Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery specializes in body lifts for patients from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, and surrounding areas.
What is a body lift?
A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, removes excess skin and repositions tissue to create aesthetically pleasing contours on the body following major weight loss or extreme skin sagging due to age. Excess fat can be removed with liposuction or excision, the skin is lifted and reshaped, then reduced and smoothed over muscles to give a newly contoured appearance. In addition, a body lift can potentially reduce stretch marks and cellulite if the affected skin is in the surgical area, and it creates smoother skin overall.
Good candidates for body lift surgery include those who have undergone recent weight loss and have excess skin left over as a result. Skin can lose its elasticity leading to drooping and areas of cellulite, which are not caused by fat but rather by the skin’s inability to stretch anymore. A body lift can correct these issues for smooth skin that appears tight and much more flattering on the patient’s figure.
The procedure is recommended for patients who have had a stable weight for several months. The surgery can take from three to eight hours depending on the extent of the lift, and healing time can take from one to two months as it is a significant procedure. The patient may also opt for an additional arm lift or a thigh lift if the sagging of the skin goes beyond the torso.
Can I see body lift before and after pictures of people in the Cape Girardeau area?
When you schedule your affordable consultation visit, the surgeon will gladly show you many before and after pictures of patients who have undergone a body lift procedure. You will have the opportunity to see for yourself what a big difference a body lift has made for our patients.
What is the average cost of a body lift? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The price of a body lift varies for each patient depending on the extent of surgery needed to achieve your individual aesthetic and personal goals.
Is financing available? And will insurance cover any of my fees?
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payment. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. Cosmetic body lift surgery is not covered by commercial insurance and must be paid in full before surgery. Make sure finance arrangements are made in advance with a financing agency of your choice.
Do I have to stop smoking before a body lift procedure?
We recommend that patients stop smoking at least one month before and after surgery. The nicotine in cigarettes adversely affects the body, decreasing blood supply to the skin, which is a crucial component in healing. We also hope that Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery patients can decrease their exposure to secondhand smoke as well.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
You must cease taking all blood thinners and vitamin E supplements at least one week before and after surgery to reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma. You may need to get medical clearance from your primary care doctor as well as instructions on how to stop these medications if you are on prescription blood thinners. We also need patients to stop taking all herbal medications and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) at least two weeks before surgery and one week following surgery.
All cosmetic surgeries done at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau are elective procedures. We require that our patients be in overall good health before performing any surgery. If there are any remaining questions about your health, medical clearance from your primary care doctor may be necessary.
What are the types of body lift surgery and how do I determine what is best for me?
Some patients may elect for a full body lift including the shaping and toning of the abdominal area and back, chest, and sometimes thighs. The degree of lift you will need is best determined during your consultation with our experts. Together, the surgeon will listen to your concerns with the goal of having the best aesthetically pleasing result and the least amount of scarring.
Is there a better time of year to have the surgery performed?
It is best to pick a date for your body lift that allows you enough down time to heal. Since this is an extensive procedure, healing can take several weeks. You should make adjustments at work due to standard elements of recovery like swelling and being on pain medication.
What is my next step?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri, including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office in Cape Girardeau today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your initial body lift consultation. We suggest that you bring a list of your questions to this first visit so our knowledgeable surgeons can best guide you to your ultimate goals. Take this important first step towards a better you and call us today!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your body lift consultation!