People who lose a lot of weight in a short period of time whether through surgery or through diet and exercise are sometimes left with sagging skin and stubborn deposits of fat on various parts of their body.
When this occurs, usually their midsection is the area that is affected the most. However, there are also other areas that could be affected, such as the groin, thighs, buttocks, midsection, hips, lower back, arms, and breasts.
Types of Body Lifts
The type of surgery opted for is greatly dependent on the location of the excess skin on the body as well as the overall aesthetic goals of the patient. Plastic surgeons can focus on a specific part of the body. Examples of this type of body lift include an arm lift and thigh lift.
In addition to this, plastic surgeons may also take a different approach and look at the bigger picture by treating a large area. These kinds of body lifts work to eliminate excess skin over reasonable portions of the body.
There are also body lifts that focus on creating a completely new figure. Body lifts of this nature are known as total body lifts. Let’s take a look at the various types of body lifts in more detail.
1. Lower Body Lift
Lower body lifts (or belt lipectomy) are the most popular type of body lifts available. Lots of candidates find that a large part of their weight loss happens in areas such as the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Large folds of skin that cause chafing and discomfort are common in extreme weight loss.
Lower body lifts are popular because they’re great at removing this extra skin as well as lifting the buttocks and adding flattering contours to the candidate’s body. It is much less invasive than a full body lift which is another part of the reason why it is so popular.
2. Mid Body Lift
Mid body lifts are usually performed to target the abdominal region in addition to the body parts that are taken care of by a lower body lift. Many people opt for this treatment because it gives the surgeon the power to create smooth and continuous lines all the way from the abdomen to the thighs.
3. Total Body Lift
Candidates who have lost skin elasticity all over their body are usually the ones who opt for a total body lift surgery. It’s the perfect solution for people who suffer from chafing and discomfort due to having a large amount of excess skin that rubs together. Total body lifts are for more extreme cases and work by taking care of parts of the body that commonly accumulate fat and a surplus of skin.
Contact Our Office
If you’d like to know more about which areas of the body a body lift can improve, schedule a consultation with skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Haven Barlow. Dr. Barlow is highly regarded by his patients and peers, and will gladly answer any of the questions you have about the surgery.