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After undergoing bariatric surgery or losing a dramatic quantity of weight through diet and exercise, you are in a healthier condition – but may have been left with significant amounts of excess, hanging skin. For the final part of your journey, a full or partial body lift in Irvine might be needed. These procedures remove the excess skin and tissue for the finishing touches to your new, slimmer body.

What can a body lift do for me?

If you have lost a dramatic quantity of weight, the areas left with hanging skin can include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back 
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs 
  • Waist
  • Hips 
  • Upper arms
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Treating excess facial and neck skin

If you have an excess of skin on the face and neck, a facelift or non-surgical skin tightening procedure may be performed. Some patients’ skin will not respond to non-surgical skin tightening, so the first step in achieving the body you want is to meet with our plastic surgeon to get your questions answered.

What is an upper body lift?

An upper body lift in Orange County focuses on the back, arms, and breasts. Excess fat and skin are removed in these areas, and the remaining skin is contoured to create a very natural, firm look to your upper body, with excess skin and tissue removed.

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What is a lower body lift?

A lower body lift, or torso lift, involves removing excess fat and skin from the area of the midsection. These areas can include the abdomen, buttocks, hips, love handles, and thighs. The incision is made around the belt-line and across the lower part of the stomach, down to the inner thighs. 

Excess fat and skin are removed, and the remaining skin is pulled for a tighter, smoother appearance. Because our surgeons strive to create the most natural-looking appearance, we recommend that the lower body lift is performed in two surgeries.

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Why choose South Coast Plastic Surgery for a body lift?

Once you have achieved your weight loss goals, your final step is a body lift in Ladera Ranch to remove excess skin and tissue – and you’ll want your results to be perfect. We are thrilled to be considered the premier body lift surgeons in the Irvine area and to see the pleasure we bring to our patients after this surgery! We offer advanced surgical skills and a patient-centered practice where you will feel comfortable, cared for, and empowered. We invite you to meet with us and discover a new kind of plastic surgery practice where the results are superior, and the level of patient care is truly extraordinary.

What is the recovery time?

Our Orange County body lift procedures require a significant amount of healing time, and a typical recovery is longer than it is with body sculpting procedures that don’t require the removal of excess skin. You will be wearing tight-fitting compression garments immediately following surgery. You can expect to wear these compression garments continuously (except while bathing) for six weeks. Drains are typically placed, and will be removed within the first week. While the drains are in place, you can shower as usual, but should refrain from taking baths or being submerged in water.

The most important part of your post-operative instructions is that you must be out of bed and walking the same day as the surgery. Taking light walks immediately following post-weight loss surgery is the most effective method of reducing the risk of a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg (DVT), which is a potential complication of this surgery.

Patients who are at high risk for DVT will be given a prescription for a blood thinner to be taken after their procedure.

Meet your plastic surgeon, Dr. Song

Dr. Song is among the most talented plastic surgeons in the greater Orange County area for body contouring after dramatic weight loss. His approach is 100% customized in every case, with every procedure performed by a true master of the art. His warm demeanor, kindness, and dedication to helping his patients live happier, more confident lives have made him the premier plastic surgeon for body contouring after weight loss.

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Find out more about surgery after weight loss in Irvine and Ladera Ranch

Are you considering undergoing a body lift procedure? To schedule a private consultation with our talented, board-certified plastic surgeon, please fill out the form on this page or call us today. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA, Ladera Ranch, CA, and the greater Orange County area.

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What can I expect after post-weight loss surgery?

You can expect to experience swelling and bruising. Although you will notice a dramatic change in your body almost instantaneously, the final result will be evident closer to six months following surgery.

What will the scars be like?

As your procedure will involve the surgical removal of excess skin, it is impossible to avoid scarring after a body lift procedure. However, scars typically become lighter over time and less visible. Most people feel the tradeoff is worth it – no more excess skin and the ability to wear standard clothing with confidence, with all worries about sagging skin becoming a thing of the past. The incisions are placed with extreme care so that they are as invisible as possible under normal conditions.

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