Losing weight is always exciting but the loose and sagging skin that can sometimes accompany it is not. A body lift can help you firm the droopy skin that was left behind, giving you a slimmer and tightened figure. Located in Phoenix and serving Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and other surrounding areas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett performs body lifts on patients with excess skin and fat following extreme weight loss.
What is Body Lift or Belt Lipectomy Surgery?
A body lift or belt lipectomy is a procedure that removes excess skin that is sagging or drooping due to significant weight loss. A body lift tightens the skin to reshape the body and give it more of a shapelier and fit appearance. Most areas of the body can be treated with a body lift.
How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?
The cost of a body lift varies depending on the extent of surgery and the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Dr. Leverett offers financing through CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash and cashier’s checks.
Benefits of a Body Lift
A body lift can completely transform your body and self-confidence. People who undergo a body lift often experience benefits including:
- Improved self-esteem
- More contoured figure
- Improved skin elasticity
- More youthful appearance
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Good Candidates for Body Lift
If you have an excess of loose and sagging skin, a body lift may be right for you. It can help give you the fit, toned appearance you desire.
What Happens During Body Lift Surgery?
A body lift is performed on an outpatient basis with anesthesia. Incisions are made in one or more areas, depending on the amount and location of the excess skin that needs to be removed. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and inner tissue is repositioned with dissolvable sutures to improve contours. The outer skin is sewn or taped closed with a small, thin tube temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood and fluid.
After the Body Lift
Following a body lift, patients may experience some discomfort in the area where the skin was removed. Most patients will need to wear compression garments to aid in healing. Using an ice pack and taking over-the-counter medicine can help alleviate any discomfort and swelling. Bandages should frequently be changed to prevent infection. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least a month depending on the area treated.
Is your figure hiding under flabby, excess skin? A body lift can help you show off your new figure after extreme weight loss. If you live in or around the Greater Phoenix area, such as Ahwatukee, Chandler and Gilbert, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett to schedule your body lift or belt lipectomy consultation.