As you get older it can be harder to maintain the trim and toned figure of your youth. When the body ages many of its natural processes begin to slow. Our metabolism decreases, making it harder to burn unwanted fat from areas of the body and the production of collagen and elastin in our skin diminishes which can lead to sagging skin as well as wrinkles, folds, and lines to develop. All of this can make you look older than you feel inside.
At New Image Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside offers the body lift option to those who want a comprehensive rejuvenation to help them feel and look younger. By working with you on your concerns and determining your aesthetic goals, you can improve your confidence through a number of individualized treatments.
If you’d like to learn more about the body lift procedure and if it’s right for you, please call us today at 703-742-8004 to schedule your consultation. We proudly provide quality plastic surgery services to those who live in and near Reston and McLean, Virginia, as well as the Washington, D.C. area.
What is a Body Lift?
A body lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure in which a combination of body and facial treatments are used to address aesthetic concerns across the body. While this procedure can be used to address loose, sagging skin and stubborn fat from the aging process, it is commonly part of post-weight loss body contouring and some mommy makeover procedures.
Body lift surgery is a combination of sculpting procedures designed to target specific areas of the body and produce ideal dimensions to your frame. At New Image Plastic Surgery, your body lift procedure can include the body contouring options:
- Tummy tuck: Tighten loose skin and abdominal muscles
- Liposuction: Eliminate stubborn pockets of fat
- Butt lift: Enhance the volume, shape, and projection of buttocks
- Thigh lift: Reduce sagging skin and fat in the upper leg area
- Breast reduction: Reduce the size and shape of your breasts to match your frame
- Arm lift: Reduce fat and tighten sagging skin in the upper arms
- Neck lift: Define jaw line, tighten neck wrinkles and sagging skin
- Facelift: Address facial folds, jowls, and sagging skin on the cheeks and neck
What your body lift will include depends entirely on factors unique to your build and areas of concern. Dr. Gartside will work with you to determine the best procedures to use for your cosmetic goals. Your individualized treatment may consist of only a couple of the above procedures or most of them depending on what areas of the body you wish to treat. No matter what you desire, you can trust that our entire team will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you have a safe procedure that produces the results you want.
Body Lift Candidates
In any surgical procedure, it’s important to establish a patient’s candidacy to make sure that the treatment is performed in the safest manner possible. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gartside will evaluate your medical history as well as your current health. This is especially important for a body lift as multiple surgical procedures are performed to meet your aesthetic needs.
Beyond being in good overall health, ideal candidates for the body lift procedure must also:
- Be at a healthy, stable weight
- Have no medical conditions that inhibit healing
- Not be on any blood-thinning medications
- Be a nonsmoker or one who can quit at least six weeks prior to the procedure and during the recovery period
- Have positive and realistic goals
Because recovery time can be longer for the body lift procedure compared to just a single procedure, it’s important to follow all post-procedure care instructions directed by Dr. Gartside. She will give you details on how best to care for your surgical sites, medications that can aid in healing and pain management, and when to follow up with her. Depending on the areas that are treated, you may have special instructions on resting and activity level and when you can resume normal daily activities like work and exercise.
Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
Dr. Gartside is an experienced, compassionate, and board-certified plastic surgeon who takes time to fully understand her patient’s needs and desires before suggesting a treatment. During your initial body contouring consultation, she will carefully assess your entire frame, listen intently to your desires, and help you determine the most effective way to reach your goals.
To schedule your initial consultation, please call 703-742-8004 or contact us through the form on this page. Dr. Gartside serves the DC Metro area and all of Virginia from our offices in McLean and Reston.