In body conscious America, liposuction has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries. More than any other procedure, a body lift can truly be a life-changing event, and Edina Plastic Surgery is the place to come for expertise in body lifts.

The person that is the best candidate for this procedure has skin laxity which extends around the body. This condition may be the result of massive weight loss, such as gastric  bypass surgeries, large pregnancies, or even genetically lax skin.

Typically the goals of a body lift are to tighten the abdominal skin and muscle, and to lift the thigh and buttock areas. The body lift scars are customized to match the patient’s needs and can be designed to lift different areas of the body, depending on the patient’s own shape and goals.

The body lift procedure leaves a significant scar, but that scar is necessary to obtain even more significant results. The body lift procedure is an extension of the classic abdominoplasty. In some cases it can be done in conjunction with minor shaping liposuction. It is usually done as on an outpatient basis, but for some patients hospital stays may be indicated.

To reduce postsurgical risk and speed recovery, at Edina Plastic Surgery we use pain management that allows early walking. It is usually 2-3 weeks before the patient can return to work, and it can be 2-3 months before all normal activities can be fully resumed. As with all body contouring procedures, the patient has to be dedicated to the result and must use a common sense approach to diet and exercise to maintain his or her results.

The risks of blood transfusion and/or infection are very low; but smokers and extremely overweight patients are not good candidates for this procedure. Patients who have had massive weight loss by bariatric surgery should be at least one year out from their surgery and should have maintained their weight, within 10-20 lbs of their goal weight for at least 6 months.

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