Body Lift for Men
After losing a significant amount of weight, some people are left with excess skin that can’t be removed with further diet and exercise alone. In cases like this, plastic surgery is the most powerful option to remove the excess skin. The result is an improved v-shaped contour, with a focus on the abdomen, outer thighs, buttocks, and waist regions. These are commonly the problem areas for loose skin.
What is a Body Lift For Men?
A body lift is a procedure that removes the excess skin from around the entire lower torso. This consists of your abdomen, outer thighs, and upper buttock/love handle area. The remaining skin on these areas is lifted and tightened to create a more toned and smoother look. A body lift is more extensive than a tummy tuck, which focuses mainly on the abdominal area.
Dr. Bray works to tighten and remove excess, saggy skin. His goal is to reshape the body in areas that cannot be toned with exercise or diet alone. The complexity of the surgery depends on the extent of what the patient requires, or wants. To help achieve the patient’s goals, Dr. Bray also offers customized contouring surgery in especially unique cases.
Since Dr. Bray works holistically, his body lifts are in-depth, requiring careful examination. This allows him to not only tighten and remove skin, but balance the body so that the proportions are fitting to the patient. If further surgeries could greatly contribute to the patient’s body goals, Dr. Bray will suggest them.
What Does a Full Body Lift Include?
A lower body lift combines two procedures, sometimes performed separately, in a single surgical stage. These consist of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and buttock lift together.
The tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty procedure, is a body contouring procedure to tighten loose skin around the belly. After significant weight loss, some may have excess skin at their stomach that is typically only correctable with surgery. Dr. Bray works to create a tightened, toned, and smoother abdomen that also assists in restoring weakened muscles.
There are multiple procedures to enhance a patient’s buttocks. Although Dr. Bray commonly performs BBLs to create a squarer, firmer butt, they are not always the correct option. For men with sagging, loose skin, Dr. Bray recommends a buttock lift. A buttock lift is similar to pulling your pants up so that they are snug around your butt. By creating an incision around the hip-bone and upper buttock region, Dr. Bray tightens and lifts excess skin to create a shapelier appearance.
The chest is a common area of concern in many men after massive weight loss. For those in this situation, who are in otherwise excellent health, a male breast reduction may be performed along with the lower body lift.
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Men who have lost substantial amounts of weight may be left with loose, sagging breasts. For this procedure, Dr. Bray repositions the skin and nipple, while tightening the skin. This is a rarer procedure and comes with a challenging recovery. Other factors that determine whether or not it should be performed are the patient’s age and health.
The Dr. Bray Difference
Dr. Bray has performed hundreds of body lifts with over 20 years of experience. In this time, he’s carefully honed his strategies, techniques, and technologies for body lifts. He’s also found which surgeries work well together, and when and why certain procedures can be done simultaneously. He specializes in massive weight loss patients and carefully strategizes each patient’s procedures.
Performing multiple surgeries in one session is complicated. As such, many doctors prefer only performing one at a time. The downside to this is the extended length of recoveries and the delayed final outcome. Dr. Bray, on the other hand, is willing to combine surgeries, under certain circumstances. The procedures must be safe to perform simultaneously, and the patient must be in good physical health and of appropriate age. They must also surgically complement each other. Otherwise, Dr. Bray performs the procedures separately. The benefit to combining surgeries is a quicker, and more efficient road to the outcome. Although the recovery can be more difficult, there are less recoveries to undergo.
Body Lift for Men: Before and During Treatment
The surgery can take up to 8 hours, depending on the complexity and number of procedures performed. Dr. Bray ensures that all of his patients have an in-depth understanding of the techniques, approach, potential complications, outcome, and healing process.
Good candidates for body lift for men
Patients will be expected to maintain a stable, healthy weight prior to surgery. Those who still anticipate further weight loss should complete this process first prior to proceeding with surgery. Because of the extent of the surgeries, it is important for candidates to ensure they refrain from smoking and eat nourishing meals for the weeks prior to surgery.
What to expect in pre-screening?
Dr. Bray performs a physical examination, in conjunction with an assessment of his patients’ medical records. During the physical examination, he will determine the patient’s overall health, and whether or not the skin and fat is in need of a body lift.
Preparing for the procedure
Because of the procedure’s complexity and demanding nature, it is important for the patient to prepare physically for the procedure. This includes maintaining a healthy diet with a consistent exercise routine and a stable weight. Smoking and drinking should be avoided for 6 weeks prior to surgery, and until the healing is complete. Dr. Bray will also provide a list of medications and supplements that should be avoided.
Preparing for a Male Body Lift
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes or the regular use of certain medications might affect your surgery. If any of this applies to you, you should disclose all of these items in your medical questionnaire prior to your consultation with Dr. Bray.
No smoking of any sort of nicotine, vape or marijuana products for at least 6 weeks before your procedure. Failure to do so might adversely affect your surgical outcome. We also advise not consuming alcohol at least a week prior to surgery.
