Do You Need A Tummy Tuck or Body Lift?
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can pay great dividends. However, crafting your dream body takes more than just hard work and dedication. It is impossible to tighten excess loose skin and nearly impossible to eliminate certain troublesome pockets of fat through lifestyle habits alone.
If diet and exercise don’t quite cut it, you may want to consider a tummy tuck or body lift. A tummy tuck is perfect for getting rid of extra fat and skin in the abdominal area. A body lift improves the appearance of the abdominal area, buttocks and thighs by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying tissues.
Below, Dr. Ereso of the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center discusses how these procedures can help your dream body come to life.
What Causes Excess Skin and Fat?
Pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, and other factors can lead to sagging, excess skin. Even if you have lost a lot of weight and are in great shape this skin may lose its elasticity and refuse to conform to your new contours.
Likewise, weight fluctuations can cause fat to accumulate in areas that many patients find difficult to address with diet and exercise.
Tummy tuck is a medical procedure that flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin from around the abdominal area. It is particularly suited to people who have undergone extensive weight loss but find it impossible to eliminate loose skin and that last remaining pocket of abdominal fat.
The tummy tuck procedure is also quite popular among women who have had multiple pregnancies and have folds of excess skin left over around their abdominal area.
After administering general anesthesia, your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from your abdominal area. Next, the surgeon will strengthen and repair the abdominal muscles. Most tummy tuck patients take one to two weeks off from work to recover.
A body lift removes fat and tightens skin around your stomach, thighs, and buttocks. The primary goal of a body lift is to remove excess skin and restore your skin’s natural appearance. This procedure is ideal for treating saggy skin after a patient experiences significant weight fluctuation.
Similar to a tummy tuck, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will then remove excess fat from specific areas (thighs, hips, and so on). With the fat removed, your surgeon will lift and remove extra skin, thereby tightening your sagging skin.
Body lift may require one to three days of hospitalization and two to three weeks off from work. Initial results are visible immediately and it may take one to two years to completely develop.
Which Procedure Is Best for Me?
If you find that diet and exercise are unable to give you the body you want, a body lift and/or tummy tuck may be the solution. To learn more, schedule a consultation today with the professional, dedicated plastic surgery providers at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center. Dr. Ereso is a passionate, professional surgeon eager to help you achieve your body goals.