A body lift (also known as post bariatric surgery) is a comprehensive surgery designed to firm multiple parts of the body in one procedure. Body lift surgery targets excess skin left over from substantial weight loss. If you are severely overweight, the skin and underlying tissues stretch to accommodate your excess bodyweight. After major weight loss, the skin and tissues that have been stretched lack elasticity, making them unable to conform to your body’s new, smaller shape. Post bariatric surgery can help improve the tone of your underlying tissues and to remove excess or hanging skin. Body lift surgery can target the abdomen, breasts, arms, back, thighs, and buttocks to promote firmer-looking contours.
Body lift surgery, or post bariatric surgery, may incorporate a variety of different procedures, depending on your specific procedure goals. Post bariatric surgery is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. In some cases, this surgery can take between eight and nine hours to complete. Depending on your specific case, your post bariatric surgery may include:
On the day of your body lift surgery, you will be administered general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the surgical procedure. Dr. Asaadi will discuss general anesthesia with you prior to your surgery date. Once you are properly sedated, Dr. Asaadi will begin making incisions to remove excess skin. While the incisions required for your post bariatric surgery are extensive, their exact length and pattern will depend on how much excess skin needs to be removed and from which part of the body. As much as possible, Dr. Asaadi will strive to make your incisions in places that can be covered by most clothing to ensure that scarring is virtually unnoticeable. In some cases, body lift surgery is performed in stages. Dr. Asaadi will work with you to develop a plan for your specific procedure during your initial visits.
|Abdomen||Excess skin around the midsection and flanks is removed and abdominal muscles are repaired|
|Breasts||Sagging or flattened breast tissue is corrected|
|Arms||Loose skin around the upper arms is excised|
|Back||Hanging skin of the upper, mid, or lower back is removed|
|Thighs||Lax skin around the inner, outer, and mid thighs is tightened|
|Buttocks||Sagging buttocks skin can be reshaped and removed|
Prior to your body lift surgery, Dr. Asaadi will meet with you for an initial consultation and perform a thorough evaluation of your overall health. At this time, he will also help you to understand the specifics of your post bariatric surgery and develop realistic expectations for your outcome. Please inform Dr. Asaadi of any existing medical conditions or any medications you are taking during your initial consultation. If you smoke, please plan to quit prior to your surgery. You will also need to have lab testing and a general medical evaluation prior to your surgery.
The best candidates for body lift surgery are those who have lost a substantial amount of weight. Patients considering post bariatric surgery should be in good overall health. Since this is the final phase of major weight loss, your weight should be stable. Any significant weight fluctuation following your post bariatric surgery can result in sagging or stretching of your skin. Dr. Asaadi will help you understand when it is an appropriate time for you to begin body contouring procedures.
You will be given guidelines prior to your surgery on how to prepare for your body lift, including informing you of any medicinal or dietary restrictions. Dr. Asaadi will also provide instructions on what to do the day of your surgery and discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used for your procedure. Please arrange for someone to transport you to and from the surgery center and to stay with you for at least one night following your return home from the hospital.
Before your surgery, Dr. Asaadi will take detailed measurements of your body so he can come to a better understanding of what your specific case will entail. He will also take this time to discuss any potential risks or complications.
Body lift surgery is a major surgical procedure that requires significant downtime. The recovery period for this procedure is typically three to four weeks, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Following your body lift, bandages and dressings will be applied and a small drainage tube may be placed to aid in healing; these can be removed within the next few weeks. Patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the weeks following body lift surgery. Dr. Asaadi can prescribe medications to relieve these side effects. After undergoing post bariatric surgery, your scars will go through a healing process for two to three months. As a general rule, the skin of patients who have lost significant amounts of weight takes longer to heal. To minimize your scarring, laser surgery may be suggested in the weeks following your procedure. For the best results, scars should be treated within two weeks after your post bariatric surgery.
Body lift patients are advised to avoid any rigorous physical activity, including exercise or housework, to allow for optimal healing. You may begin to return to your daily routine after a few weeks of healing. Ultimately, your recovery time will depend on the specifics of your procedure. Dr. Asaadi can further discuss what to expect following body lift surgery during your consultation. Additionally, you will be given detailed post-operative care instructions. Our staff is also available to answer any questions you may have along the way.
It is important that you choose a skilled body lift surgeon who understands your individual anatomy, as every patient’s body is different. When the right plastic surgeon performs post bariatric surgery, there is usually no need for a revision. Dr. Asaadi stresses the importance of choosing a qualified, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon when considering body lift surgery.
Dr. Mokhtar Asaadi and our staff will be happy to discuss body lift surgery with you. Please contact our New Jersey office at 973.731.7000 or our New York office at 212.938.0158 to schedule a private consultation. You may also request an appointment online to meet with our body lift surgeon.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
I have always had bags under my eyes, but as I became older, they seemed to get worse. Every time I looked in the mirror, all I saw were those bags. At least once a day at work, someone would ask me if I was tired. So, when my daughter announced her engagement, I thought it was time to do something. I made an appointment with Dr. Asaadi to see what my options were. My surgery was scheduled for August of 2012.
I was scared and apprehensive, but it was the right decision. I feel like a new person. No one asks me anymore if I am tired and I don’t shy away from having my picture taken. Dr. Asaadi and his staff have been terrific, so caring and professional. I only took one week off from work, and the bruising was minimal.
