Body Lift, Post Significant Weight Loss

Congratulations! You’ve done the difficult work and lost significant weight. Your dramatic weight loss has improved your health and your appearance. At Belcara Health, we can help you complete your journey with the body contouring procedures you may need to achieve the tighter, smoother, more toned appearance you desire.

Why Have a Body Lift?

As a result of your weight loss, you have a new problem — excess, sagging skin. Excess skin is an unfortunate by-product of extreme weight loss, but the good news is body contouring surgery can improve the way you look. Body contouring surgery removes excess fat and sagging skin to give the body a more natural, toned appearance.

If you are on the journey to the “new you” through weight loss, the team of professionals at Belcara Health can help you find your way. Take the first step and schedule a complimentary appointment with our doctors…you deserve it.

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What are my Procedure Options?

While every patient is different in terms of problem spots, surgery is most often performed in the following areas: Abdomen, Lower Back, Buttocks, Thighs, Face, Upper Arms, and Breasts.

Abdomen, Lower Back, and Buttocks

The most comprehensive body lift surgery is the belt lipectomy or body lift (circumferential torsoplasty). Addressing the mid-section, surgeons elevate and tighten deep tissue and remove the excess skin and fat around the torso resulting in a re-shaping of the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks and outer thighs. Not everyone will require a full circumferential torsoplasty and may be a candidate for a less extensive standard or extended abdominoplasty.

Thighs

The upper thigh is another problem spot for sagging skin after weight loss. To improve the contours of this area, surgeons may perform a thigh lift (thighplasty) on the area above the knee to the groin. If excess fat is a problem in this area, liposuction can be performed prior to the thigh lift surgery.

Face

Liposuction is performed through a small incision placed inconspicuously. Saline solution combined with adrenaline and anesthetic is injected into the area to reduce bleeding and ensure patient comfort and safety. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then moved back and forth to loosen the extra fat cells. The dislodged fat is then sucked out of the body through a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Our surgeons also use an ultrasonic-assisted liposuction technique that applies ultrasonic energy to help loosen fat prior to suctioning.

The effect of significant weight loss is most noticeable on the face in patients with sagging neck and jowls, and sunken cheeks. A facelift is an effective way to tighten the loose skin, particularly in the neck area. Injecting fat into the cheeks using fat transfer, can add tissue volume. Patients often have both procedures, which result in a younger, firmer appearance.

Upper Arms

The upper arm from the axilla to the elbow is particularly vulnerable to sagging skin after weight loss. Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) reshapes the under-portion of the arm. This surgery is often performed with underarm surgery (axilloplasty) to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue that may hang. The result of upper arm surgery is a more toned and proportionate appearance.

Breast

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue in an effort to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to give volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is done with the placement of a saline or silicone breast implant. Women who have lost significant weight may also consider breast reduction surgery. The elimination of sagging breasts not only improves appearance but is also more comfortable.

The board-certified surgeons at Belcara Health employ a unique blend of artistry and meticulous technique, emphasizing proportion and form, to help patients reshape their figures in ways they never thought possible.

Where will the procedure take place?

Most body lift patients elect to have their procedures performed in our on-site surgery center. Our 5-star facility, the Clarkview Surgical Center, was designed with the safety, comfort, privacy, and convenience of our patients in mind. It features state-of-the-art technology and meets the most rigorous safety standards. We are proud to be one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn AAAHC accreditation, as well as certifications from Medicare and the state of Maryland. Because safety is our first concern, all surgical procedures are performed with board-certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost?

We understand that having a general range of procedure prices can be helpful, so we are happy to provide estimated price ranges for the plastic surgery procedures we perform.  However, it is important to note that these price ranges are general estimates only.

The best way to learn about plastic surgery pricing is to consult directly with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.  During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and assess your medical history, lifestyle, and anatomy. Together, you and your surgeon will review all your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets all your needs. Only then are we able to provide an accurate price quote, which will include:

  • All visits before and after the procedure
  • Operating Room time and supplies
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • All medical devices, implants, and support materials

Price Range for body lift procedures: $14,000 – $17,000

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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Why Belcara Health?

If you are ready to improve your appearance, the practice you select is your most important decisions. To be confident with your results, you must have confidence in your medical team.

With credentials from such esteemed institutions as Stanford University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, our board-certified plastic surgeons are renowned for creating natural-looking, proportionate, beautiful results. Dr. Michael Cohen and Dr. Gary Vela will listen carefully to your goals, answer all your questions and help you make informed choices. We believe in educating our patients about their treatment options because you know your body best and you should be a partner in the entire surgery experience.

Exceptional patient care is the core of our philosophy at Belcara Health. Our goal is for you to feel as if you just received the best care possible and absolutely love your results. Located in a welcoming, sophisticated, luxurious facility, our 5-star services and staff provide an unparalleled experience. At each stage, we make every effort to surpass all your expectations. We are constantly upgrading our knowledge, technology, and services – and it shows. Our strong reputation and the trust of the community validates this commitment.

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If you are unhappy about the appearance of your body, contact us today to learn more about how a body lift procedure can help you feel more confident.

Our practitioners who specialize in Body Lifts

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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“I never felt nervous during this entire process, and that is absolutely due to the kindness of everyone I met, from making my consultation appointment, through surgery, to my post-op appointments. My results are natural, beautiful, and everything promised. At first, this group seems too good to be true, but they are really just that phenomenal.”
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