You may have lost a significant amount of weight after pregnancy, following bariatric surgery, as a result of intensive diet and exercise, or over time as you have aged. While these changes can slim down your body’s overall contour, you may still be left with excess skin and pockets of unwanted fat around your abdomen, thighs, arms, and buttocks.
Dr. Vu performs body lift surgery for Huntington Beach patients to address the aesthetic problems that massive weight loss can cause. He uses the procedure to remove unwanted skin, eliminate areas of leftover fat, and create a tighter, firmer figure.
Dr. Vu’s Approach to Body Lift
Dr. Vu may recommend body lift surgery to patients who:
- Want to get rid of sagging skin around the belly, thighs, arms, and buttocks.
- Would like to fit more comfortably in their clothing and have greater confidence in their appearance.
- Have chronic irritation and problems with odor related to excess skin.
Huntington Beach patients choose Dr. Vu for body lift surgery because of the experience and expertise he brings to their care. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vu has spent years in training and practice performing total body procedures. Over this time, he has developed techniques to improve overall aesthetics, minimize complications, and reduce the appearance of surgical scars.
As an example, Dr. Vu performs completely drainless surgeries in his practice, including body lift procedures. Instead of placing drains, he uses specialized tissue glue to close off surgical sites. This step helps reduce swelling, limits post-operative discomfort and decreases the risk of seroma, hematoma, and infection after surgery.
Comparing Body Lift to Alternatives
Body lift can be a life-changing surgery for patients who have felt limited by their appearance, by their discomfort, and by the emotional toll that these aesthetic issues can take. Dr. Vu will spend time with you during your initial consultation discussing what you want to accomplish with treatment as well as your medical history, and, if you are a good candidate for body lift, can advise you further about the procedure. However, it is possible that another approach may work better for your needs, and Dr. Vu can review with you the alternative treatments below.
Liposuction is a contouring procedure that debulks fat from targeted areas of your body. Dr. Vu often performs this surgery as part of body lift for his Huntington Beach patients, but he can also conduct liposuction as a standalone procedure. On its own, liposuction provides a smaller scar and a faster recovery than a full body lift, but it does not remove excess skin and does not tighten muscles. Dr. Vu will typically advise against standalone liposuction for patients who have thin, sagging skin, as removing fat without revising the tissue can cause dimpling and contour irregularities.
Radiofrequency / ultrasound treatments are non-surgical options for tightening skin and reducing fat below the surface. Both techniques are non-invasive, so you can have the procedures without a long recovery time and without scarring. However, these approaches have a limited effect on excess skin and fat compared to body lift.
Fat reduction injections are another non-surgical alternative to body lift. Injectable solutions such as KYBELLA® can melt away subcutaneous fat in certain areas of the body. Like radiofrequency and ultrasound technology, these injections are non-invasive, though you would require numerous treatments spaced over several weeks, and the effects are too minor for patients who have a lot of extra skin and unwanted fat.
Your Experience With Body Lift
During your initial visit with Dr. Vu at his Huntington Beach office, you and he will discuss the areas that you want to address with your treatment. He will talk with you about your expectations, the amount of time you have to commit to recovery, your general level of physical activity, and your comfort with the different modes of treatment.
Body lift surgery leaves behind scars in the places where Dr. Vu revises the skin. Huntington Beach patients should understand that they are trading the unaesthetic appearance and discomfort of excess, hanging skin for what should be subtle signs of surgery. The amount of skin and fat that he reduces will affect the location and size of the scars, and he will discuss your options in the consultation. Dr. Vu will take steps in surgery to reduce the appearance of these scars as well as to hide them in less noticeable areas.
After you schedule your body lift procedure, you will return to the practice for a pre-operative appointment. Dr. Vu will finalize your surgical plan and talk with you about the different approaches he may use during the procedure. This sort of collaboration ensures that you have a shared understanding of what to expect from your result. The practice will provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions and complete your final examinations, labs, prescriptions, and paperwork.
Body Lift Surgery
Dr. Vu performs nearly all of his surgical procedures at his AAAASF-certified facility in Huntington Beach. This accreditation demonstrates that the practice meets the nationally-recognized standards of high-quality outpatient centers.
As part of your body lift procedure:
- You will receive anesthesia care — typically general anesthesia — so that you can rest comfortably throughout the process. You will also receive a local anesthetic to promote your post-operative comfort.
- Vu will remove excess skin from the areas you want to target. By taking away just the right amount, Dr. Vu can provide aesthetic improvement while minimizing the appearance of the resulting surgical scars.
- You may benefit from liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat. This will help contour your features in a smooth and natural-looking way.
- Vu will close the surgical sites in multiple layers to reduce tension in these areas. This helps prevent surgical scars from spreading over time.
Most of our patients in the Huntington Beach and Southern California area can expect to go home the same day as their body lift surgery and will be wearing surgical dressings and compression garments to promote healing. Dr. Vu will usually prescribe pain medication, which patients may take as needed to help during the first several days after surgery.
Two days after your body lift, you will be able to wash the areas around your surgical sites. You will need to apply fresh surgical dressings to the sites each day for about one week and wear the compression garments for 1-3 months. Dr. Vu recommends that Huntington Beach patients avoid physical exertion for at least four weeks and exercise for at least six weeks. By the time you have recovered fully, your body should have a slimmer and tighter contour.
Explore your options with body lift by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Vu in Huntington Beach. Contact the practice online or by calling (714) 848-1133.