Bariatric surgery and extreme weight loss are seemingly on the rise. This increase in numbers is due in large part to a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who are categorized in the obese or overweight category. However, once many lose weight, the side effects of stretched skin can be difficult. This is where 360 lower body lift surgery comes in to address loose, hanging skin that exists as a result of massive weight loss, pregnancy, or even age and sun damage.
This procedure raises, firms, and tightens excess skin and fat along the thighs, buttocks, hips, groin, waist, or abdomen. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills offers this contouring procedure to reshape certain areas of the body if you have been affected by significant weight loss. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen expertly performs 360 lower body lifts to create a more youthful and pleasing body contour for his patients.
Ideal candidates for lower body lift
Typically, body lifts are performed on those men and women who have significant amounts of hanging skin along with multiple areas of the body. The goal is to transform the patient’s body into a more “normal” appearance after their skin’s elasticity has been lost due to extreme weight loss or age-related changes. However, a body lift cannot remove fat deposits. It is recommended that Beverly Hills patients be at or near their ideal weight before considering this transformative surgery. The best candidates for a body lift are:
· Patients who do not use tobacco products
· Those who are in good health
· Committed to a healthy lifestyle
· Ones with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
How a 360 body lift is performed
Excess sagging skin can lead to undesirable issues, such as an increased risk of skin infections for many men and women who were once overweight. Aside from that, stubborn fat can be a self-confidence killer, especially since patients may have worked so hard to lose weight. A 360 body lift is an effective and innovative solution that resolves these issues so you can feel comfortable in your own body again.
There are several types of body lifts. There is an upper or lower body lift, while the 360 body lift designed for the mid and lower body. These procedures are personalized based on your unique form and the final results you’re looking for. Dr. Katzen makes an incision around the waist based on how much skin removal is needed. Another incision technique is across the lower abdomen and around the hips. We then perform liposuction to remove the fat and then tighten the loose muscles of the abdomen and other areas. To address the skin, Dr. Katzen trims away the loose skin before securing it with sutures.
The surgery requires 1 – 3 nights' stay in the surgical center, so make sure you have arranged for help that can take you home from the surgery to rest. Wearing compression garments will help minimize any swelling, bleeding, and bruising you may experience.
A lower body lift is major surgery. Patients should anticipate about two weeks of reduced activity before resuming their normal schedule. Your gym schedule and any type of strenuous activity can take up to a six-month hiatus. Dr. Katzen will review all post-operative care instructions, which include what to expect from recovery and wound care so that your scar can eventually fade in time. Taking care of yourself following surgery will pay off. Patients love the results of their smoother, tighter bodies without the hanging, loose skin that got in the way of their lives.
Dr. Katzen often performs a 360 lower body lift in conjunction with other surgeries to fully enhance his patient’s results. Other body lifting procedures that pair nicely and are often desired include a breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, or butt lift. Also, due to extreme weight loss that affects the elasticity of facial skin as well, many Beverly Hills patients turn to the rejuvenating effects from a facelift, neck lift, or brow lift to enhance their appearance.
Is a body lift covered by insurance?
The good news is that your insurance company may cover a portion of the procedure. While the exact answer varies for every patient, insurance policy, and procedure, there is a good chance that at least some part will be taken care of, giving your wallet a break. The team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills will meet with you to discuss billing and work with your insurance company.
Call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills
The only sure way to understand the ins and outs of this procedure, including insurance coverage, is to schedule a consultation at our office. Contact our team so they can sit down with you and have a private discussion that addresses all your concerns. We can’t wait to celebrate your weight loss victory with you. If you are still struggling with stubborn pockets of fat and sagging, drooping skin, allow our experienced team to help.