Body Lift Plastic Surgery

After losing a great deal of weight, you probably feel healthier and more confident than you have in years. You may want to show off your more slender body, but excess skin is holding you back. In this case, body contouring in Houston with plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu can get you warm-weather clothing ready. Also known as a body lift, Dr. Basu customizes body contouring surgery to the individual needs and desired results of each patient.


Who is a good candidate for body contouring surgery?

Body contouring can address excess loose and sagging skin and irregular contours of the:

  • Tummy or abdominal area
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Groin area
  • Upper arms

Surgical body lift procedures improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess skin is removed and dimpled, irregular skin can be improved. Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. As each patient has a different amount of skin to be removed as well as different body proportions, the procedures Dr. Basu performs for body contouring vary. At your consultation, he will discuss with you your desired results and recommend a surgical plan to help achieve them.

Body contouring is appropriate for people who are of stable weight that is reasonably proportionate to their height and body frame. For women who considering future pregnancies, it may be preferable to postpone abdominal body lift since pregnancy after the procedure may diminish results. Body lift procedures may be performed on adults of any age who have realistic goals in mind for improvement of their body contour.

Am I a Good Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for body lift surgery, which removes excess skin and tightens the abdomen, lower body and arms. Learn more here.

What is involved in body contouring and body lift?

Body lift surgery can last from two to five hours, depending on the procedure(s) Dr. Basu is performing. You will be given a general anesthetic. To achieve overall lower body slimming, Dr. Basu will make incisions around the circumference of your midsection in the natural folds of your skin. He will then remove the excess tissue and use liposuction to remove any excess fat deposits. When the skin has been tightened, he will close the incisions with sutures and apply a dressing and compression garment.

What are the recovery steps?

After your surgery, Dr. Basu will prescribe medication to help alleviate post-operative swelling and discomfort. Your total recovery may take up to six weeks, during which time you will be expected to wear the compression garment issued to you after surgery. This will help control swelling as well as maintain your new body shape as you heal. However, Dr. Basu will ask you to walk with assistance a day after your surgery.

Though the scars from your surgery will fade over time, they may not disappear completely. However, most patients accept this as a welcome trade-off to the loose, hanging skin that was once around their lower body.

What are the Risks of Body Lift Surgery?

Learn more about the risks and potential side effects associated with body lift surgery.

Call Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu at 713.799.2278 to schedule a consultation, or join contact us for more information about a body lift or body contouring after massive weight loss.

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