There are lots of benefits to weight loss — if you have had a successful weight loss journey, you probably feel healthier and more active. However, many people who have achieved major weight loss are bothered by loose or sagging skin that causes physical and emotional discomfort. Houston Body Lift Specialist Dr. Rukmini Rednam offers surgical solutions for patients who would like to reduce or remove excess skin for a tighter, more toned appearance. She specializes in Circumferential Body Lift Surgery in The Woodlands and Houston for post weight loss patients who would like a flatter abdomen, smoother back and lateral thigh, and lifted buttocks.
1. Candidates for Circumferential Body Lift Surgery
2. The Circumferential Body Lift Procedure
3. Recovery After Circumferential Body Lift
Personalized Body Lift Surgery for Post Weight Loss Patients
Dr. Rednam is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in helping post weight loss patients look better and feel better. She is committed to providing compassionate, personalized care for patients who have lost weight after bariatric surgery or other weight loss methods. Dr. Rednam recognizes the hard work and dedication of her patients and she understands that a customized approach is needed for post weight loss procedures. In addition to circumferential body lift, she offers a variety of Post Weight Loss Surgery Procedures.
Candidates for Circumferential Body Lift Surgery
If you have loose or sagging skin on your midsection, a circumferential body lift could tighten and contour your abdomen, back, lateral thigh and buttocks. Ideal candidates for circumferential body lift are non-smokers who are in good general health and have maintained a stable weight for at least six months.
Body Contouring and Skin Removal Surgery After Weight Loss
The Surgical Process of Circumferential Body Lift
Circumferential body lift is usually an outpatient procedure. This surgery is highly customized to address your individual concerns and meet your goals. Typically, an incision will be made very low on the abdomen and across the lower back just above the buttocks. Dr. Rednam will try to place this incision so that any scarring will be concealed by underwear. Patients with very significant excess skin may require a more extensive approach, such as a Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, which involves a vertical incision down the abdomen. Dr. Rednam will remove excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, lift the buttocks, and utilize liposuction in order to achieve ideal body contours.
Recovery After Circumferential Body Lift
Dr. Rednam will discuss your expected recovery timeline and provide you with detailed instructions for postsurgical care. In general, you can expect to have surgical drains in place to help with healing. You may experience some swelling, bruising, or discomfort after surgery, but Dr. Rednam offers Exparel, a long-lasting, non-opioid medication that provides three full days of pain management for a more comfortable recovery. You will need to refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least six weeks, but you will be encouraged to walk frequently during your recovery. You will need to wear special compression garments for six weeks to minimize swelling and aid recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Circumferential Body Lift Surgery
When will I be able to return to work after surgery?
Recovery can look different for every patient, but typically you may be able to return to a sedentary or desk job in about three weeks, while patients with more active jobs may need to take up to six weeks off.
What will my scars look like after Circumferential Body Lift surgery?
Your procedure will be customized for you, but most circumferential body lift patients will have a horizontal scar on their lower abdomen and across the small of their back. Whenever possible, Dr. Rednam will place incisions so that they may be hidden by underwear or swimsuits. Some patients may require a vertical incision that will run lengthwise up the abdomen, but Dr. Rednam will discuss what type of incisions will be used prior to your surgery.
Dr. Rednam keeps scar reduction in mind and she utilizes special taping and silicone scar reduction products, as well as scar massage in order to help you achieve the best results possible. Laser procedures may also be used to aid in the healing of certain types of scars.
What are the surgical risks of Circumferential Body Lift?
All surgical procedures carry some risk of side effects or complications. Dr. Rednam is highly experienced and prioritizes patients safety throughout the surgical process. Potential risks of body lift surgery include infection, bleeding issues, changes in skin sensation, and fluid accumulation.1
Can Circumferential Body Lift be combined with other procedures?
Circumferential body lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure and is best performed on its own. However, if you are interested in other skin tightening procedures such as an arm lift or breast lift, Dr. Rednam can discuss scheduling those surgeries after you have healed.
Contact Dr. Rednam for Body Lift Surgery in Houston and The Woodlands
Dr. Rednam believes that everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their body, and she has dedicated her career to helping people look better and feel more confident. Contact us with any questions about circumferential body lift or to schedule your consultation today.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of body lift surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/body-lift/safety Accessed January 25, 2020.