Naples Plastic Surgery
A body lift is an advanced body contouring procedure that treats excess skin and fatty tissue in the lower and upper body areas to give patients more aesthetically pleasing figures. Dr. Gardner is a highly regarded plastic surgeon in the Naples area who tailors the body lift procedure to meet patients' needs and achieve the best results possible. He aims to help his patients reach their beauty potential while providing personalized, compassionate care through a safe procedure.
Body lifting is one of the most advanced body contouring procedures and can dramatically change a patient's overall physique when done by our cosmetic surgeon. Many new mothers and post-bariatric surgery patients seek out Dr. Paul Gardner's expertise in plastic surgery to address the unique changes in their bodies following these accomplishments.
Body Lifts in Naples
In order to be considered good candidates for this cosmetic surgery, patients typically need to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen and maintain a stable weight, ideally for six months to a year. Patients who have undergone weight loss surgery are not eligible for body lifts until one year after their procedure — a preventative measure Dr. Paul M. Gardner practices to encourage patient health.
Prior to a body lift, our plastic surgeon reviews patients' medical records to ensure they are at optimal health to have the procedure. Then, he speaks with patients about any concerns with their appearance and creates a personalized approach to help them reach their ideal physiques.
Dr. Paul M. Gardner offers three types of body lifts:
- Upper body lift
- Lower body lift
- Total body lift
Upper Body Lifts
Patients who are concerned with the appearance of their breasts, chest and mid-back area can opt for an upper body lift. During the procedure, Dr. Gardner creates an incision across the midsection of the back and gently extracts excess skin and fat. He meticulously sculpts the upper torso area to narrow the waistline and smooth the appearance of the back. He may also a perform breast lift — a breast enhancement procedure that raises sagging breasts to a more youthful-looking position, depending on the patient's desires.
Lower Body Lifts
Lower body lift surgery is one of the most requested procedures for new mothers to treat the physical tolls that pregnancy can place on the body. This surgery involves sculpting the appearance of the thighs, stomach, buttocks and hips to achieve slimmer, tighter figures. At Gardner Plastic Surgery, the procedure begins with an incision along the outer thigh area and buttocks, as well as an incision across the lower section of the abdomen. Then, Dr. Paul Gardner carefully tightens the lower body area by removing excess tissue and suctioning out fat, if needed.
Total Body Lifts
A total body lift is a combination of both lower and upper body lifts, as well as any other body contouring procedures patients may request, such as an arm lift or breast lift. Dr. Paul Gardner typically performs total body lifting surgery in multiple procedures at his practice in order to minimize the risk of complications.
Patients who wish to reshape the appearance of their breasts, chests, backs, hips, buttocks, thighs and stomachs often have great results with this incredible procedure. The procedure offers patients a total body makeover, improving the contours of the entire body and successfully eliminating all of patients' problem areas.
Recovering from Body Lift Surgery
Unlike most plastic surgery procedures, a body lift requires patients be admitted to the hospital for two to three nights following the procedure. Body lift is an invasive surgical procedure, so there are risks for complications. After the procedure, Dr. Gardner will carefully outline a list of instructions in order to encourage healthy recovery periods and minimize any risks.
Once patients are released from the hospital, Dr. Gardner recommends patients rest for four to six weeks before returning to normal activities. He will provide patients with compression garments and dressings until most of the swelling subsides, typically within six weeks.