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For Toronto patients who need plastic surgery after weight loss, the results of a lower body lift are tough to beat. Dr. Derek Ford's post weight loss plastic surgery patients are among the most satisfied in his practice thanks to the procedure's significant results. By removing excess skin left behind after a substantial weight loss, the lower body lift reveals the improved bodies these patients have worked hard to achieve, and the results should last as long as a person maintains a healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. Derek Ford's post weight loss plastic surgery patients are among the most satisfied in his practice thanks to the procedure's significant results.

Introduction and Indications

People who lose a significant amount of weight, whether through bariatric surgery or lifestyle adjustments, can be left with an excess of sagging skin even when the fat is gone. This is because overstretched skin doesn't always "bounce back," especially in people who are older or who were significantly overweight. Unlike fat, skin cannot be reduced with diet and exercise, and excess skin left behind after weight loss can conceal the physical results of weight loss. This is especially frustrating to people who have achieved a goal weight but still may not look the way they want.

Lower body lift surgery reduces excess skin of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks for a well-toned, tighter appearance as well as improved physical comfort and mobility. By maintaining a steady weight after surgery, the results are likely to be permanent. For most weight loss patients, body lift is the final step in a long process.

Assessment

During your consultation for lower body lift, Dr. Ford evaluates the condition of your skin and discusses your medical history. You'll also review your weight loss process in order to offer Dr. Ford a better sense of your current lifestyle. Ideal candidates for lower body lift surgery are those who:

  • Are healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and care for themselves after surgery
  • Are willing and able to maintain a healthy weight
  • Have moderate to severe skin sagginess in the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen

During a lower body lift, Dr. Ford can also remove some pockets of residual fat. However, the procedure is indicated for patients who have already lost a significant amount of weight, and fat reduction should not be your primary goal.

Procedure

Lower body lift surgery is performed while you are under general anesthesia. Dr. Ford begins by making a horizontal incision around your lower abdomen and extending around your waist. Although the incision is extensive, it's made quite low on the body and is not typically noticeable in most clothes. Once he has made the incision, Dr. Ford removes excess skin from the waist ("love handles"), upper buttocks, and outer thighs. He then performs a modified tummy tuck to reduce the amount of unwanted skin on the abdomen and to tighten the underlying muscles. He also lifts and tightens the soft tissue in the lateral (side) and posterior (rear) waist. In some cases, a lower body lift can result in the removal of 10 pounds or more of excess skin and fat.

Patient Results

See the possibilities of Dr. Ford's work for yourself when you visit our gallery of real patient before-and-after photos.

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Recuperating After Surgery

Because of its scope, lower body lift surgery requires an overnight stay in hospital. Most patients are able to return home the next day, accompanied by a trusted friend or family member. You'll need to take it easy during the first week of your recuperation, although Dr. Ford encourages patients to regularly move about their homes to prevent the formation of blood clots. Pain and discomfort are to be expected, but are manageable with prescribed medication. In most cases, patients have surgical drains in place to reduce fluid accumulation. Dr. Ford often removes these drains at your 1-week follow-up appointment. You can expect to return to work and other social situations after approximately 3 weeks, depending on the scope of your individual surgery. As you plan your lower body lift, Dr. Ford helps you prepare for your projected recuperation.

Lower Body Lift Considerations

Lower body lift is a major operation that yields significant results. Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge in post weight loss surgery, such as Dr. Ford, can vastly improve your experience, ensuring a comfortable recuperation and attractive, natural-looking results. During your consultation, Dr. Ford reviews your health history with you and helps you understand your individual risk assessment.

Common Complements

Lower body lift is often performed as a complement to arm lift, medial thigh lift, liposuction or even breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction. These procedures are often performed to reduce excess skin and sagginess after weight loss, and undergoing a combination of these procedures can offer you more comprehensive results. If you opt for a complementary procedure, Dr. Ford may recommend staging your surgeries for safety.

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Derek T. Ford, MD, FRCSC