The appearance of one’s body can be as important or even more important to some that the appearance of the face. This is the main reason why cosmetic surgery has evolved to address a wide range of aesthetic issues relating to the body at large, with procedures targeting many different areas. The results of these procedures are different for each recipient, but most people who opt for such a procedure are highly satisfied with the aesthetic results, as well as the improved self-confidence that can result from a successful body lift.
Body lifts can generally be divided into two categories: lower body lifts (also known as belt lipectomies) and upper body lifts. Lower body lifts are most often recommended where extensive or sudden fluctuation in weight caused by a number of factors (including illness, injury, pregnancy, a change in lifestyle, or the natural aging process) has resulted in in sagging skin below the waistline. Depending on the specific case, various procedures may be used to lift and sculpt the buttocks, as well as various areas of the thighs, hips and abdomen. Loose or excess skin that detracts from aesthetics or results in restricted mobility may also be tightened or removed. A lower body lift is most appropriate for those who are not too far from their ideal weight, and may be used in conjunction with an upper body lift procedure.
An upper-body-lift surgery may involve one of several procedures, including an upper arm lift, breast lift, or surgery to remove fat in other areas. Skin that is loose or sagging as a result of weight loss (which may include liposuction) may also be removed to reshape the body and create a smoother, tighter contour, which can help to create more aesthetically pleasing profile and reduce problem areas.
There are a wide variety of reasons to consider a body lift. These might include the following:
Noticeable ‘fat rolls’ in or around the stomach or back
The advantage of a comprehensive lower body lift is that it treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs all in one procedure, while a n upper body lift might target more specific areas such as the breasts, belly, or arms. One of the most common procedures used is that of the tummy tuck, which tightens the skin above the waistline to achieve a firmer, flatter appearance. In general, the number and location of the various incisions, as well as recovery time that will be necessary, depends on the specific procedures that are involved, which in turn are based on the individual body and the desired results of the cosmetic surgery, but most surgeons focus on minimising and hiding these as much as possible.
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