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Weight Loss Surgery Specialist

Lancaster Plastic Surgery

Richard Levin, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Lancaster, PA

Losing a significant amount of weight is a big accomplishment, and something to be proud of. Unfortunately, your body may not always recover from weight loss in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing, which brings many men and women to see expert plastic surgeon Richard Levin, MD, at Lancaster Plastic Surgery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A body lift is a weight-loss surgery that addresses excess skin and tissue to refine the contours of your body. Schedule a consultation today online or by phone to discuss how this customized procedure can help you reach your goals.

Weight Loss Surgery Q & A

What is a body lift?

A body lift is not a single procedure, but a group of plastic surgery techniques to improve the tone of your skin and underlying tissues after significant weight loss. Your body lift is unique, and planned to correct your specific areas of concern. 

Some of the areas most commonly targeted during a body lift include:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Lower back  
  • Arms

Your body lift may include liposuction, a procedure that removes stubborn deposits of fat that remain even after you’ve reached your target weight. 

Is a body lift a weight-loss tool?

A body lift is intended to refine the shape of your body after you’ve reached your weight-loss goals. While it does include removing a portion of fat and other tissues, it isn’t a method of weight loss. 

Your fat cells have the ability to expand and contract according to your current fat stores. That means the results of any body procedure can be affected by weight gain. Your skin, while incredibly resilient, can also stretch if you gain a considerable amount of weight.

That’s why a body lift should only be considered after you’ve reached and maintained a healthy, stable weight. 

What happens during a body lift?

The basic procedure for a body lift involves making an incision in the area of focus to gain access to the underlying tissue. If fat deposits are present, they are removed using liposuction. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is the preferred approach in certain areas of the body. 

Once ideal contouring is achieved, Dr. Levin pulls the skin taut and closes the incision using sutures, adhesive, surgical tape, or a combination of those options. In some cases, deep internal incisions are used to support the new contouring.

You’ll then move to a recovery area for close monitoring as your anesthesia wears off. 

What happens during a body lift consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Levin clarifies your treatment goals and ensures you’re a good candidate for body lift procedures. Part of that process includes developing clear expectations of what these procedures can and cannot accomplish. 

Be prepared to share details of your health history, including any serious health conditions and medications you take. Be sure to include supplements and herbal remedies, as these can affect your healing. 

If you’re ready to learn more, setting up your consultation takes just moments online or over the phone. Make today the day you move closer to the body of your dreams.