Body Lift - How Long Do Results Last?

How long does the "lift" from body lift surgery last? I am 35, and I want to get a body lift, but I may wait if the results won't last well into my 40s or 50s.

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Body Lift Results

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The lift effect from body lift surgery, for the most part is permanent. The contouring achieved by removal of excess skin and fat is permanent. The undermining, advancement and tightening of the skin of the thighs and buttocks is also permanent. Naturally there will be some relaxation of the skin early after surgery and the skin and connective tissues will loosen and sag gradually as you continue to age. I would recommend that you go ahead with the surgery at 35. The improvements should last well into your 40’s and 50’s. If you wait until you are older, you may not be as good a surgical risk as you are now. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Body lift quality

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A body lift result should last.  The skin is removed and the areas is tightened. Now, there are factors that will affect the longevity. The quality of the soft tissues, your ability to keep yoru weight fairly stable, etc..

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Once skin is removed it's gone for good.

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The body lift involves removal of skin.  This skin won't come back so in this sense the results are permanent.  You may be thinking about sagging of the remaining skin.  As we age, skin will continue to get looser and sag.  Bu if you're having a Lower body lift, it's probably because you had a lot of weight loss which produced a large amount of sagging.  You shouldn't get that sort of problem again, unless you experience another massive weight loss.

Mario Loomis, MD
Middletown Plastic Surgeon
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Lasting results from a lower body lift

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The results from a lower body lift will last a lifetime. As long as you maintain your weight within 10-15 pounds of the weight you were at the time of surgery you should enjoy the results for the rest of your life. However, if you gain and lose a lot of weight your body can change and you may find yourself with more excess or loose skin. Most patients are able to maintain their weight adequately to keep the results of surgery.

You can follow the attached link to see some before and after results from lower body lifts.

I hope this info helps...

Adam Rubinstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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A body lift, like a good face lift, should last decades

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A body lift procedure is a major surgical procedure with a lengthily recovery period. But nothing else out there can compare to the rejuvenation results of a body lift procedure for massive weight loss patients and patients with severe skin laxity.

Like a face lift, a body lift should last for several decades, assuming several technical aspects of the procedure are done properly by your surgeon.

Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a thorough evaluation.

Body Lift results can depend on your weight maintenance

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Removing the skin and fat that remains after massive weight loss with a body lift is permanent. That is why you should have surgery once you reach your ideal, stable weight. Should you continue to lose weight after surgery, you may develop some new laxity and require a "touch-up" procedure years later.

Kevin Brenner, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Your unique aging clock will continue to move

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Patients with a history of massive weight loss who choose to have a body lift have a long lasting improvement and would likely always be better than if they had not had the surgery. Obviously over time there is some relaxation of tissues.

A consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in this area can help you sort it out. If after your consultation you find that you area good candidate, you may want to consider proceeding now and enjoying the results of your surgery and your new body shape and contour.

John E. Gross, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Can't stop aging, but improvement should be long lasting

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Hi there-

You will, of course, continue to age, but the results from a well-done body lift procedure should alway be with you. In other words, you should always look better than if you had not had the procedure done.

This does, of course, depend on your candidacy for the procedure. Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience doing these procedures.

Recurrent Sag Following Lower Body Lift Surgery

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Significant amounts of buttock sag are unlikely following a lower body lift procedure, but lesser degrees of sag are inevitable following this type of intervention. This is related to the constant force of gravity which impacts the lower body lift procedure.

Factors that are associated with the development of recurrent sag include thin skin, large buttocks, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, inadequate support and certain types of diseases that involve the connective tissue. Surgical technique is important as well, but less important than the patient's wound healing and soft tissue characteristics.

In my experience, lower body lifts are associated with excellent clinical results and high levels of patient satisfaction. In many cases, they can last 10 to 15 years. It's important to realize that gravity goes to work immediately and as time marches on, recurrent sag is inevitable to some degree.

Body Lift Surgery - How Long Do Results Last

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The results of tummy tuck and body lift surgery can be long lasting (many years). It’s highly dependent upon a person’s motivation to maintain muscle tone and a stable weight through a healthy lifestyle and dietary restrictions. As with most cosmetic procedures, the aging process continues, and the potential for additional surgery is always possible. Yet secondary procedures tend to be simpler and less involved in order to restore the results achieved from the previous procedure.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.