After massive weight loss or multiple pregnancies, a tummy tuck or body lift may seem like a good idea for getting your pre-baby body back. You may have gone as far as you can with dieting and exercise and finally see that some fat and loose skin will never move. Some people lose abdominal fat and others do not, no matter how hard they try. Other people may lose significant fat from their thighs and buttocks, while other never do. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to getting the figure you want after major weight loss or several pregnancies. Deciding between a tummy tuck vs body lift can be difficult, but our plastic surgeon will be with you every step of the way.
If you are considering a tummy tuck vs body lift, you first need to think about the areas of your body that concern you the most and the elasticity of your skin. This will depend on your age, the amount of weight you lost and the quality of your skin. Both a tummy tuck and a body lift will remove abdominal fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to flatten the abdomen. When you consult with Dr. Nir, your physical condition may be examined. You will have the opportunity to express your expectations and learn about the different outcomes for each type of procedure.
If you are a person who finds it difficult to lose weight from your buttocks, hips, and thighs, then a body lift may be your better option. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the outer hips, abdomen, buttocks, and lower back. A body result usually results in a flat abdomen, a lifted buttocks, and contoured outer thighs. Some facts about a body lift procedure include the following:
• Liposuction is sometimes used to remove excess fat
• The procedure may take from three to seven hours
• The surgery is performed under general anesthesia
A tummy tuck, officially known as abdominoplasty, is a very commonly performed procedure. It only removes the skin and fat from the center of the abdomen area and does not include the thighs or hips. Its purpose is to remove excess fat and skin above and beneath the umbilicus, thereby tightening the overextended muscles from pregnancy or excess weight.
If you are deciding between a tummy tuck vs body lift, you can talk to our board-certified plastic surgeon to learn which procedure best suits your needs and expectations. Patients in the West Palm Beach and Wellington areas can rest assured that they receive expert care when they choose Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment to learn more.