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Body Lift Denver

Body Lift

Most people who have undergone a significant amount of weight loss either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery will experience a varying degree of excess or loose skin. This excess skin does not shrink down and no amount of diet and exercise will eliminate this problem. A surgical solution such as body lift is really the only answer. This is the most popular procedure in massive weight loss patients who see Dr. Squires at Squires Plastic Surgery in Denver. Dr. Squires routinely performs body contouring procedures and is considered one of Denver’s most experienced practitioners.

The body contouring may be as simple as abdominoplasty but may also include the flanks and back which is called a circumferential body lift. Also, the thighs and buttocks may be lifted and tightened. The excess, hanging skin of arms is corrected in a procedure called Brachioplasty. 

If you are interested in a body lift in the Denver, Colorado area, contact us or call 303-321-3210 to schedule a consultation.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for body contouring surgery are generally healthy people who have lost the vast majority of their weight and have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Patients with significant medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and diabetes are considered high risk and not good candidates for surgery. 

Incisions

The abdominoplasty incision starts low in the pubic area and extends below the beltline to the flanks. In a complete body lift, the incision will extend around to the back. In all cases, the incision is kept low so it can be hidden in shorts or a bikini bottom.

Recovering From a Body Lift

Recovery is generally nowhere near as bad as most people expect. During surgery, a generous amount of long-acting local anesthetic is used. Also, a regimen of multimodal pain management is performed. Tylenol, ibuprofen, Neurontin and low-dose Valium are typically given around-the-clock. This generally makes the pain very tolerable. Narcotics are prescribed as needed but most people use a day or two at the most. Most body contouring is performed as an outpatient and you will be out of bed and walking the next day. Most people are able to drive by a week and by 3-4 weeks are back to most normal activities.