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Body Lift in Shreveport Louisiana 

Those who have already succeeded in shedding the excess pounds that they have – be it from surgical or non-surgical interventions – have one final thing to deal with … their body bodies before and after appearance.

It’s now the presence of excess skin which can look unsightly around the abdominal, hip and back regions. Fortunately, Bridges to Beauty has been performing Body Lift’s in Louisiana and the surrounding area for the past 25 years.  We’d be happy to assist you with any questions as you learn more about the body lift process. Feel free to read below regarding the entire process and call to ask any questions.

You can view some of our amazing Louisiana Body Lift Before and After Photos here. The transformations can be truly life changing.

Body Lift Procedure: The Basics

A body lift removes the heavy, sweaty, excess skin of the abdomen and flanks. It provides better contour – allowing you to wear the clothes you want.

Who is a candidate?  

Most candidates for our Body Lift procedure have undergone massive weigh loss – either by non-surgical or surgical interventions.  This results in excessive amounts of skin draping over the abdominal, hip and back regions in a circumferential manner.  This excess skin tends to create damp and irritated areas between the skin folds while also making it difficult to fit into desired clothes despite the massive weight loss.   To obtain a healthier physical appearance, the Body Lift procedure with associated abdominal muscle tightening is often required.

A Body Lift is designed contour the body to a more pleasing appearance. This cosmetic procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and back by using an incision that encircles the lower part of the trunk region.  The buttocks is often augmented with the nature fat present in the region, since most buttocks in these cases are flat.  Also, abdominal wall muscles are tightened since many spread apart from the pressure of the previous intra-abdominal fat.   The result is a flatter, slimmer tightened trunkal profile with better buttock projection.

 Is BODY LIFT right for me?

Body Lifts, as well as other skin excising and tightening procedures, are best suited for women and men who are healthy, but have loose abdominal and flank skin. This skin has lost its elasticity and will not snap back to the trunkal region after weight loss.

You may be a good candidate for Body Lift if you have one or more of the following:

  • Excess or loose, sagging abdominal and flank skin.
  • Suffer from chronic irritation due to the dampness between the folds of skin.
  • Abdominal; muscles that have been weakened by previous intra-abdominal fat.
  • You are in good physical health.

If you still have a significant amount of weight to lose, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Bridges.  Scars from previous abdominal surgeries may limit the results of a Body Lift. However, in some cases, an existing scar can be removed or extended for the new incision, as is often the case for women with Cesarean section scars.  Depending on the location of previous scars or excess laxity of skin in the abdomen a vertical midline incision maybe recommended along with the circumferential incision.

What comes with a Body Lift Consultation 

The best first step  towards scheduling your body lift is a free consultation with Dr. Bridges. During this meeting, Dr. Bridges will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic and physical goals for the surgery.

You should arrive at the consultation prepared to provide complete information about:

  • Any Previous surgical procedures
  • Any medical conditions, these could be past or present
  • If you are taking nutritional supplements,herbal remedies or on Medication.

When examining your trunk, Dr. Bridges will evaluate:

  • The quality of your trunkal skin.
  • The location of any existing scars.
  • The amount and location of any excess fat.
  • The status of the underlying muscles.

How is a Body Lift performed?

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area and extended around body at a level just above the buttocks.  Sometimes, the incision over the buttocks will connect in the mid-line depending on the amount of excess skin and its elasticity. In other words, the looser the skin that needs to be removed, the longer the incision will be.  In most patients, Dr. Bridges keeps the incision within swimsuit lines when possible. Working through this incision, the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened by pulling them together and stitching them in place to correct laxity in the muscular abdominal wall. Any excess skin from the lower trunk is trimmed away.  In many cases, a patient may require an associated buttocks lift to get the best overall proportions.

For a Body Lift in Shreveport procedure, an incision is also made around the navel in order to allow movement of excess skin above the belly button to be pulled downward and removed.  Although the navel’s position remains unchanged, its appearance may be slightly altered.    In most cases, in order to get the best contours, a vertical abdominal incision is recommended to get the excess skin that exists horizontal to the abdominal region.  This will result in an upside down “T” incision associated with the abdomen.   In cases were a vertical incision already exists due to previous surgeries, this is rarely an issue for a patient desiring the best shape and is not concerned about extra incisions.

Are there other options?  

Another option exists aside from a Bodylift, which simply excises the excess skin in the abdominal region.   Excess skin above the belly button is not excised but a total removal and re-draping of the trunkal skin is not completely accomplished.  Liposuction alone would make the skin excess worse.  Liposuction is like deflating a balloon.  If the balloon is not elastic enough, it is not going to snap back to the trunkal region.  Stretch marks are a good sign of loss of skin elasticity.

How will I learn about the safety of Body Lift?

