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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Body Lift / Thighplasty

There is no question that diet and exercise can do wonders in contouring the body. However, sometimes when childbirth, major weight loss, or aging have overstretched the tissues and muscles, surgical assistance is the only way to get the body back into shape. A body lift (also called a “lower body lift” or “belt lipectomy”) offers a dramatic transformation of the mid and lower body. Body lift surgery can re-sculpt the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs to redefine your silhouette and create a more naturally pleasing silhouette.

Weston, Florida
And Surrounding Suburbs

Who Can Benefit?

Post-Pregnancy Mothers

Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing can sometimes leave permanent, negative effects on a mother’s body. Overly stretched abdominal skin, weakened core muscles, and fat accumulation can completely alter your figure so that it looks nothing like its pre-baby state. A body lift can help post-pregnancy mothers in need of surgical attention for the entire midsection and thighs to achieve a more youthful and toned figure.

Weight-Loss Patients

Individuals who have endured bariatric surgery and/or significant weight loss often have excess, sagging skin and pockets of stubborn fat. These are particularly common in the waist, hips, and buttocks. Toning these areas with diet and exercise is nigh unto impossible for many individuals due to the ordeal that the body has gone through to achieve weight loss. The body lift procedure is ideal for this situation and can help you complete your transformation by reclaiming your body and sculpting your figure to better reflect your weight loss successes.

Age-Affected Individuals

Aging is no friend when it comes to one’s appearance. From minor wrinkles, aches, and pains to major skin sagging and fat deposits, we see that the older we get, the more age takes its toll on our bodies. Some individuals may benefit from body lift surgery, which can remove sagging skin, tighten the body tissues, and recreate a more youthful body shape. After surgery, your body will look less “droopy” and more attractively youthful.

What Do You Desire?

A Tighter, Firmer Abdomen

One of the primary areas of focus in body lift surgery is the abdomen. This area of the body can be significantly and adversely affected by pregnancy, aging, genetics, and weight fluctuations. Many individuals are dissatisfied with their perpetual stomach pooch, flaccid stomach muscles, stubborn belly fat, and sagging abdominal skin. The body lift includes a tummy tuck to tighten, firm, and recontour the abdomen so that it looks more youthful and trim.

Leaner Hips

The coveted “hourglass” body shape is far less common than the “pear” shape or bottom-heavy figure. If your hips are wider than your shoulders, your figure may look naturally disproportionate or unbalanced. Love handles and excess fat and skin on the hips can aggravate this and cause the hips to look even wider, especially for women whose hips have already been widened by bearing children. A body lift slims and improves the contour of the hips so that they are leaner and more balanced.

A More Lifted Buttocks

As the buttocks naturally pack on excess fat, the backside can quickly become a problem area. Our career-driven culture that focuses heavily on desk or computer work can also contribute to the buttocks becoming saggy and losing shape. Body lift surgery incorporates a buttock lift and helps the buttocks become more lifted, shapely, and firm.

Slimmer Thighs

So-called “thunder thighs” and “saddlebags” are often distinguished by their excess skin, stretch marks, and flab or fat. Patients who would like slimmer thighs may also benefit from undergoing a body lift. The body lift procedure includes a thigh lift and removes excess skin and fat from the thighs so that they appear slim and slender.

An Overall Better Body Shape

Some people struggle with just one trouble area and can undergo an isolated procedure to improve their body contour. However, many more have multiple problem areas, especially in the lower body. This is especially common among individuals who have achieved major weight loss. Body contouring after weight loss or for those who have multiple trouble areas is often best achieved with a body lift. The body lift procedure targets the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs simultaneously and re-sculpts a more aesthetically pleasing and toned body shape.

Addressing Your Concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A BODY LIFT?

    A body lift combines a tummy tuck, buttock lift, and thigh lift. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the entire midsection. The skin closure is then tailored to enhance the patient’s figure. Dr. Messa uses carefully honed techniques that he has developed over the years to provide the best surgical results with the lowest risk of complications.

  • WHERE WILL THE SURGERY TAKE PLACE?

    Body lift surgery is typically performed either in our state-of-the-art surgical suite or a licensed hospital.

  • WILL A BODY LIFT DO ANYTHING FOR SAGGING BREASTS?

    A body lift focuses on the midsection and lower midsection. If you desire a breast lift as well, talk to Dr. Messa about the possibility of combining breast lift surgery with your body lift.

  • IS A POST-BARIATRIC SURGERY PATIENT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BODY LIFT SURGERY?

    Body lift surgery is an excellent procedure for many post-bariatric surgery patients. Its benefits are specially designed to help such patients get rid of sagging skin and achieve a more natural-looking body shape. Before you pursue this procedure, however, be sure that your weight loss has stabilized and that your bariatric surgeon has indicated that another major surgery would be safe at this time.

  • WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF UNDERGOING A BODY LIFT?

    While a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or buttock lift can be performed for patients with isolated body contouring needs, the body lift remedies all these issues at once. Rather than undergoing multiple surgeries, each with their subsequent recovery and associated fees, a patient can have a single surgical session and achieve more immediate results with just one surgical recovery at a reduced financial expense.

  • WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM A BODY LIFT?

    A body lift can transform the figures of patients who have experienced massive weight loss and have excess, hanging skin. Results are equally as dramatic in patients who desire a body lift to tighten the abdomen and correct sagging skin in the thighs and buttocks left by pregnancy or aging. Results may take several months to become truly appreciable but will ultimately reveal a far slimmer, better-contoured, and more youthful waistline and lower body.

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Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center
2823 Executive Park Dr Weston, FL 33331