Body Lift in Atlanta
Body lift in Atlanta (also known as “Belt Lipectomy”, “Lower Body Lift”, “Extended abdominoplasty”) is circumferential tummy tuck for the removal of excess skin and fat and lifting of tissues in the lower abdomen, waist area, hips, buttocks, thigh and lower back. In Atlanta, our Body lift procedure and surgery is designed to remove even more excess skin and fat than standard tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. It is designed for people who have lost large amount of weight by diet and exercise or after weight loss surgery such as Gastric Bypass or Lap Band type procedure. Our cosmetic doctor & Plastic surgeon will explain the latest & best techniques for your situation after consultation. We have before and after photos of body lift surgery.
Who is a candidate for Body Lift
Good candidates Body Lift have reached a stable weight. Patients whose weight has been stabilized in their weight loss program or who feel they are at their ideal weight are the best candidates for extended tummy tuck or body lift in Atlanta
Healthy adults who have excess skin and fat on their abdomens, waist, hips, and lower back
Do not smoke (or plan to quit)
Do not have medical conditions that prohibit safe surgery and normal wound healing.
Have realistic expectation of their outcome
To determine if you are a good candidate for Body Lift procedure, Dr. Okoro will review your health history and perform an examination during your confidential consultation.
About Body Lift – Surgery
Body Lift surgery takes several hours. Dr. Okoro performs this procedure in the hospital under general anesthesia to ensure your safety and comfort.
The incision for an Body Lift runs along the lower abdomen just above the pubis, extending around to the back depending on the amount of skin to be resected. Excess skin is removed, and loose muscles are tightened, and loose tissue in the outer thigh and buttock area are lifted (if necessary). Dr. Okoro almost always will combine Body Lift with liposuction to help sculpt the body. The incision are then closed with sticheches that will dissolve. Your incision are also sealed with skin adhesives such as Dermabond, a topical skin adhesive which improves skin closure. The sterile skin adhesive is applied to the incision at the end of surgery and as it dries it forms a strong and flexible bond that immediately seals your incision from the outside world. Dermabond® allows patients to have a closed incision without the use of external stitches, often times, improving patient comfort and cosmetic results.
How about pain
In addition to pain medications, Dr. Okoro uses the most advance technology to help control your pain after surgery. Most of our patients are placed on On-Q Pain Buster® pump. ON-Q Painbuster automatically and continuously delivering a local anesthetic, to relieve post-op pain.
How about recovery
Body Lift is a more involved procedure than traditional tummy tuck. Patients stay in the hospital for 1-2 night after a Body Lift. Most patients need to be off from work for about 2-3 weeks. As most major surgery, a full recovery may take about six weeks at home. The swelling and bruising associated with extended tummy tuck surgery usually fade within six to eight weeks, leaving the abdomen, waistline, hips, and thighs much slimmer and trimmer.
Where is Surgery Performed
Dr. Okoro is currently on staff at Northside Hospital Atlanta, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, WellStar Cobb Hospital, and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. Body Lift should be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital. Dr. Okoro performs surgery in the hospital to ensure your safety. He usually performs Body Lift as an inpatient procedure under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort. We usually recommend disposable pain pump catheters during recovery to ease pain.
How much does it cost?
The cost of Body lift varies based on the extent of your surgery and the cost of any additional surgery. To make surgery affordable for you, we offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask. You will receive a full no obligation estimate of your surgery after your consultation.
The cost may include the following:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Medication and lab test
- Post-surgery garments
Most health insurance plans will not cover Body lift surgery, related complications, or another surgery to revise the appearance of your body. However, most insurance will cover panniculectomy surgery due to medical condition. Panniculectomy and tummy tuck surgery are different types of surgery. Please review your health insurance policy.
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee
When choosing a plastic surgeon for Body lift, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Dr Okoro takes his time to understand your goals and desire for the best long term outcome. Your safety and satisfaction are very important to him.
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