Body, Arm & Thigh Lifts
Whether you've dedicated yourself to eating right and exercising or undergone weight loss surgery like gastric bypass, you are on the road to a healthier, more satisfying lifestyle. After losing a lot of weight, your expectations for a slim, fit body may have fallen short. Often the skin is unable to shrink to the body's slimmer contours and extreme weight loss leaves you with excess folds of skin and pockets of unwanted fat. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Diaz specializes in body contouring surgery in the Orlando area. A body lift can be the final step in realizing the attractive, confident vision you have for yourself.
Dr. Diaz approaches aesthetic enhancement with compassion and care to reveal each patient's unique natural beauty. To find out how body contouring surgery can improve your appearance, request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call our office in Melbourne, Florida at (321) 951-2639(321) 951-2639.
Dr. Diaz is a caring surgeon who understands that your wellbeing can be influenced by the way you feel about your appearance.
Your Beautiful Body
Whether it's an upper, lower, or total body lift, Orlando area body contouring patients can regain a firm, attractive appearance that can boost their self-confidence and motivate them to continue their healthier lifestyle. Dr. Diaz is skilled and experienced in performing complicated combination procedures and revising previous body contouring results. He customizes each surgery to the unique needs of the patient for results that minimize and conceal scarring and give a natural, smooth look.
A body lift often includes a combination of one or more of the following procedures:
- Arm lifts reduce areas of excess fat and tighten loose skin on the arms through incisions that run along the inside of the upper arms.
- Thigh lifts firm the inner thighs, outer thighs, or all the way around the upper legs.
- Lower body lifts improve the abdomen, outer thighs, buttocks, and lower back. This customized procedure often includes a tummy tuck and liposuction as well.
- Upper body lifts improve the arms, armpits, sides, breasts and nipples, and upper back. An upper body lift often includes a breast lift and liposuction, and may also be combined with a breast reduction.
Dr. Diaz believes that your satisfaction with life and overall wellbeing are shaped by your lifestyle, as well as your appearance. He offers weight loss patients lifestyle coaching in diet, exercise, and UV protection both before and after surgery to help the results attained through surgery benefit his patients for a lifetime.
Sandy's Weight Loss Triumph & Renewed Self
"After losing all the necessary weight, Dr. Diaz recommended I have a full body lift procedure. His close personal attention and warm bedside manner were incredibly reassuring during my recovery process. He encouraged me every step of the way. Not only do I have a beautifully contoured figure, but I have confidence and self-esteem I never knew possible. I feel I can conquer anything."
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.
What to Expect
Depending on the body lift procedure the surgery can be performed in an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital under general anesthesia. Some patients may have this procedure as an outpatient with an overnight stay in a recovery suite with the aid of a private duty nurse. Although no scar positioning can be guaranteed, Dr. Diaz will ask you to bring undergarments that ideally you would like to cover the scars with to help him design your surgery.
The surgery often can last 6 hours or longer depending on which procedures are performed. Following the surgery you will be placed in a special garment and will spend the night for observation. Most patients elect to stay an additional night for added recovery and comfort. Dr. Diaz will see you that night and the following morning, keeping a close eye for early intervention should any problem arise. The next day you will be up and about. You can expect to be discharged either that day or the following morning to complete your recovery at home.
Once at home you can be up and about immediately, although it's likely you won't feel comfortable walking completely upright for about a week. Any discomfort you experience can be alleviated with the medication Dr. Diaz prescribes. Dr. Diaz will see you daily to change your dressings. The drains will be removed in the office when they are ready to come out, usually in 5 to 7 days.
In about 1 to 2 weeks you should be able to return to work, depending upon the type of work you do. You should avoid heavy lifting or pushing for 4 to 6 weeks. You should continue to wear your garment for 6 weeks. Full activity may be resumed after 6 weeks. Dr. Diaz recommends that all patients receive post-operative lymphatic massages as this speeds the resolution of swelling and can improve the final texture of your skin.