After major weight loss, stretched skin and tissue often loses its elasticity and cannot conform to the new, smaller body size. A body lift, also called body contouring, removes excess sagging fat and skin to restore the natural shape and tone of underlying tissue. The result is a more normal appearance to the body, with smoother contours.
Typically, body lift procedures are performed in stages, combined in such a way as to minimize recovery issues and operating time. Body contouring can also be combined with liposuction to ensure the most possible improvement in appearance.
The results of a body lift are visible immediately. However, it may take as long as 12 months for the final outcomes of the procedure to fully develop. Visible scars will remain, and it is natural to lose some firmness as your body ages, but the overall improvement from a body lift is long-lasting or permanent, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
The choice to have a body lift is extremely personal, and you’ll have to decide whether the benefits will meet your aesthetic goals, and whether the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Our plastic surgeon will explain the procedure in detail during your consultation, and answer any questions you may have. In general, you are a good candidate for a body lift if you are:
- A healthy, non-smoking adult whose weight loss has stabilized
- Committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
- Realistic about your goals and what body contouring surgery can accomplish
It’s important to remember that any plastic surgery procedure should be undertaken for yourself alone, and not to meet another person’s ideals or expectations. At Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery, we’re here to help you look, live, and feel your best after weight loss! Contact us to learn more about body lift procedures, or to set up a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.