Weight loss can cause your body to experience many changes. Loose skin, stretchmarks, and other cosmetic issues can leave a person feeling quite self-conscious. Thankfully, our Milwaukee plastic surgery center offers plenty of options to help tighten loose skin and help people look their very best.
When loose skin and stretchmarks mar your lower abdomen and extremities, a lower body lift (belt lipectomy) may be ideal. Let's consider the basics of the procedure and who may be an ideal candidate for it.
What Body Parts Does a Lower Body Lift Target?
A lower body lift is able to address loose skin and sagging skin in the following parts of the body:
- The lower abdomen
- The hips
- The thighs
- The buttocks
In essence, the lower body lift combines a number of well-known body contouring surgeries that remove loose skin from different parts of the body: tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift, and buttock lift.
General Candidates for Lower Body Lift Surgery
Good candidates for lower body lift surgery are people who have loose and sagging skin in the lower abdominal area as well as their lower extremities. They should be in good health overall and able to undergo body contouring procedures such as these without risk to overall health and wellness.
Ideal for People Who've Experienced Major Weight Loss
After losing a lot or weight, loose skin is common. That's why a lower body lift is an excellent option for people who have undergone bariatric surgery or who were morbidly obese and lost a lot of weight through natural means. The surgery helps remove the loose skin that does not go away on its own, and helps improve overall body contour in the process.
Excellent as Part of a Mommy Makeover
Women experience some significant changes to their appearance as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. A lower body lift can be done as part of a mommy makeover, which will restore a woman's appearance to what it was like prior to having a child. This is ideally performed after a woman has finished having children.
Understanding the Risks and Benefits
As with any surgery, it's important that patients understand the risks and benefits involved with the procedure they undergo. Knowing pros and cons before a surgery is performed allows patients to make smart decisions about their treatment options.
Realistic Expectations About the Results
In addition to knowing the risks and benefits, it's important that patients have realistic expectations about the procedure itself. That means knowing the amount of downtime involved following surgery and that there will be surgical scarring after the lower body lift is performed. Having these realistic expectations about surgical outcomes generally helps improve overall patient satisfaction in the short term and the long run.
Is Lower Body Lift Right for Me?
The best way to find out if a lower body lift is the right option for you is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your visit we can discuss all of these matters in much greater detail and help you decide on the right body contouring and sculpting solutions for your needs.
Learn More About Lower Body Lifts
For more information about lower body lift surgery and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact our cosmetic and reconstructive surgery center today. Our team is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.