The tissues and skin of our bodies are prone to damage from many things. Areas like the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs are particularly prone to showing the effects of things like aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and even genetic factors that all can cause problems with tissue elasticity — the natural “stretch” of our skin. Over time, skin may begin to sag or droop or there may be excess, stretched out skin in these areas. While this isn’t unhealthy, it is unsightly and many people wonder what they can do to fix the problem and get back to a smoother, fitter looking body. A Body Lift by the cosmetic surgery pros here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas may be just the help you need.
A Body Lift is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the shape, tone, and tightness of particular areas of the body. Excess fat and sagging skin can be removed, and even the appearance of cellulite can be improved. The primary areas of the body that this procedure can help are the abdomen (into the lower back area, if needed), a sagging groin or lower abdomen, the buttocks and the thighs. Some people may also choose to add complementary upper body tightening procedures, such as a breast lift or an arm lift – any combination of procedures should be discussed with your surgeon.
Although it may seem like they do similar things, body lifts are not the same thing as liposuction. Liposuction is a non-surgical procedure that only removes fat from problematic areas; it is not a surgery to help tighten skin the musculature or to remove excess tissue. Liposuction can sometimes be combined with a body lift, if needed or desired.
A body lift helps you achieve a more pleasing overall shape by removing and tightening unwanted, protruding, and sagging skin, fat, and tissue. Because of this, the best candidates for this kind of multiple surgery technique are people who have already reached their healthy goal weight and will not be going through any significant weight fluctuations following the surgery (including pregnancy). Weight fluctuations are one of the most common causes of the kinds of problems a body lift is meant to correct, so it’s best to be as close to your ideal weight as possible if you are considering this procedure.
To find out if you are a good candidate for a body lift or any of the complementary procedures that can go with it, call our office today. We will talk about all your options and help you find a way to get the results you want.