Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr, Villanova & Communities Near The Main Line Of Philadelphia, PA
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 Text or Call 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.
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Extremely pleasent experience from start to finish. Dr. Jean and his staff are very friendly and accomodating all packaged in a beautiful, soothing office environment. Very pleased with the procedure and results.
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.
What Cosmetic Concerns Can a Body Lift Improve?
Here at Main Line Plastic Surgery, body lift procedures are completely customized to your unique needs. There is no way to predict how, where, and how much fat loss will occur due to diet and exercise or weight loss surgery. Only once you've lost all of the weight you intend to lose and maintain your new weight for some time will tissue laxity be obvious. Some of the cosmetic concerns that Dr. Jean can address using body lift techniques include:
- Excess fatty tissue
- Loose skin
- Uneven soft tissue
- Stretch marks
- Back rolls
- Abdominal bulge or "shelf"
- Sagging thigh tissue
- Flat upper buttocks and saggy lower buttocks
Is a Lower Body Lift Just a Tummy Tuck?
A lower body lift does often include abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck. However, the body lift is more comprehensive in its scope. The lift extends beyond the abdomen to also circle around the back if needed. It may restore slimmer contours around your hips, flanks, buttocks, and thighs. During your consultation, you and Dr. Jean will customize your body lift to suit your desired outcome.
How Do I Prepare for My Body Lift Surgery?
Your preparation for plastic surgery contributes to your safest procedure and most satisfying surgical outcome. After your consultation, you'll receive detailed instructions that discuss what you should and shouldn't do, and when you need to begin various restrictions around lifestyle habits and certain items. For instance, you may be advised regarding the following:
- Avoiding smoking and nicotine use
- Avoiding alcohol consumption
- Avoiding medications and supplements that thin the blood
- Eating a well-balanced diet that is in line with your weight management plan
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Supporting your immune system so you do not get sick before surgery
- Arranging sufficient time off work
- Arranging a ride home from the hospital and in-home support for at least a few days
- Preparing your hospital bag
Is a Body Lift an Outpatient Procedure?
Body lift procedures may not be major surgery (because no vital organs are involved) but these surgeries are undertaken with an abundance of caution. This includes a short stay in the hospital after your procedure. Chances are very good that you'll be home after one or two nights to continue your recovery in your own comfortable space.
How Much Pain Will I Be In after My Body Lift?
One of the benefits of staying in the hospital for a night or two is that the medical team will be better able to manage your pain with appropriate medications. The discomfort that you feel after your body lift is influenced by your unique pain tolerance. If you've had other surgeries and felt only mild to moderate discomfort, you can expect your body lift recovery to be similar. If your pain threshold is lower, you may find your early recovery a bit more intense. Fortunately, discomfort is at its highest in the two days after surgery. Beyond that point, you can expect to feel progressively better. You may even be able to switch to over-the-counter pain relief after just one week of healing.
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, Text or Call 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.