A body lift can help if after weight loss, in particular extreme weight loss, you are left with the drawback of excess skin and stubborn, localized fat deposits.
In most cases, these fat deposits and areas of loose skin remain unresponsive to even strict dieting and exercise routines. The presence of excess or loose skin and unresponsive localized body fat can impact your natural body shape and make you look unshapely. This makes it very difficult to celebrate the health benefits of losing weight. If this is you, then you might want to consider getting a body lift or belt lipectomy surgery to get rid of your excess skin while also benefiting from a more contoured and well-defined body shape.
If you are looking to get the best body lift San Antonio can offer, then the plastic surgeon you should consult with is Dr. Delio Ortegon. He specializes in performing body lift procedures to remove loose skin and tissue on a person’s midsection.
A body lift procedure often includes or combines a number of different surgeries that focus on getting rid of extra skin in people who have undergone significant weight loss. The procedure can also be highly effective for people who have experienced weight loss after undergoing bariatric surgery.
Your body lift procedure can be customized based on your personal goals and requirements. Some patients might opt either for an upper-body lift or lower body lift while some might opt for a full-body lift – based on the areas that have excess body fat or loose skin.
In a lower body lift, surgical procedures might include a butt lift, a tummy tuck, and a thigh lift. In an upper body lift procedure, surgical procedures that are typically included are a Brachioplasty or an arm lift and back lift, and in women, it includes a breast lift. In a full-body lift, both upper and lower body lift surgeries are included and this procedure is usually performed in stages that are spread several months apart to provide patients with sufficient healing period.
Patients who undergo body lift surgery are those who have lost a significant amount of weight, which in most cases can be about 50 percent of their body weight. This weight loss can be a result of dietary changes and exercise routines or because of undergoing bariatric surgery.
In some cases, patients who undergo certain plastic surgery procedures might also select body lift surgery. Having undergone these immense changes in their body weight and also to prevent discomfort and hygiene issues caused by loose skin around the midsection, a large number of patients opt for a body lift. To undergo a body lift, you should have a stable body weight - meaning you do not intend on losing any more weight.
The ideal or stable weight should be maintained for a minimum duration of six months. This is necessary as it allows the doctor to assess the amount of excess skin or loose tissue that will have to be removed. You should also be a non-smoker as this will promote a healthy recovery. Body lift surgery can also be an effective cosmetic surgery procedure for patients who have not necessarily undergone massive weight loss but are looking for a more contoured waistline or midsection definition.
Every patient is unique and special in their needs and expectations. And this is the founding principal in which we base our patient experience.
Your comfort and trust are of paramount importance to us. This is something that Dr. Ortegon establishes with each and every patient because he strongly believes the best results can only be accomplished in a partnership that is built on trust. It is because of this trust that an overwhelming number of patients come to Dr. Ortegon for their plastic surgery requirements – including patients who are looking for the best body lift in San Antonio.Meet Dr. Ortegon
“Coming to Dr. Ortegon was the best thing I could have ever done. I immediately felt comfortable with the doctor’s knowledge, professionalism, patience, and willingness to take his time to explain the procedures! His staff was just as kind and patient and just being there for me I would recommend Dr. Ortegon to anybody who wants anything done. A better choice is not possible! Thank you for making me get my self- confidence back.”
— Sincerely, Ofie Bernard
Your body lift can be done in a single operation or in several stages, so your recovery time varies. After your San Antonio body lift, you will feel tired and sore and need to stay on bed rest for a day or so.
After the second day, Dr. Ortegon will ask you to walk with assistance. During the initial recovery period, you will have drainage tubes in place to collect fluids and you will wear a compression garment for several weeks as you complete recovery. Follow our plastic surgeons' specific instructions for your recovery, so you can get back to a normal routine in good time.
The procedure is performed in a circumferential manner. Dr. Ortegon will make incisions around your midsection in order to remove the belt of excess hanging skin. They will also use liposuction to remove localized fat deposits. When they have removed an adequate amount of skin, he will redrape it in a more taut appearance and close the incisions with sutures.
During your consultation, Dr. Ortegon will detail the customized techniques they will use for your surgery. Generally, though, a body lift takes two to five hours to complete.
No. A lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Body lift is an extensive procedure. In a substantial number of cases, a body lift is frequently combined with other post-bariatric (weight loss) procedures for a comprehensive approach. The doctor may also recommend procedures such as arm lift, breast lift, tummy tuck, and other skin-tightening techniques.
So, based on the degree or the extent of your body lift surgery, and the number of other surgical procedures that might be included, you can expect a downtime of around six to eight weeks.
Dr. Ortegon will take care to make incisions in the natural folds of your skin where they are minimally visible.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation with the renowned San Antonio plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Delio Ortegon. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
4910 Golden Quail Suite 140, San Antonio, TX 78240