According to WPTZ News Channel 5, more plastic surgery patients are investing in body contouring procedures to achieve their desired look. 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons president Dr. Scot Glasberg believes that more patients are investing in this type of procedure across the country, and there are statistics to prove it. The number of patients seeking breast, upper arm and thigh lifts, as well as tummy tucks, grew by its fastest rate in four years by 2015. 

After many of these patients undergo weight loss surgeries, they are left with large amounts of unsightly skin, both heavy and painful to carry. This skin not only sticks out under clothes, but can also cause patients to develop rashes or infections as well. Psychologically, its like the patient never had surgery done in the first place. 

"Patients tell me they are almost as uncomfortable with this problem as they were when they were overweight," said Glasberg.

One procedure that can alleviate some of these issues is a body lift. A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure used to raise and reshape unsightly or sagging body contours. There are many reasons why patients choose to undergo a body lift procedure such as:

  • Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss
  • Reshaping the mid-body contour 
  • Remedy some of the issues associated with weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

By removing loose skin and fat deposits, a patient can achieve a more youthful appearance. During the natural aging process, skin loses its natural elasticity, causing a lack natural shape and firmness.

A body lift does not have to be performed on the entire body, and is instead used on certain areas in which a patient has had trouble decreasing in size. These areas include the buttocks, groin, abdominal area and thighs. 

Although a body lift can help change a patient's life, it is not intended for strict removal of excess fat. Often, liposuction is instead used in these cases, as it is able to solely take care of problem body areas by eliminating fat. Depending on patient needs and desires, both liposuction and a body lift procedure will be used to achieve results.

The precise procedure that a patient will undergo varies on the body area, overall health and ultimate outcome. During your consultation, this information will be discussed and the best mode of surgery will be determined. 

A body lift can take anywhere between three and seven hours to complete depending on this information. 

As with any major surgery, plenty of rest and limited movement is required for optimal recovery time and results. To learn more about a body lift, or any other surgical procedure, visit TheLettCenter.com.