Aging frequently affects the tautness of the skin of the abdomen and the thighs. Skin laxity (loss of tightness) can also occur after varying degrees of weight loss. Substantial weight loss can improve your overall health and boost your self-esteem, as seen following bariatric surgery. Many people, however, notice that their skin is deflated, stretched, sagging, and loose. A body lift is performed to remove the extra skin and tissue of the lateral abdomen and thighs in patients with such skin laxity. A body lift does for the abdomen and thighs what the facelift does for the neck, cheeks, and jowls. With this in-depth procedure, major excess skin removal of the inner and outer thighs, lateral abdomen, and lower back is possible.
This is a major surgical procedure generally performed in a hospital setting and can take four to six hours or more to perform. Hospitalization for one to two nights is often required. While walking is resumed immediately after surgery, return to light activities requires seven to ten days, and full recovery often requires four to six weeks. The results with this procedure are usually quite dramatic, restoring a smoother, more youthful contour to the abdomen, lower back, and thighs. Cellulite, a concern of many patients, is also dramatically improved with this surgical procedure. While the incisions can be extensive, they can usually be concealed within the lines of most bathing suits. Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon is critical to achieving a safe, successful outcome. Dr. Funk has substantial experience in performing these procedures.