I probably would still have the bags if my daughter didn’t get married.
But, I am so thankful I had the surgery. And I was the proud mother of the bride. - M.W.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
I have known Dr. Asaadi for fifteen years. I first met him in my fifties. I look tired and worn out and looking for a more youthful appearance. In meeting Dr. Asaadi he presented a picture of a very sincere and up standing person.
He took the time to go over my goals and together we outlined what was needed. I had rhinoplasty and eye corrective surgery. Down time was minimal and the results perfect.
Several years later I had a face lift and again was completely satisfied.
Presently I am 69 years old looking way better than when I first met with him. Let me add that since my surgery Dr. Asaadi has maintained my youthful appearance by using injectable fillers. He is a true genius and a very honest person whom I highly recommend.
Also his staff is the best - A.E.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Just a short note to tell you how happy I am and to thank you for your wonderful work. As soon as I walked out the door from our first consultation, I had this “feeling” and I knew you were the one I could put 100% trust in. Thank you for your attention to detail, the care you’ve shown me, and your warm personality. I count myself luck to know you.
Thanks and all the best to you!
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“I am so very grateful for the tummy tuck that Dr. Asaadi performed on me. Dr. Asaadi has proven to me to be a meticulous artist of the body. I felt that the office and staff compares to no other. It has been 5 years since my surgery, I am 42 years old and I am feeling and looking just as good if not better since surgery. I am more confident putting on my clothing, especially bathing suits. Dr. Asaadi gave me my belly back from 20 years ago (pre-babies)."
I not only feel better in the way in which my body looks, but most important it changed the way I view myself inside and out.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
My name is Paula and about a month ago you gave me some botox injections. I had recently finished nine months of very tough treatment for a stage III breast cancer and I was neither feeling nor looking my best. My hair had just begun to grow but I still was showing way too much forehead for my comfort zone so I thought perhaps a little botox would give me a "lift".
Well, I cannot say enough about my results. I feel fantastic about the way my skin looks. In fact, the other evening I bumped into some friends at a restaurant. The first thing they said to me was "your skin looks fabulous! Even better than before your diagnosis." Now that's amazing. Since seeing you, I have received numerous compliments about how alive I look. Well, I do have a great attitude but I have to say that your skillful work has really made me feel confident.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. I wish all women who have been through treatment could feel as good as I feel. Thank you Dr. Asaadi.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“After 10 years of hearing comments about how tired I appeared, I decided that the time had come for me to take action which required more than just getting extra sleep!!!
I did my research and decided that Dr. Asaadi was the best choice upon seeing the results of past patients and the unique technique that he uses.
Now, close to two years later, I couldn't be happier! Not only do I look 10 years younger, but I now feel refreshed and vibrant. No more comments about how tired I appear.
This surgery not only restored my youth, but it greatly improved my confidence level. As a salesperson and a single girl, this is incredibly Important!!! Whereas prior to the surgery, I couldn't even think about walking out the door without makeup, now I am completely comfortable with it. No more trying to conceal or detract attention from the severe bags under my eyes!!! Friends and relatives, and even sometimes I, cannot believe the difference this surgery has made! One of the best parts is that it looks incredibly natural. No one would ever know I had anything done unless I had told them. A yearlong spa getaway would not have produced such results!"
It was hands down the best money I ever spent!!!!! I feel like I'm a walking billboard for Blepharoplasty.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“Once I decided to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, I knew my appearance would change for the better. What I did not anticipate is what a profound effect the results would have on my overall way of life. Along with giving me the body I wanted, the transformation gave me a great sense of confidence, reassurance, and security with myself. I now walk upright and confident, as opposed to slouched and submissive. I enjoy shopping for clothes and wearing two piece bathing suits on the beach.
If anyone is contemplating having this procedure done, I strongly encourage them to do so."
Thanks to Dr. Asaadi I have the perfect body and a better life. - CT
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Thank you - the phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them lies a world of appreciation. Special people like you make the world a brighter place.
Thank you for helping me get better. Also to improve day by day my special future. I pray God bless your hands to help the life of others.
On May 12, 2010 Dr. Asaadi performed a bilateral reduction mammoplasty, CORE AbdominoplastySM, repair of diastasis recti, VASER® LipoSelection of the back, flanks, upper inner thighs, pubic area, lateral chest walls, and a small area of the upper arms. I was very sore for the first week, but after that I could see improvement every couple of days. The more I walked the better and stronger I felt.
In exactly six weeks after the surgery I went with my daughter, son-in-law, and their 13 month old son to a destination wedding feeling great. My daughter was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to take care of the baby like I needed to ( her and her husband were in the wedding), but I had so much more energy and strength than I did in years. I felt so wonderful in my new clothes, and I can’t begin to express how many compliments I received.....especially in my “Tankini”!!!
I now look forward to getting up in the morning and picking out a nice fitting outfit for the day, and not some loose fitting shirt and baggy pants. Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Thank you for all your professionalism and time spent going over the procedure. I am pleased thus far; I can only imagine my gratitude in the months ahead, as I see my nose transforming. I put my face in the hands of a true sculptor and have nothing but praise and recommendation. Your staff are a wonderful representation of your reputation on being a true caring practice. Many Thanks.