A body lift is a procedure that is designed to address loose tissue located in the abdominal area as well as the hips and lower back. Some patients who have laxity in the outer thighs and buttocks will also benefit from this procedure. At Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff's plastic surgery practice in St. Louis, Missouri, we focus much of our work on helping to reshape and redefine the contour of the body .
A body with good tone and well-defined contours is our aesthetic goal and is aided by being dedicated to a healthy diet and fitness routine. Unfortunately, not all people are able to achieve their desired results, even with determination and a regular routine. If you have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours that your efforts have not helped to alleviate, you may want to consider a body lift.
Some factors that can contribute to poor skin elasticity may include:
- Sun damage
- Weight fluctuations
These factors may affect several different areas of the body including the upper arms, back, chest, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. A body lift can be combined with other procedures to achieve a complete body rejuvenation. A body lift can also help to reduce the appearance of an irregular skin surface and dimpling This condition is better known as cellulite.
What a Body Lift Can Do
A body lift can reduce excess skin in the abdominal area which may also extend to the sides and lower back. It can also lift and reshape sagging buttocks. For some people that have been overweight, the problem may be in the skin of the groin area that sags into the inner thigh area. This can also be improved with a body lift. Finally, patients whose outer thighs have an excessive amount of skin can benefit from a body lift. During the procedure, excess skin is removed in order to tighten and reshape the abdomen and lower back and lift loose thigh skin.
What a Body Lift Can't Do
Body lifts, like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, have certain limitations. They cannot redesign your body and make it look like the latest model on television. They are also not intended strictly for removing excess fat. If a patient requires the removal of excess fat in conjunction with a body lift, then liposuction can be combined with the body lift procedure.
Body lifts can achieve very impressive results in the appropriate patients. If you have significant looseness of your skin then a body lift may be the right choice for you.
To learn more about how Dr. Kofkoff performs body lift procedures in St. Louis, Missouri or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.