Follow Dr. Bray’s instructions concerning diet, hygiene and medications. Before any kind of surgery, your stomach should be empty, which is why you should not eat or drink after midnight the day before the procedure.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to allow easier change of clothes before and after surgery. Please arrive without any jewelry, makeup and nail polish on the day of the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, please switch them out for glasses.
Plan enough time for your recovery. Taking time off from work will be essential. The amount of necessary recovery time can vary dramatically between people depending on the extent of their surgery but also the physical demands of their occupation. Dr. Bray and his team will evaluate your personal situation and make recommendations regarding return to work.
Extensive surgical procedures like body lifts require an overnight stay at Dr. Bray’s surgical clinic. His nurses will monitor your vital signs, ensure you receive sufficient pain medication, and assist with all other necessary aspects of this early part of your recovery. Dr. Bray will assess your progress the morning after surgery and ensure you are ready to go home. Schedule a drive to your appointment and to return you home after surgery. By law, patients cannot drive after surgery.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, we have reassessed our cleaning and sterilization protocols. Upon arrival in our office we conduct symptom screenings with a questionnaire and check our patients’ temperature. We also require mask wearing for our staff and patients. COVID-19 testing before surgical procedures is mandatory in order to protect our staff. Please inform yourself regarding testing centers in your area and arrange for testing prior to your surgery.
We require a number of lab tests, diagnostic tests and medical evaluations leading up to your surgery. The nature of these tests will vary according to the procedure, your age, health, history, and other key health factors. Make sure to run all the necessary blood work and receive clearance before any surgical procedure. Necessary testing may change based on procedure, age, health, history and other factors.
It’s of utmost importance to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, supplements and medications. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking of any kind. Avoid exposure to sick people and quit taking blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and a number of supplements. Post-surgery preparations should be made, such as arranging transportation, getting time off from work, stocking up on food and anything else you will need post-surgery and making sure someone will stay with you during the first two days after the procedure.
Figure out what you are going to wear, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding pre-surgery fasting and any other preparation measures. Go to bed early and get well rested before your big day. We also recommend getting your house in order and buying ice packs to help with swelling after the surgery.
Post Op / Aftercare: Body Lift for Men
After the body lift procedure, it may take up to 6-8 weeks for swelling to reduce and for pain and discomfort to entirely subside. After the surgery is completed, it will take 2-3 weeks before returning to low-demand office type work. However, it might take up to 6 more weeks for strenuous exercise like running or lifting heavy objects.
After surgery, the first day or two should focus on light walking with assistance from others as needed. Any drains will come out in approximately 1 week, typically at your first follow-up appointment with Dr. Bray.
It is important for patients not to physically overexert themselves in any manner, especially for the first 6 weeks. Dr. Bray will provide a compression garment to aid in the healing process and promote skin contraction.
Why is post-op care necessary?
The healing process can be arduous. Sleep, daily routines, and general comfort are expected to be disturbed during the healing. This is a normal part of the process; however, steps can be taken to reduce the discomfort. These steps are laid out by Dr. Bray with each of his patients, and according to their needs and safety.
Dr. Bray is very involved in the post-operative care process. Therefore, meetings are arranged for the patient to meet with Dr. Bray. This allows him to assess the patient’s recovery, and adjust care needs as needed.
RECOMMENDED SURGERIES WITH BODY LIFT FOR MEN
It is very difficult to determine the cost of a body lift, since there can be multiple procedures with varying complexity involved. Complexities include the amount of liposuction, skin removal, and skin repositioning, tightening and lifting. It is recommended that candidates schedule a consultation with Dr. Bray.
Liposuction is often required when there are stubborn areas of fat that must be removed. These stubborn fat areas are often diet and exercise resistant. Thus Dr. Bray may consider liposuction if required. However, liposuction does not address excess, sagging skin, and would therefore require a lift.
Due to the dramatic results offered by a body lift procedure, the healing process can be long and challenging. Patients typically require 6 weeks before resuming light exercise such as speed walking; however, it can take more than 6 months to fully heal.
To assist in the recovery process, Dr. Bray offers a compression garment to reduce swelling and pain, regular in-person meetings, and a guide for patients’ self-care. Dr. Bray’s in-person meetings will address concerns, and assess the healing process. If any adjustments are needed, Dr. Bray will take the appropriate steps.
A body lift is a surgical procedure that comes with its own set of risks, and may result in scarring, infection, or other complications. To minimize the risks of this surgery, it is essential to follow Dr. Bray’s post-operative instructions carefully.
Common risks include:
- Excessive scarring and/or skin discoloration
- Excessive bleeding
- Skin or fat necrosis (tissue death)
- Anaesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Recurrent looseness or sagging of skin
There are no specific weight loss guidelines for body lift surgery, but patients will need to have sustained their goal weight for at least three months, with minimal fat content. Dr. Bray may make additional suggestions in weight loss during the patient’s consultation, depending on age and physique.
*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY
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