift procedure leads a healthy lifestyle and is committed to the right fitness regime and nutrition to maintain results. They should also not have any chronic conditions that can negatively impact healing. Being optimistic about the results of the procedure will also increase the likelihood that you will be happy with your new look.
General Body Lift Procedure:
A body lift is a plastic surgery that varies with each patient depending upon the patient’s body sag and the targeted results. Typically, Dr. Hardy makes an incision during body lift surgery that follows the inner thigh to the patient’s waist. In more extensive body lift surgeries, the incision may also encircle the waist and include skin tightening of the lower back. During body lift surgery, excess skin and underlying fatty deposits are removed by the plastic surgeon. Lifting the buttocks requires a separate incision at the crease of each buttock. During body lift surgery, excess skin and underlying fatty deposits are removed by the plastic surgeon. The body skin is then pulled taught and sutured to form a firmer, tighter butt.
Recovery from a Body Lift
Dr. Hardy will provide you with post-operative instructions that require plenty of rest and limited body movement to speed up your healing process and reduce your recovery time. Post-operative bandages are applied immediately following body lift surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are sometimes placed in sutured areas to drain excess fluids. Although the scars from your body lift incisions are permanent, these are carefully placed to minimize visibility. Recovery time from a body lift varies with the extent of the surgical procedures that Dr. Hardy performed. Some patients complain of minor post-surgical body lift pain but most pain can be controlled with oral medications.
Make sure to avoid applying any excessive pressure on the area where the incisions are during the recovery period. You will be able to see results immediately after the surgery, and these results will continue to improve over the course of time as your body heals and by maintaining good lifestyle habits.
Candidates for a Body Lift
Good body lift candidates are those who have loose saggy skin and stubborn fat in different areas of the body. These issues can’t be rectified with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Hardy will perform an assessment of your body and ask you about your medical history to determine if you are a good body lift candidate. The procedure can be customized to accommodate your specific needs.
Contact Our Office
A body lift is an excellent solution for those dealing with loose, saggy skin and stubborn fat. Contact our office to learn more about the procedure and how it can help address your aesthetic concerns. Dr. James Hardy is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who can guide you throughout the entire process.