Whether achieved through lifestyle changes or surgery, weight loss is a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, dramatic weight loss can leave you with loose, excess skin that may hide your new physique from the world. A lower and/or upper body lift can help tone and tighten your loose skin so you can take full advantage of your health and figure.
Dr. Raymond D. Jean will customize a body lift to your body composition, treatment goals and medical needs. Call Main Line Plastic Surgery at 484-222-0010 to schedule a consultation at our Philadelphia office, or fill out the contact form on this page.
Body Lift Benefits
A body lift at Main Line Plastic Surgery is designed specifically for you. If you have excess skin and fat following extensive weight loss, a body lift can help you enjoy your results and:
- Wear smaller, form-fitting clothes
- Make movement and exercise easier
- Reduce the risk of skin irritation and infection
- Improve your personal hygiene
- Lose the weight of your extra skin, fat and tissues
- Have a slimmer and younger overall appearance
You’ll have the added benefit of undergoing several plastic surgery procedures at once, reducing recovery time and optimizing your results. If you’re looking to improve other areas of your body, you can choose to have liposuction, breast procedures or facial procedures performed at the same time as your body lift.
Upper & Lower Body Lifts
Depending on where you lost weight, you may elect to have an upper or lower body lift. Upper body lifts often include the arms, back, chest and waist. Lower body lifts often include the abdomen, buttocks, groin and thighs. In some cases, patients may choose to target both regions of their bodies in a full or total body lift.
Your body lift will be tailored to fit your exact needs. Dr. Raymond D. Jean will meet with you before treatment to decide what areas to include in your lift.
Am I Candidate?
Weight loss that has left behind loose, excess skin is not the only qualification for a body lift. It’s important to have a complete understanding of the procedure before choosing plastic surgery. You will also need to ensure you’re in good health. The following factors can determine body lift candidacy as well:
- You’re at a stable, healthy weight
Fluctuating weight can negatively affect your surgery outcomes
- Your weight loss surgery was at least two years ago
For optimal results, you’ll need to be recovered and able to keep weight off long term
- You have realistic expectations about your body lift
A body lift may help your confidence and self-esteem, but you shouldn’t expect it to solve all your problems
- You plan to follow all of Dr. Jean’s post-op instructions
You will need to refrain from certain activities in order to heal properly
If you have medical complications or recently underwent bariatric surgery, Dr. Jean may need to discuss your body lift with your general practitioner and other pertinent healthcare providers to ensure the procedure can be performed safely and effectively.
Body Lift Procedure & Recovery
Before your body lift, Dr. Jean will mark the incision spots on pre-determined areas of your skin. The procedure will be performed under sedation, and you will wake up once your body lift is complete. Most patients require one to two nights stay in the hospital before returning home.
We recommend scheduling a week or two off work if at all possible so you can focus on full recovery. Once home, you can resume light activity when you feel ready. Dr. Jean discourages strenuous physical activity until you’re fully recovered, which often takes four to six weeks. You will have access to Dr. Jean’s cellphone so you can easily address any issues that arise after hours during your recovery period.
Schedule a Body Lift in Philadelphia
At Main Line Plastic Surgery, we’re concerned with you and the quality of your procedure above all else. We treat each patient like family, and all our staff is committed to providing you with a welcoming setting each time you step through our doors.
If you have questions about the body lift procedure or would like to schedule a body lift consultation, call 484-222-0010 or fill out the contact form on this page. Our office is located near the main line of Philadelphia, and we serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.