Body Lift in Richmond, VA

We want to congratulate you on losing a significant amount of weight. We understand, though, that the sagging skin and pockets of fat on your body make you feel like you haven’t quite reached your goal. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers body lifts for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia who want to eliminate the loose skin and excess fat left behind after losing a significant amount of weight.

What is a Body Lift?

Being obese and significantly overweight not only jeopardizes your health but also takes a toll on your skin and fat reserves. We know how discouraging it can be to reach your goal weight only to realize that some cosmetic changes are outside your control. At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, we are here to help you achieve the body that you envisioned when you began your weight loss journey. A body lift is a combination of procedures that removes the loose skin and most stubborn fat to give you a toned appearance.

Benefits of a Body Lift

Body lift procedures have many benefits, such as:

  • Removing sagging skin that detracts from the improvement in body toning
  • Eliminating excess skin that can lead to chafing and infections
  • Removing pockets of stubborn fat that cause bulges
  • Being customizable to the individual needs of each patient
  • Using surgical plans that address several areas of the body

Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Body Lift?

The best candidate for a body lift is a man or woman who:

  • Is in good physical health does not smoke and does not have any medical conditions that increase the risk of the procedures
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Has achieved and maintained a near-ideal weight
  • Understands the nature of the procedure and has realistic expectations

What Do I Need to Do Before Having a Body Lift?

Body lift procedures are extensive surgeries, and we value your overall health and well-being. If you are considering a body lift, we encourage you to work only with our board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in body lift procedures. Scheduling a consultation allows you to learn about the surgeries as well as begin to develop a trusting relationship with your surgeon.

What Should I Expect on The Day of My Body Lift?

Body lift procedures can be performed on areas in the upper or lower body depending on your personal needs. A lower body lift involves the:

  • Outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen

The upper body lift involves the:

  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Abdomen

The surgery may be completed during one appointment or in stages. The incision pattern that is used by your surgeon is based upon the overall goal of the surgery and may be extensive. Whenever possible, incision sites are chosen so as to hide the resulting scars with clothing, but this may not always be possible.

How Long Does It Take to Perform a Body Lift?

A body lift takes two to five hours per surgical appointment.

What to Expect After a Body Lift

Because body lifts are extensive surgeries, your aftercare will vary depending on your case and the surgical plan determined specifically for you. The discomfort is managed with prescription pain medications. You will also experience swelling, bruising and stiffness. Your plastic surgeon will encourage you to engage in light activities within a day or two. This helps the skin to heal properly. After three to six weeks, you can return to work but should continue to avoid strenuous activities until you are released by the surgeon.

Will I Have Scars After Getting a Body Lift?

You will have significant scars after your body lift procedure. The scars start as pink or dark tan and fade, but do not disappear, over the following 12 months.

When Will I See the Results?

As you recover from your surgery, you will see an immediate improvement in your body shape and skin. Once the swelling has subsided, you see the full results of your hard work and body lift surgery.

What Are Possible Complications of a Body Lift?

As one of the more extensive plastic surgeries, a body lift does have inherent risks that can be minimized by working with one of our qualified plastic surgeons. Risks associated with body lift surgeries are:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Tightness of the skin
  • Irregularities in the body contours and skin surface
  • Poorly healed scars
  • Blood clots

How Long Will the Results of a Body Lift Last?

When you undergo a body lift at Richmond Plastic Surgeons, you have already demonstrated your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and managing your weight. Continuing to eat right and exercise means that you will enjoy the results of your body lift for many years.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Richmond?

Medical insurance companies consider body lift procedures to be elective in nature and will not cover the cost in most cases. We understand that affording your surgery is a top priority for you, so we provide an accurate cost after your consultation. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers several convenient payment options, including CareCredit® financing.

Now that you have lost a significant amount of weight, you can finalize your journey to a fit and attractive body with a body lift from Richmond Plastic Surgeons. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation and learn how our board-certified plastic surgeons achieve the best possible results with body lift procedures.

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