Are you dreaming of a flat, sexy tummy, a slender waist, and uplifted buns and thighs after losing weight?
Have you lost a massive amount of weight either from diet and exercise or weight loss surgery? If so, congratulations to you, it is a significant, life-changing achievement! But now that you have lost the weight, are you bothered by excessive loose, hanging skin around your belly, waist, and buttocks? Is this ruining the fit, sleek silhouette you envisioned after your successful weight loss? Do you feel like your weight loss journey is incomplete? If you are answering “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be a candidate for a body lift.
The only way to eliminate the large amount of loose skin that remains after massive weight loss is through surgical excision. You’ve lost the weight. Now let Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Petrungaro tone and lift your midsection to help you achieve the body you know you deserve.
What is a Body Lift?
A body lift removes excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat from the entire midsection of the body. This procedure, also known as a “belt lipectomy”, improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. The procedure can improve dimpled, irregular skin surfaces, which is commonly known as cellulite.
Areas that are addressed in a body lift typically include:
- Abdominal area
- Lower Back
- Pubic area
Every candidate for a body lift presents a different set of challenges. Based on your goals and Doctor Petrungaro’s clinical evaluation, a treatment plan will be recommended that will help you safely attain your goals. In many cases only one procedure is necessary. In others, it may require a staged approach with more than one surgery required to address all areas.
Who is a candidate for body lift surgery?
A body lift is a major surgical procedure. In general, body lift candidates include:
- Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in the abdomen, flanks, back, buttocks, and outer thighs
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
Body Lift Procedure
*Your results will vary.
A body lift is done under general anesthesia. The surgery itself takes approximately 5-6 hours. You may stay in the hospital overnight, and then you can complete your recovery in the comfort of your own home. Other patients elect to go home the same day under the close supervision of friends or family and with the permission of Doctor Petrungaro.
Prior to your surgery, Doctor Petrungaro will review the exact technique he will use during your procedure and answer all questions you may have. He encourages his patients to get all of their concerns addressed, no matter how small. He wants his patients to be confident that they have made the right decision, and wants them to feel they received the best results in a full body lift that Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland have to offer.
The procedure involves using incisions in a bikini pattern to tighten the abdomen, waist, buttocks, thighs, and groin. If there is a curtain of excess skin and fat around the entire body, then the incision is made around the circumference, removing the excess and tightening the underlying tissues. Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help anchor the newly shaped body contours into place. The skin incisions are closed using absorbable stitches deep to the skin. Prior to final closure, drains will be placed around the waist, typically 2 in the abdominal area and 2 in the back area. These drains will be removed in the clinic at approximately 7-14 days after surgery. Every attempt is made to ensure the scars will remain hidden beneath clothing, underwear, or bathing suits. Liposuction may be needed in conjunction with the surgery or at a later time to achieve the best possible results.
Body Lift Recovery
*Your results will vary.
A body lift is a major surgical procedure, and full recovery takes 6-8 weeks. You will be expected to take at least 2 weeks off work and relax in the comfort of your home. It is important to have family or friends that can help you with basic tasks such as sitting, standing, and laying down for the first week. Swelling and bruising are to be expected but will begin to resolve after the first 2 weeks. Pain is typically well controlled by oral prescription pain medications.
You will be encouraged to walk around as soon as possible to prevent any complications such as forming bloodclots in your legs and to speed the healing process. There are no major dietary restrictions, but you should avoid food that might upset your stomach. It is also important to eat foods high in protein, as this will help with wound healing.
You will wear a compression garment for at least one month to help reduce surgical swelling. For the first few days you can elect to have sponge baths, but if you would like to shower it is allowed after 48 hours. All strenuous activity (running, sports, yoga, etc.) is absolutely restricted for 6-8 weeks. During your recovery, you will see Doctor Petrungaro in the office multiple times to make sure you are doing well and the wounds are healing nicely. As mentioned earlier, the surgical drains are typically removed in the office at 7-14 days.
Body Lift Results
*Your results will vary.
You will see immediate changes in the profile of your midsection, and it will continue to improve as swelling decreases in the first few months.
Your new shape and profile will continue to improve during the year following your surgery. It is important to adopt and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to insure that your results will last and that you love your new look for years to come. A body lift is an extremely gratifying Plastic Surgery procedure, and nearly all patients are ecstatic with their results after surgery.
Why choose body lift surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro?
Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has successfully completed many years of surgical training in all aspects of body contouring surgery. He is well versed in the established traditional methods as well as the latest and most innovative techniques in body lift surgery. He listens to his patients and respects their goals and wishes, and will always go the extra mile to deliver the most beautiful results possible.
If you are searching for a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with powerful results from your body lift coupled with the highest standards of patient safety and care, body lift surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro will be happy to consult with you regarding this life-changing procedure. Visit with Doctor Petrungaro in our Munster, IN office for an hour — you will leave knowing you have found the perfect partner in your quest to complete your weight loss journey!
If you are interested in a body lift and have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Doctor Jason Petrungaro at (219) 836-1163 or click to schedule a consultation online.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Dr. P and his wife are amazing!!! Dr P is one of the best doctors I know! He is very reassuring and HONEST! Unlike most doctors that just see you as another chart, he takes the time to get to know what your wants and needs are and answer all your questions, even answering the questions you didn’t even know you had! I have had meetings with other plastic surgeons in the area, and Dr. P is by far the best. I would suggest him to anyone who is looking to have any work done!!! Though I am still healing from my surgery, the results are already amazing!!! He took what I pictured in my head and did his “magic” to give me what I never thought possible!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A wonderful surgeon who does excellent work. He takes pride in his work and is amazing to his patients.