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Body Lift in Nashville, TN
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.
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.
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 the 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.