Body Reconstruction (Body Lift) Basics
A Body Lift, or Body Reconstruction, is a procedure which removes the excess skin and fat from the abdomen, outer thighs and buttocks. It is a tummy tuck all around the body. Dr. Stiller helped develop a new, innovative Lipo-Body Lift procedure which can be performed as an outpatient surgery without the use of drains. During this procedure, not only will the skin be tightened, but Liposuction will also reduce the fat in these problem areas. The muscles of the abdomen can be tightened as with an Abdominoplasty. Both men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight or find changes in their torso with aging seek this procedure. Once you’ve reached your goal, you might find that your new, healthier, thinner body needs some additional fine-tuning. That’s because a large amount of excess skin that has been stretched around the abdomen, arms, legs, breasts and face may have lost its elasticity. After significant weight loss, the skin often fails to shrink back to its former size and shape. Dr. Stiller of Stiller Aesthetics offers body contouring procedures designed specifically for patients who have achieved significant weight loss or excess skin due to pregnancy. Call Stiller Aesthetics today for you free, private consultation with Dr. Stiller and learn more about our Body Reconstruction procedures. You deserve to Be the you, You want to be.
Body Reconstruction Benefits
- Tightened and firm skin
- Reduction of excess skin and fat
- Contoured appearance of certain areas of the body
- Overall symmetry of the body
- Enhances self confidence
Best Candidates For A Body Reconstruction
The best candidate for a Body Lift is a healthy, physically fit individual who has excess skin and fat in the midsection that doesn’t respond to exercise. Most commonly, men and women who have had massive weight loss find that the skin doesn’t have the elasticity to respond to the loss of weight. A Body Lift is not a substitute for weight loss; it is designed for re-contouring the torso making the abdomen flatter and lifting the buttock and outer thighs. Think carefully about your expectations and desires and discuss them with Dr. Stiller. A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to your results. Your consultation is a time for you to communicate your expectations to Dr. Stiller and to work together to choose the best procedure for you.
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Get To Know Your Doctor
Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller Aesthetics want to get to know you and understand the you, you want to be. Convey your goals and expectations during initial consultation. Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. During the consultation, Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area and go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure you decide on, All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Pre-operative and post-operative process will be detailed to you and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you have.
During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Stiller Aesthetics staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last-minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.
As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.
1. Getting Ready For Surgery
During your consultation, an explanation of preoperative and postoperative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Stiller Aesthetics staff member will contact you a few days prior to surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last-minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
2. Surgery Day
Do not eat or drink eight hours prior to your surgery. You should wear a button-down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers. You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time. You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
3. The Surgery
After the Body Lift you will be placed in a compression garment. You will need to wear this for two weeks all the time followed by two weeks during activity. You will likely feel tired and sore a few days following the Body Lift, but we want you walking immediately after the surgery. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications.
4. After The Surgery
Following surgery, you will likely have drainage from your incisions. Any discomfort you feel should be controlled with oral pain medications prescribed by Dr. Stiller. Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a week or two. Resumption of exercise and normal activity will be directed by Dr. Stiller during your follow-up evaluations. The decision for a Body Lift is a very personal choice. The most important thing is how you feel. If your goals have been met, then your Body Lift was a success. However, it is important to continue follow-ups as recommended by Dr. Stiller. It is also important to continue a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain your results.