If you have experienced a significant weight fluctuation due to pregnancy, weight loss, or other circumstances, you may have some excess skin lingering on certain areas of your body. For patients who have lost a remarkable amount of weight — usually 100 pounds or more — sagging skin can be a relatively serious issue, both cosmetically and functionally. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen offers men and women the option to safely and effectively get rid of excess skin through the revolutionary 360 circumferential lower body lift. This surgical procedure from J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills allows patients to enjoy their new bodies to the fullest.
Will I need skin removal after weight loss?
As we age, and particularly when skin has been stretched out for an extended period of time, we lose some of our skin’s natural elasticity. This makes it difficult for the skin to bounce back to its original shape once weight has been lost. After a patient loses weight, the skin will remain stretched out and will often sag, ripple, and wrinkle, hindering the ability to wear certain clothes and comfortably engage in physical activities. When this occurs, surgery may be a patient’s best option for removing the excess skin and fat.
What is a 360 body lift?
Dr. Katzen developed his trademark 360 circumferential lower body lift procedure as a way to achieve dramatic and beautiful results for after weight loss patients. Also known as a 360 body lift or beltectomy, this involved and complex procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from 4 – 7 hours, depending on the patient’s body, the amount of excess skin being removed, and any complementary procedures being performed. During a 360 lower body lift, Dr. Katzen makes an incision that wraps entirely around the patient’s midsection. This allows for the largest amount of skin removal possible.
How can a 360 lower body lift help me after weight loss?
The most significant benefit of a 360 body lift after weight loss or pregnancy is its ability to rid patients of excess skin. Dr. Katzen will often perform liposuction at the same time as a 360 body lift in order to remove stubborn pockets of fat and further enhance a patient’s final results. The key goal of a 360 lower body lift is to give patients a smooth, taut, natural contour across the lower body. The areas that are most commonly addressed by a 360 body lift:
- Lower back
- Upper thighs
If you have concerns about excess skin on other areas, Dr. Katzen can discuss additional options with you, including an arm lift.
What is the recovery like after a 360 lower body lift?
Each person’s recovery period varies, but in general, patients should expect the recovery from a 360 body lift to be fairly lengthy and somewhat intense. Most patients will spend at least one night in a monitored medical facility before being released to the care of a friend or family member to continue their recovery at home. It can take up to two weeks to resume normal daily activities. It is essential that patients plan accordingly and have help arranged for the first several weeks after their procedure.
You will likely be instructed to wear compression garments to help control bruising, bleeding, and swelling. These garments play a major role in promoting proper healing, so it is important that you wear them as directed. Dr. Katzen will provide a full list of postoperative instructions that should be strictly followed. This includes prescribed medications to take, as well as activities to avoid.
It may take 4 – 6 weeks until a patient is ready to return to work and other physical activities, and it is around this time that the swelling will begin to subside and preliminary results will be visible.
When is the best time to get a 360 body lift?
The ideal timing for a 360 body lift can depend on a variety of factors. In general, patients considering a 360 body lift procedure should be within within 5 – 10 pounds of their goal weight, and have maintained that weight for at least six months. It is also highly recommended that women are finished having children before undergoing a 360 body lift, as future pregnancies can compromise the results of their surgery.
The first step in determining if a 360 circumferential body lift is right for you is to be evaluated by a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is an award-winning weight loss surgery specialist and can help guide you through the process. Call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to schedule your consultation with Dr. Katzen today, and learn more about how you can achieve the body you’ve worked so hard for with a 360 body lift.