Body Lift Surgery in Asheville
Post-weight loss body contouring & skin removal surgery
While a person’s body size shrinks with massive weight loss, more often than not, the skin cannot contract to the new, slimmer contours. Excess, hanging skin can be unsightly to an individual, but even more, it can be uncomfortable. If you are bothered by excess, sagging skin on your body, a body lift can help.
Body lifting surgery removes excess, sagging skin from the arms, legs, or torso and reshapes the area to restore a smoother, more aesthetically appealing contour and relieve the discomfort that comes from having skin folds.
Am I a good candidate for a body lift?
Body lifting surgery is intended for patients who are bothered by excess, sagging skin and stretched tissues on the body. It is not a weight loss procedure, nor will it remove a significant amount of fat. A body lift may be a good option if:
- You have reached and maintained your goal weight for at least 6 months
- You are a healthy non-smoker
- Excess skin is causing you physical or emotional discomfort
- You understand and accept that body lift incisions will leave scars
Choosing Dr. Conway as your plastic surgeon
Body lifting is a complex surgery that requires an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Donald Conway is board certified in plastic surgery, and he has worked with post-weight loss patients for more than 20 years. He finds body lift surgery particularly rewarding, as he sees the dramatic improvements in comfort and confidence his patients experience.
Dr. Conway approaches body lift procedures as both a restorative and aesthetic. He applies his background as a medical illustrator, along with extensive surgical expertise, to achieve naturally appealing improvements in body contour while prioritizing a patient’s safety and well-being.
Body lift options in Asheville
A body lift is not one specific procedure, but rather an operation tailored to a patient’s anatomy and goals. A post-weight loss body lift can be limited to removing excess skin only on the upper arms, or it can be as extensive as removing skin and lifting tissues around the entire torso and lower body. Dr. Conway tailors the procedure plan to your needs. Your body lift in Asheville may include one or more of the following procedures.
Significant weight loss can often leave the abdominal muscles and skin to appear stretched and sagging. A tummy tuck addresses these issues, repairing connective tissue to tighten the abdominal muscles and removing excess, sagging skin on the belly. The goal is to restore a flatter, smoother shape to the midsection.
Many post-weight loss patients benefit from an extended tummy tuck, which addresses sagging skin and lax muscles on the upper and lower abdomen. While an extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision than a traditional tummy tuck, it also creates dramatic improvement in abdominal shape.
Thigh & buttock lift
If you once carried excess weight in your lower body, you may now have loose skin gathered around your buttocks or thighs. You may feel self-conscious wearing shorts or swimsuits, and many even have a hard time finding jeans or pants that fit comfortably. Thigh lift and buttock lift surgery address sagging tissues on the lower body to remove burdensome excess skin and lift underlying tissues into a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing position.
Incisions for a thigh lift or buttock lift procedure depend on the extent of surgery as well as how the sagging skin is distributed. Whenever possible, Dr. Conway places incisions within the natural folds of the body, so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous to others as possible.
Upper arm lift
An upper arm lift (brachioplasty) eliminates hanging, loose skin (sometimes called “bat wings”) from the upper arms to restore a smoother, slimmer and firmer appearance to the arms. Dr. Conway makes an incision on the underside of the upper arm, removes excess skin, and tightens sagging tissues. Dr. Conway will discuss your preference in location for the scars.
Circumferential body lift
Patients who have a significant amount of loose, hanging skin around the torso may benefit from a circumferential body lift, which removes excess skin and tissues around the circumference of the abdomen and lower body. This is the most extensive body lifting procedure, and requires a more lengthy recovery than other, less dramatic procedure.
A circumferential body lift involves an incision running around the lower abdomen, just above the hip bones. While the resulting scar will be a long, thin line running around your body, Dr. Conway takes care to place incisions as low as possible so you can conceal the scar beneath most clothing.
Body lift surgery & recovery
Since Dr. Conway tailors a post-weight loss body lift to patient’s needs, the surgery and recovery process can vary significantly from patient to patient. Dr. Conway performs body lift procedure in our fully-accredited, on-site private surgery suite, which is equipped to hospital standards. General anesthesia is provided by our our experienced anesthesiology team, led by a board certified MD anesthesiologist. More extensive procedures may require an overnight stay in our surgery recovery room or in the hospital.
Recovery timelines and restrictions vary depending on the individual and the procedures performed. If you are only having an upper arm lift, you may be able to return to light activity and desk work within 1 week. Extended tummy tucks and circumferential body lifts often require 2 to 4 weeks away from activity other than light walking. Dr. Conway will provide detailed instructions at your consultation.
Life after body lift surgery
A body lift can be a rewarding procedure to help you better enjoy the benefits of your weight loss and live free from the burden of excess body skin. To ensure your scars heal as neatly and inconspicuously as possible, it is important to follow Dr. Conway’s recovery instructions and keep your scars protected from the sun.
Results after body lift surgery are intended to last for many years, and they should, so as long as you maintain a stable weight. Future weight fluctuations or pregnancy are likely to alter some of the improvements made after a body lift, so if you are planning to become pregnant in the future, be sure to talk to Dr. Conway about your goals. Additionally, nothing can stop the natural aging process, and over the years you may notice an increase in skin laxity.
Do you have questions about body lift or skin removal surgery in Asheville? Please contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Conway. He will be glad to sit down with you and discuss your questions and concerns.