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Body Lift in Dallas

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you are often left with excess skin on your abdomen, back, buttocks, and flanks. While much of your body fat may be gone, the excess skin you are left with can make it difficult to see the actual results of your weight loss. A body lift is a post-weight loss procedure designed to eliminate excess skin and flab on your lower body, tighten your abdominal muscles, and smooth and contour your figure so you can fully enjoy the results of your hard work.

What Is a Body Lift?

A body lift, or belt lipectomy, is a post-weight loss procedure that contours the entire circumference of the waistline and lifts the thighs and buttocks in one procedure. With unwanted skin removed, Dr. Morales' body lift patients experience increased mobility, comfort, and confidence.

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What Can a Body Lift Do?

Eliminate Excess Skin

After massive weight loss, your skin cannot completely bounce back to where it once was, and individuals are often left with a significant amount of excess skin. Body lift surgery eliminates loose skin from the lower half of your body to help you achieve a slimmer, more contoured appearance.

Reduce Stretch Marks

Many people are left with visible stretch marks after massive weight loss. Stretch marks can be frustrating since they cannot be removed naturally. Body lift surgery eliminates scars and stretch marks by removing excess skin, giving the skin on your lower body a smoother appearance.

Repair Damaged Muscles

Extreme weight gain can stretch and damage your abdominal muscles, often resulting in the outward bulging of the stomach that does not go away with exercise and weight loss. A body lift procedure works to repair and tighten loose or separated muscles to create a smooth, flat abdominal appearance.

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How Is Body Lift Surgery Performed?

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Body lift surgery is an inpatient procedure, and an overnight stay is recommended in a selected hospital in Dallas. The procedure usually takes four to five hours to complete, and general anesthesia is used.

An incision is made circumferentially around the body, beginning at the lower abdomen and going around the lower back just above the buttocks. First, an abdominoplasty will be performed, which includes removing excess fat, tightening the abdominal muscles, and relocating the navel to its anatomically correct position. Excess skin is then removed from the posterior side of the body, improving the appearance of the buttocks and thighs.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Body Lift?

Once you return home after body lift surgery, you will need to rest for the first week. You will have some discomfort after surgery, but this can be managed with medication and an optional "pain medication pump" that can be worn beneath your clothing for the first three days.
You may also have one or more surgical drains to help eliminate excess fluid from the body as you heal. Swelling and bruising are common side effects that will dissipate on their own over time. Compression garments will also ease discomfort and accelerate the healing process, helping to shape your new curves, providing support, and minimizing swelling.
While resting during the first week or so after your body lift surgery is essential, engaging in gentle movement is equally important. Slow walks a few times a day will encourage blood flow to the surgical site to speed up healing, and they also help prevent blood clots from developing. You will likely be able to return to work and routine daily tasks one to two weeks after your surgery. However, exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least four to six weeks or until Dr. Morales clears you.

When Will I See the Results of My Body Lift?

Body lift results are visible almost immediately. However, you may have to wait for your swelling to subside to enjoy your results fully. It typically takes several months, and even up to a year, for all swelling to subside and your complete body lift results to be visible. Additionally, with proper aftercare, results will continue to improve over time as your body settles into its new shape.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Dallas, TX?

Many factors contribute to the cost of a body lift in Dallas. Body lift surgery cost varies between patients and depends on surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, the techniques used, and whether other procedures are performed in combination with your body lift. During your consultation with Dr. Morales, you will receive an estimated total cost for your body lift based on your specific needs and goals. Financing options are also available.

Why Choose Dr. Morales For Your Body Lift Surgery in Dallas?

Dr. David Morales fits the bill when you're looking for the best plastic surgeon in Dallas to perform your body lift. He is board certified in both plastic and reconstructive surgeries, which means he has trained extensively in both areas. Board certification also requires that he continue to learn, staying on the cutting edge of new techniques and technologies in both disciplines.
Not only does Dr. Morales have the skill and experience to give you the body lift results you desire, but his care for his patients is second to none. He works with each patient to create a customized treatment plan, listening to your goals and offering recommendations for the best course of treatment. He is involved in every aspect of your care, from consultation to recovery, ensuring you receive the best possible results.

If you would like more information please contact Dr. Morales or call our office in Dallas, TX.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Body Lift Surgery

You may be a candidate for a body lift if you:
  • Do not smoke
  • Are in generally good health
  • Have realistic expectations of your results
Patients who see the best results are finished with their weight loss journey and have maintained their weight for several months before undergoing the procedure.
To prepare for your body lift surgery, you should stop smoking and stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications. During your consultation, Dr. Morales will provide you with comprehensive pre-operative instructions to follow in preparation for your surgery.
The difference between a body lift and a tummy tuck is that tummy tuck surgery strictly focuses on eliminating excess skin and tightening the muscles in the abdomen. A body lift addresses a more extensive area, removing excess skin and tightening abdominal muscles, buttocks, and upper thighs. Since a body lift focuses on more areas of the body, the body lift incision is more extensive.

Your body lift results are intended to be long-lasting. To maintain your results, you should avoid weight fluctuations and practice healthy habits, such as eating right and exercising. Significant weight gain or loss will affect the results of your body lift, so it is essential to go into the surgery at a healthy, stable weight with no plans for further weight loss.

Additionally, those considering a body lift should be done having children or at least not planning to have children in the next five years, as pregnancy will reverse the results of the tummy tuck portion of the procedure.

Patients undergoing a body lift may wish to undergo other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, thigh lift surgery, or arm lift surgery to achieve ideal, comprehensive results. Please speak with Dr. Morales to determine if you are a candidate for combining procedures.

Many plastic surgeons require a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or less before surgery. A high BMI puts you at risk for complications during surgery and may also cause issues during the healing process.

Cosmetically, you want to ensure that you're at a stable weight before undergoing body lift surgery. Since the surgery aims to eliminate excess skin after weight loss, continuing to lose weight after a body lift can significantly affect your results. For health reasons and cosmetic reasons, it is best to be at a healthy weight before undergoing any plastic surgery.

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a body lift. General risks include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Pain
  • Excess fluid buildup (seroma)
  • Poor wound healing
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Morales, a body lift is a generally safe procedure. However, some risks specific to body lift surgery include:
  • Decreased sensation or numbness in the surgical area
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Asymmetry
In most cases, one body lift surgery is sufficient to give you the results you're looking for. However, depending on your needs, desired results, medical history, and other factors, you may need to undergo your body lift surgery in two stages. At your consultation with Dr. Morales, he will discuss your goals, review your medical history, and examine you to determine whether your body lift can be done all at once or requires a second stage.
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