Nashville Cosmetic Surgery: Don Griffin, MD
4322 Harding Pike #314
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 321-1003
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
If you are investigating a body lift at our Nashville, Tennessee, practice, congratulations! You are on a journey that has most likely been the process of many years and lots of hard work and sacrifice. You are happier, healthier, and probably more active. And fitting into new, smaller clothing enhances your excitement. But many people feel uncomfortable with areas of excess skin after weight loss and come to our office for help. Patients who come to our practice for body lift surgery usually know from internet research and from talking to other body lift patients that Dr. Griffin specializes in body lift surgery and achieves wonderful results.
What Is Body Lift?
Body lift surgery is the term for procedures performed after major weight loss to remove the excess fat and skin and elevate and tighten sagging tissues. Patients who have lost more than half of their body weight usually have multiple areas of the body that need to be treated. Sometimes procedures are combined, and in other cases they are staged—whichever is safer for the patient.
By using a combination of specialized techniques, Dr. Griffin is able to improve the shape and appearance of massive weight loss patients, allowing them the freedom to wear fitted clothing again. Areas that typically need lifting and tightening include the following:
- Abdomen, hips, and lower back
- Breasts and upper back
- Buttocks and inner thighs
- Outer thighs
Don Griffin M.D., FACS
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.Meet Dr. Griffin
A mid-body lift or trunk lipectomy as performed by Dr. Griffin addresses the loose skin of the abdomen, hips, lower back, outer thighs and buttock area. This procedure is like an abdominoplasty with the incision running all the way around the body. A thigh lift removes loose skin from the inner thighs with an incision in the groin crease and sometimes one extending down the inside of the leg. Loose arm skin is corrected with a brachioplasty procedure and upper back rolls are removed with an upper back lift procedure. Sagging breasts are improved with a breast lift or breast lift with augmentation.
The result of these procedures whether done individually or combined is a more natural, proportional appearance to the body with smoother contours. This is, in essence, the final phase of your total weight loss experience.
It is important to know that some patients, depending on their goals, may require multiple procedures on different areas to achieve their ideal result. For some, these procedures can be combined in one operation, but it may take as many as three surgeries to achieve the optimal result.
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What Should You Expect?
Body lift surgery is a complex, multi-step process that can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours, depending upon the areas to be targeted and amount of work to be done. Patients usually stay at least one night in the hospital under medical supervision. Drains remain for 1 to 2 weeks. Recovery time of 2 to 4 weeks is usually necessary, depending on how many procedures are combined.
The results of body lift surgery following weight loss are visible almost immediately. Return to normal activity and exercising may take several months. Visible scars will fade over time but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general level of fitness.