Hundreds of people from around the state including Shreveport go through procedures like Body Lift every single year. Bridges to Beauty is a premier medical establishment that also performing Body Lift’s in Alexandria LA. A Body Lift is a quite extensive procedure, so it is essential for you to be informed of the risks as well as the benefits. One of the most important parts of your consultation is the discussion that you and Dr. Bridges will have about the possible complications of a Body Lift.  Be sure to raise any questions or concerns that you may have about the safety of the procedure.  A medical clearance for your medical doctor will be needed prior to a Body Lift.

What do I need to do to prepare for a Body Lift Surgery? 

When the date for your surgical procedure has been set, Dr. Bridges will provide you with specific instructions for the days immediately before and after your surgery. A number of points may be covered, including:

  • Avoiding certain medications that may complicate surgery or recovery.
  • Stopping smoking for a period of time before and after surgery.
  • Arranging for help or special care following surgery.

How will I be cared for on the day of my surgery?

A body lift may be performed as an out -patient or in-patient procedure.

There will be medications administered to keep you comfortable including general anesthetics that will keep you asleep during the entire procedure. A body lift can take up to 5 to 6 hours to perform so your family members need to be aware of its length.

After my surgery, how will I look and feel?

After you have completed your surgery, we have a recovery area that you will start your recovery process in.  During this time, ensuring your continued comfort can be assisted with additional pain medications as needed. A compression dressing will be applied to your abdomen as well as sterile gauze and tape after the surgery.

Sleeping in a lounge chair is preferable to sleeping in a bed for the first 4 days after the surgery.  It’s just easier to get out of a lounge chair than a bed after muscles have been tightened.  Although you may not be able to stand perfectly straight at first, you will be encouraged to get out of your chair soon after surgery to promote blood circulation. In this early phase of healing, straining, bending and lifting should be avoided.

You can expect your body lift recovery time to follow the following general timeline.

Within the first and second week

  • Surgical drainage tubes will be removed, approximately 10 days from surgery.
  • Stitches will be removed (may take 10 days).
  • Bruising and swelling will typically reach their peak during this time.  This is normal.
  • Beginning at 8 to 10 days a massage will be arranged to promote reduction of swelling. The massages will be once a week for 4 weeks.

After several weeks

  • You will need to wear support garment for 3 months.
  • You may gradually increase your activity and exercise.
  • You may return to nonstrenuous work (typically within the first 3 weeks).
  • Bruising and Swelling are common with any major surgery, you can expect this to subside and you’ll start to see your results.
  • Avoid any warming pads on the abdomen.  They will end up burning the numb skin.

After a few months

Once the “after” portion of the Body Lift before and after experience begins, You’ll see a truest picture of the final result of your surgery.  All patients are elated with the surgery right after it is performed but that is a result with a lot of swelling.

  • Feelings of  tightness will slowly subside. Your incision line may begin to fade from its reddish color (full fading may take a year or more).
  • In the months following surgery, it’s important to treat your healing skin with extra care – that means avoiding sun exposure and not wearing black or other dark colored clothing when you are outdoors. Heat absorbed by dark-colored clothing can actually burn your healing skin and complicate recovery. (Extremely rare.)  Avoid the use of heating pads after the surgery, because you will certainly burn yourself.  Numb areas will blister or burn because of lack of sensation.
  • The numbness of the skin will begin to improve, however numbness below the belly button may take several years to completely resolve.  Some areas may remain permanently numb.

What should I expect from the results of my lift?

Quite soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Many people find that their firmer, flatter abdomen boosts their confidence and makes them feel more comfortable in clothing.  However, be prepared to have areas of slow healing in most cases.  Since the undermining and removal of skin is extensive, the blood supply to the distal flaps may have slow healing.  Sometimes, this means a breakdown of the wound which, in many cases, will heal all on its own.  As I tell people, “It’s the nature of the beast.”  Fluid collection underneath the skin is very common even when the drains have been left for extended periods of time.  This can be resolved by tapping off the fluid on your weekly visits after the operation when you get your massage therapy.

As the months pass, your incision line will continue to fade. However, it’s important to realize that your scar will be a permanent scar. Consider this as a small trade-off for your body’s firmer, sleeker appearance.

Body Lifts produce long-lasting results. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, you can expect to retain your new shape for many years.

How long will I continue to see Dr. Bridges?

After your initial healing period, you will return to Dr. Bridges’s office for a post-operative checkup to evaluate your healing process. Dr. Bridges may ask you to return for periodic check-ups over the next couple of months to continue to monitor your progress and ensure your healing is on track. It’s important to keep these appointments so that Dr. Bridges can assess your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Get in touch with us for more info on Body Lift!

If you would like to take part in a Body Lift procedure and you live in Shreveport LA, Longview, ARKLATEX, East Texas or the general Arkansas area, you can make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Bridges. Please fill out the contact form or call (318) 219-8555.