How do doctors measure excess skin? Is that is a primary factor for who qualifies for a body lift?
How Much Excess Skin is Required for a Body Lift?
Doctor Answers (3)
Most plastic surgeons refer to a body lift as a circumferential body lift = belt lipectomy. This procedure is essentially 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck + waist/lateral thigh lift + buttock lift (with the option of buttock augmentation). Please visit with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to learn more about your options.
An experienced plastic surgeon will give you an idea of what you are a good candidate for after he/she examines you. Usually, a "body lift" is for patients who have had significant weight loss and loose skin and tissue remain.
Body lift and excess skin
Historically body lifts were reserved for individuals who have lost lots of weight and have significant excess of skin. Our knowledge has really expanded over the past decade and central body lifts can now be done for people who don't have significant excess of skin and are interested in an overall lift. This powerful operation can address the ptosis or droopiness of the pubic area, side of the body and thighs. It also tightens and flattens the abdomen. One of it most significant effects is the re contouring of the buttocks. So, not every one needs to have copious skin. Lower body lifts need to be individualized. Best of luck.
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