Craig Colville, M.D., F.A.C.S.
John Zavell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Toledo body lift plastic surgery for a thinner, more contoured body.

Congratulations! You’ve done the hard part by losing the weight, and now you’re wondering how to reach your final goal of a new body image. Many people are surprised after losing weight that their bodies don’t look the way they expected. Loose, sagging skin is a common problem for massive weight loss patients, but fortunately, plastic surgery can help you achieve your dreams. For men and women in Toledo, body lift plastic surgery can offer the outcomes they desire.

Toledo plastic surgeons, Dr. Colville and Dr. Zavell, will take the time to carefully evaluate your situation and help you decide which surgery or surgeries are required to create the shape you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Some of the more common surgeries used for body contouring after massive weight loss are as follows:

  • Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): An arm lift will reduce or eliminate excess skin from your upper arms. An incision is made from the elbow to the armpit, so some scarring will be visible. At our plastic surgery office in Toledo, brachioplasty is usually done under general anesthesia, and initial healing occurs in 10 to 14 days, while bruising gradually disappears over 2 to 3 weeks. Scars will fade in 6 to 24 months, depending upon your skin.
  • Thigh Lift: A thigh lift will reduce or eliminate excess skin from your thighs, producing tighter, more shapely thighs with fewer skin irregularities. The location of scars will vary depending on the part of your thigh that needs to be lifted. At our plastic surgery office in Toledo, thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, and recovery varies depending on the extent of the surgery. Oral medication may be adequate to control discomfort for smaller thigh lifts, but for larger thigh lifts, skilled nursing or an overnight stay at the surgery center may be recommended. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, and full recovery is usually expected within 4 to 6 months.
  • Buttock Lift: A buttock lift will reduce excess skin from your buttocks and create firmer buttocks with more flattering contours. This surgery will produce either upper or lower scars, depending upon your body type. Buttock lifts are performed under general anesthesia and recovery will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, and full recovery is usually expected within 4 to 6 months.

Length of Body Lift Plastic Surgery

The length of your body lift plastic surgery depends on the number of areas operated upon, but generally requires several hours.

Anesthesia Requirements for Body Lift Plastic Surgery

Typically, general anesthesia will be used during your body lift.

Toledo Body Lift Plastic Surgery

Our Toledo body lift surgery is typically outpatient surgery, at times with skilled nursing or an overnight stay at the surgery center recommended.

Side Effects from Body Lift Plastic Surgery

Temporary soreness, swelling, bruising and change of sensation in the areas operated upon are possible side effects of a body lift.

Risks of Body Lift Plastic Surgery

Bleeding, infection, risks of anesthesia and scarring are possible risks of body lift surgery.

Recovery from Body Lift Plastic Surgery

The smoother, tighter contouring that results from a body lift are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising. You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal. Skin quality is typically dramatically improved both in appearance and feel following body lift surgery.

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