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Body Lift

Whether it's through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, losing weight — and keeping it off — is a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, excess skin may be left behind, especially in the case of a rapid weight loss. This skin can cause additional embarrassment and discomfort for people who deserve to celebrate their transformation. With body lift surgery, Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. David Pincus can help Long Island residents who have achieved massive weight loss feel more comfortable and confident.

If you've maintained your weight for at least 6 months but are still bothered by excess hanging skin, request a consultation online, or call our office at (631) 424-3600 to book an appointment with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus to talk about getting a body lift in the New York City and Long Island area.

The Consultation

At a body lift consultation, you will meet 1-on-1 with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus to discuss the procedure in-depth. Your surgeon will review your medical history and perform a physical evaluation of your lower body. Body lifts are typically performed to reduce excess skin on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. You and your surgeon will develop a personalized plan for your surgery and discuss in detail the incision sites, the abdominal tightening process, how he will remove and re-drape excess skin, and your recovery process.

The Procedure

Our surgeons perform body lift surgeries at Huntington Hospital. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia. Though the time required for your body lift depends on the amount of skin to be removed, the procedure generally lasts between 2 and 4 hours.

Your surgery is customized to your needs and may include liposuction and tummy tuck procedures in addition to the circumferential removal of excess skin around the torso, buttocks, and thighs. The remaining skin will be draped and sutured to create a slimmer, more contoured shape.

Recovery & Results

A body lift usually requires a hospital stay of 1 to 2 days in order to monitor and regulate your recovery. Drains at the incision sites will need to remain in place for up to 2 weeks, and sutures will be removed as necessary. Depending on your procedure, your timeline may vary.

Though a body lift will likely make mobility easier and more comfortable, it's important not to overextend yourself during your recovery period. Doing so could alter your results or cause complications. Give yourself plenty of time to recuperate at home, and follow your surgeon's instructions for postoperative care.

After recovery, patients typically enjoy their slimmer contours. While the fat cells removed with liposuction cannot grow back, the remaining fat cells can shrink and enlarge in relation to your diet and exercise patterns. Taking care of yourself by following a healthy diet and exercise routine will help you maintain your improvements.

Common Questions

Will I have scars after my body lift?

Scars are an inevitable part of a body lift procedure, but they usually lighten and fade over time. Most incisions are made in areas that are normally covered with clothing. There are many effective scar treatments available today, ranging from laser treatments to topical ointments. Your surgeon will advise you on which treatment may be best for you based on your lifestyle and other considerations.

How long will my results last?

Adult fat cells do not reproduce, but remaining fat cells can enlarge, causing weight gain. Taking care of yourself and following a reasonable diet and exercise plan will minimize this risk. A body lift will not halt the aging process. Loss of firmness and tone occurs naturally as time passes, but skin and fat removed during a body lift will not regrow.

What side effects might I experience after a body lift?

Temporary numbness or loss of sensation may occur in the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. Fluid can continue to collect under the skin even after drain removal and may require aspiration with a syringe at a later appointment. Swelling is common but is reduced by drains and compression garments, and any pain can be managed by oral medications.

For answers to other common questions about body lift surgery, visit our Body Lift FAQ page.

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