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A body lift in McLean, Virginia & Annapolis, Maryland is a body contouring procedure designed for patients who have achieved a significant amount of weight loss. Dr. Barlow performs the body lift to surgically remove the loose, excess skin that is commonly left behind around the lower body after losing a significant amount of weight.

Common problems that a body lift solves

After losing a large amount of weight, the skin often is unable to readjust to the body’s new size because it has been stretched out over time and lost much of its elasticity. The body lift in McLean, Virginia & Annapolis, Maryland addresses multiple areas of excess skin around the body including:
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
Loose, hanging skin in these areas can often create areas where the skin folds over and cause problems including skin irritation, infection, hygiene issues and cosmetic discomfort.

The ultimate answer to the loose skin around your body

During your body lift, Dr. Barlow will place surgical incisions within the natural folds and creases of the skin to minimize scar visibility. Dr. Barlow then works around the upper or lower part of the body, removing and lifting excess skin to achieve a tighter, more firm contour of the body. If there are also areas of excess fat that needs to be removed, liposuction may also be needed to help achieve the best possible results. Your body lift surgery can either be performed in a single operation or a set of stages depending on what you and Dr. Barlow discuss during your consultation. When performed in one surgery, the procedure can take between 2-5 hours, depending on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. A body lift is often performed as part of a body contouring after major weight loss procedure along with other surgeries such as an arm lift or breast lift to address sagging skin in other parts of the body as well. Recovery time can vary with each procedure, as they are personalized to the patient, but you will want to be able to set aside up to six weeks. During your recovery, Dr. Barlow will provide you with a set of instructions to ensure proper healing and the best results. Patients are normally able to walk shortly after their surgery, but physical activities and heavy lifting should be limited for some time.

Find out more about what a body lift can do for you

If you are ready to take the next step but still have questions about the surgery, contact Annapolis and McLean board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Haven Barlow.

"The best thing about the surgery for me was how comforting Dr. Barlow was. Getting any surgery is always nerve wracking, but anytime Dr. Barlow came in the room and would begin talking ”all of my fears would go away."

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