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Weight loss is an exciting and uplifting bodily change! Unfortunately, it can sometimes leave behind sagging skin, or pockets of fat on your body that might leave you feeling as though you haven’t quite met your personal goal goals. At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, we offer body lifts for anyone looking to eliminate the loose skin and excess fat left behind after significant weight loss in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.

What Exactly Is a Body Lift?

While obesity both jeopardizes your health while also taking a toll on your skin and fat reserves, it can also feel pretty discouraging to reach your ideal weight, only to realize that you’ve bumped into cosmetic changes that are beyond your control.

At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, we’re here to guide your body to the look you envisioned when you originally began your weight loss journey.

A body lift is a combination of procedures, designed to remove loose skin and stubborn fat, leaving you with a naturally toned, attractive appearance.

What Are the Benefits of a Body Lift?

Body lift procedures have many benefits:

  • Removing sagging skin for a more toned appearance
  • Eliminating excess skin that can cause chafing and infection
  • Removing stubborn pockets of bulge-causing fat
  • Customizing your appearance to meet your individual goals
  • Addressing multiple problematic areas of your body

Am I the Ideal Candidate for a Body Lift?

You’re a perfect candidate for a body lift if you:

  • Are in good physical health don’t smoke or have medical conditions might that increase the risk of the procedures
  • Have a strong commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Have reached and are maintaining your near-ideal weight
  • Understand the nature of the procedure and have realistic expectations

What Should I Do Before My Body Lift?

Body lift procedures can be quite extensive surgeries, and we want to make sure you achieve the exact results you’re looking for. Our board-certified surgeons, who specialize in body lift procedures, will work directly with you to walk you through the preparation and procedure, giving you a deep understanding of everything you’ll need to know as you move forward.

Click here to set up a consultation for possibly the best body lift Richmond has to offer. This will give you the chance to learn all about the surgeries, while also developing a personal, trusting relationship with your surgeon.

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

Body lift procedures can be performed on either the upper or lower body, depending on your personal goals.

Your procedure might be completed during one appointment, or in stages. Your surgeon will follow an incision pattern based upon the procedure’s overall goal, which can sometimes be extensive. Whenever possible, your surgeon will choose incision sites designed to hide the resulting scars with clothing.

A lower body lift involves the:

  • Outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen

An upper body lift involves the:

  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Abdomen

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How Long Does It Take to Perform a Body Lift?

A body lift usually requires multiple procedures, with each one taking between two to five hours per appointment.

What Can I Expect After My Body Lift?

Because body lifts are extensive surgeries, the aftercare process varies, depending on your specific surgical plan. We’ll help you manage your discomfort with prescription pain medications, and you can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and stiffness.

Your surgeon will encourage you to engage in light activities within a day or two, as this helps the skin heal properly. After three to six weeks, you can return to work, but you’ll want to avoid strenuous activities until your surgeon releases you.

FAQ

Will My Body Lift Leave Scars?

Yes, you will have significant scars after your body lift procedure. They’ll start as pink or dark tan before fading over the following 12 months, but they won’t fully disappear.

When Will I See My Results?

You’ll notice an immediate improvement in your body shape and skin as you begin to recover. Once the swelling subsides, you’ll see the full results of your hard work and body lift surgery.

Are There Any Possible Complications with a Body Lift?

A body lift is one of the more extensive plastic surgery procedures, so our staff works very hard to minimize risks like:

  • 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 My Body Lift Last?

Provided that you continue to eat right and exercise regularly, you’ll enjoy the results of your body lift for years and years!

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Richmond?

Medical insurance companies consider body lift procedures to be elective in nature, and therefore won’t cover them in most cases. We understand that affordable surgery is a top priority for you, so we’ll give you a full cost breakdown after your consultation. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers several convenient payment options, including CareCredit® financing.

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