As you’ve neared your goal, you also know that there’s another phase of the journey: skin removal after weight loss. In New York, we perform body lift surgery and other cosmetic procedures for people like you often. More than some of cosmetic surgery options we offer, body contouring after weight loss requires significant investment by both patient and doctor. We’d like to offer up some things you can think about as you prepare for the finishing touches on your new physique.
• Your plastic surgeon must be highly qualified.
Since body contouring after weight loss demands a variety of skills and techniques, and a high degree of customization, we suggest you seek an accomplished, seasoned, board certified plastic surgeon. It’s possible you’ll need not just skin removal, but liposuction, muscle repair, implants and other procedures along the way. Your doctor should be skilled and experienced in all this and more.
Another consideration is that body lift surgery is generally more invasive than other forms of cosmetic surgery and poses a few additional risks. You want to work with a plastic surgeon who knows how to minimize the possibility of complications. It’s worthwhile to travel to get the expertise you’re looking for.
• You will work in partnership with your doctor.
One reason we enjoy our work with New York body lift patients is we may have the chance to develop ongoing relationships with them. People who have lost weight often need more than one cosmetic surgery afterward, and it’s rewarding to partner with these men and women and treat them over time.
You will have many concerns we want to help with. How can you get the best bang for your buck? Can you have more than one area worked on at a time? How much down time can you expect with various procedures? When you come in to talk with us about body lift surgery in New York, we’ll address all these questions and many more you will have.
• A strategic plan is key to optimal results.
Forming a relationship means working with you to strategize about the ultimate outcome you hope for and how to get there. For instance, it’s generally a good idea to plan procedures from top to bottom because changes to upper regions tend to affect lower areas too. You can elevate some of the excess tissues around your abdomen and see that a lower body lift would have some impact on your thighs, rear and pubic area as well. For this reason, we would seldom recommend thigh lift surgery or other below the waist procedures first.
Because many patients find the lower body lift to be the most impactful procedure they elect, however, they sometimes want to get it done early. We can discuss tradeoffs, procedure timing and more during your consultation so you can make the choices that are right for you.
• Body lift surgery is challenging, and do-able.
No matter what you call it—extended tummy tuck, belt lipectomy, circumferential abdominoplasty or body lift—our New York patients plan thoroughly for body contouring surgery, and we provide extensive information and support to help them.
But even while you’re planning for friends or loved ones to assist you and preparing for an adequate recovery period, the procedure may not be quite the hurdle you anticipate. For one thing, we can often perform body lifts as an outpatient procedure in our fully-accredited, state of the art surgery center so you can go home the same day. Increasing evidence supports this approach, though if there’s any doubt we will suggest an overnight hospital stay.
Another advantage of working with us is our experience. While extended abdominoplasty surgery does pose slightly higher risks; our three decades of plastic surgery in Manhattan have given us insight into minimizing the possibility of seromas, excess bleeding and wound healing issues you may have researched.
• You can anticipate a life changing outcome.
We don’t need to tell you that dealing with redundant skin after weight loss is frustrating. Fortunately, body lift surgery can re-sculpt your appearance and make all the difference. RealSelf members give the procedure 96% thumbs up!
Indeed, men and women who review their outcome do use terms like “life changing.” And “incredible,” “miracle,” and “transformation.” Studies also demonstrate that body contouring is key to satisfaction after weight loss.
We would be very pleased to consult with you about a body lift in New York. We can get started via Skype or Zoom if you’re not local, then you can decide whether to fly in for surgery. We’re with you all the way, and we would truly enjoy being part of your journey to health and confidence!
You can reach us at 212-570-6080.