If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may find that you seem to have “extra skin” that sags and hangs from your body.
Many women find their skin seems to be droopy after pregnancy, while both men and women find their skin seems to start sagging as they start to age. The reason for this “extra skin” is that the underlying tissue has weakened or incurred some type of damage. During a body lift procedure, Dr. Seare repairs the skin’s supportive tissue while removing and tightening excess skin. After a body lift, you’ll notice a definite improvement in the tone and shape of your lower body.
Dr. Seare is a pioneer of a procedure called the circumferential Micro Lipo surgeries that we call “Around-the-World” of the arms, torso, or thighs, We have found we can get amazing skin tightening of up to 25 percent when we are able to go all or most of the way around your body.
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What is a Body Lift?
Men and women who have droopy, saggy skin are perfect candidates for a body lift.
The body lift is a body contouring procedure designed for people who have lost a large amount of weight and are experiencing excess, sagging skin. Dr. Seare will remove extra skin from your abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, and back. The breast and arms are sometimes included. Significant weight loss is great for your overall health, but the unwanted excess skin is a commonly unforeseen side effect.
A body lift is one of many excellent body contouring options at Clinique Sculpture. Patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Seare to discuss their cosmetic goals if they believe a body lift is right for them. If patients are more interested in reducing excess fat from the body, liposuction might be better suited to your goals. Your body goals and your personal reasons for choosing a body lift are our number one priority because we tailor every treatment according to each patient’s unique case. Whatever your body goal may be, Dr. Seare, a double-board certified plastic surgeon, draws on his decades of experience performing thousands of procedures to ensure your experience is top notch. A body lift is the chance to uncover the slimmer, natural-figured body you’ve worked so hard to accomplish.
Dr. Seare is a double-board certified plastic and orthopedic surgeon and body sculpting innovator. He has the expertise required to guide patients towards decisions that will give them the best results possible.
Although the body lift can help healthy adult men and women from all walks of life, the procedure is not necessarily for anyone. The ideal body lift candidate is someone dealing with an inordinate amount of droopy, saggy skin. The butt, thighs, and abdomen are usually affected and have become misshapen by sagging skin. The procedure is designed to help patients contour their bodies by removing unnecessary skin and fat to achieve a natural form. During your consultation, Dr. Seare will discuss your goals with you and help you figure out the best way to achieve them. In fact, with our special Crisalix 3D Imaging technology, you will be able to do more than just imagine your results. You’ll be able to take look at your potential results with a rendering of a custom 3D model. Schedule a consultation to learn more about what you can achieve with a body lift.
Body Lift Techniques
Dr. Seare’s body lift technique is a unique, “around-the-world” method. Pioneered by Dr. Seare, loose skin of the arms, torso, and thighs can be tightened by up to 25%!
Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift, or lipectomy, specifically addresses excess skin on the butt, hips, and thigh area. During the lower body lift, Dr. Seare surgically removes extra skin from the midsection and thighs by making an incision along the inner or outer thighs. The remaining area is lifted and tightened to create a leaner, youthful figure.
Mid Body Lift
A torsoplasty, also known as a mid-body lift, removes sagging skin from the same areas included in the lower body lift in addition to the abdomen. Most body lift patients seek the mid body lift. The procedure reshapes the torso to create a shapely, proportional appearance.
Upper Body Lift
Other Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Seare and his team at Clinique Liposculpture in Carlsbad and San Diego are pleased to offer the body lift along with the following techniques:
Each treatment can be tailored as part of your treatment course depending on your ultimate body goals.
Steps to Ensure the Best Body Lift Results
For patients considering a body lift, the first step to take is to make sure that their body has reached a healthy, stable weight. Extreme changes in weight, either weight gain or additional weight loss, can impact the results of a body lift. Patients should already practice healthy lifestyle habits, eating right and exercising.
Body lift candidates also need to quit smoking because smoking before your procedure can interfere with your body’s ability to heal properly. We ask that patients stop smoking for at least a few weeks before their surgery. We also ask that patients stop drinking alcohol and consult with Dr. Seare about any anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medication. Dr. Seare will walk you through your surgical experience as he reviews your medical history.
Once the surgery date is scheduled, patients will have to make arrangements for their transportation on the day of the procedure. They won’t be able to drive themselves after their procedure so they’ll need someone else to pick them and take them home. They’ll also need to make sure that they fill any prescriptions ordered by Dr. Seare in advance.
What is the Body Lift Experience?
Body lift procedures are custom tailored to each patient. Your procedure will depend on your body and your cosmetic desires, but the experience has some similarities to an extended tummy tuck.
On surgery day, Dr. Seare and his team are focused on making sure your experience is comfortable and safe.
When you arrive, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned before you change into a surgical gown. Markings are made along the circumference of the body to map the incision. General anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist, so you will be comfortably asleep for the duration of the surgery.
Dr. Seare may first perform liposuction to achieve better proportion and sculpting of certain areas. Then, lax skin is removed to create a lifted, leaner body profile. Dangling skin along the abdomen or drooping skin along the thighs is removed as well. Each step of the treatment is discussed in a surgical plan beforehand.
When the surgery is over, you’ll be taken a recovery room to rest until you are able to get back on your feet. Our staff will help you with bandages and compression garments and monitor your recovery.
Recovery times vary according to the size of the area treated.
Dr. Seare will prescribe pain medication to help with discomfort and body compression garments are provided to reduce bruising and swelling. You will be guided on self-care practices and different steps you can take to ensure your recovery is smooth. Please make sure that you’re extremely well-rested and avoid any motions that place stress on your treated area. You will need to wear compression garments until Dr. Seare tells you that they’re no longer necessary. In the first few days after your procedure, we recommend having a close friend or loved one who can assist you with your daily living needs.
Dr. Seare will assess your recovery during follow-up appointments, instruct you on when you can remove your compression garments and notify you when you may return to light activity. Most patients will need at least four to six weeks of recovery before beginning physical activity.
The results of a body lift will be immediately obvious, but your newly gained, leaner, lifted, and proportionate figure will become more apparent as your body heals, and swelling reduces.
The first step toward transforming your appearance with a body lift is to consult with Dr. Seare at either his office in Carlsbad or San Diego. You will be able to discuss your desired outcome and point out the areas of your body that concern you the most.
Dr. Seare performs a full examination, evaluates your medical history and will discuss any current medication you are taking. Be sure to discuss any previous surgical and cosmetic procedures you’ve had.
During your consultation, any questions you may have about the procedure, including its pricing, will be happily answered. Our goal at Clinique Sculpture is to make sure you are fully aware of your cosmetic experience to ensure you are prepared and comfortable.