Firming sagging skin on the body is extremely difficult, which is why many South Jersey patients have elected to have a body lift performed by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood to give them the look they desire.
What Is a Body Lift?
Put simply, a body lift is a procedure that removes excess fat and tightens sagging skin to present a trimmer, more fit appearance. A body lift may be performed on one of many areas of the body and is sometimes performed in conjunction with liposuction to remove fatty deposits.
Benefits of a Body Lift
When skin loses its elasticity, no amount of exercise or dieting will make the body appear firm and toned. This is especially true after losing a significant amount of weight, since skin may have stretched a great deal over time. A body lift can not only eliminate sagging skin, but can sometimes make you proportionately smaller in certain areas as well.
How Is a Body Lift Performed?
The specific procedure will depend on the body part being treated. In most cases, only local anesthesia is needed; however, when treating multiple areas, general anesthesia may be used instead. Dr. Sood will make incisions in one or more areas so excess tissue underneath the skin can be removed. If liposuction is required, fat will be suctioned with a special vacuum attached to a thin tube.
Inner tissue will be closed using dissolvable sutures. Your outer skin will be sewn shut or closed with surgical tape. If needed, a tube will also be placed underneath the skin to help with drainage. Bandages will be applied to your wound to help prevent infection and swelling.
Preparing for a Body Lift
Before having a body lift, it’s important to carefully evaluate your reason for wanting one. If it’s due to weight loss, waiting until you reach your target weight is recommended, since even more loose skin could develop as you shed additional pounds.
Once you are confident in your decision, you can then prepare for a body lift by doing the following:
- Having blood or lab tests performed as recommended by Dr. Sood
- Refraining from smoking in the days leading up to your appointment
- Avoiding alcohol and certain medications
- Making arrangements for someone to help you with everyday activities while you recover
Recovery from a Body Lift
Recovery is different for each South Jersey patient and also varies based upon which area of the body is treated. During recovery, most people find the following helpful:
- Wearing compression garments to help speed healing
- Using an ice pack to reduce swelling
- Taking over-the-counter medications to eliminate discomfort
- Limiting strenuous activity that requires the use of the operated on body part
You should also change bandages frequently and keep incisions clean and dry to prevent infection.
How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?
Cost will depend on the amount of excess skin that must be removed. During your consultation, we will provide you with a personalized estimate and then discuss payment options such as credit cards, cash, checks, and CareCredit® financing.
Is a Body Lift Right for Me?
If you are plagued by an excess amount of sagging skin, a body lift can help you achieve the fit and toned look you desire.
Why Choose Dr. Mohit Sood for a Body Lift?
For many South Jersey patients, a body lift is a multi-step process that requires a surgeon with a great deal of expertise. Dr. Mohit Sood is that type of surgeon, being board certified in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and recognized as a leader in the industry by his peers.
What to Expect During Your Body Lift Consultation
Dr. Sood will examine the different areas of your body that are problematic and discuss your personal goals to come up with a course of treatment. If more than one procedure is required, the two of you will develop a timeline for treatment to ensure you are able to fully recover from one surgery before having another. You can also ask specific questions about the different operations and view before and after pictures of South Jersey patients who have had similar procedures.
The decision to undergo a body lift is a major one that should not be taken lightly. If you’re considering a body lift, trust your care to the experienced hands of Dr. Mohit Sood and contact him for a consultation at his South Jersey area office at (609) 904-5390.