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Body Lift in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

Body Lift in Washington, DC with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh

A body lift is a procedure also known as a belt lipectomy. It is a more extensive version of the tummy tuck surgery in that the incisions are taken all the way around, and this way the thighs can be lifted as well as the buttock.

This operation is most commonly performed in people who have had massive weight loss. The body can sag just like loose pants can sag, and this procedure serves to get rid of the excessive skin up front while performing the muscle tightening of the abfdominoplasty while extending the incisions laterally and to the back to address the sagging thighs and buttocks.

This is a much more extensive operation than a standard abdominoplasty, and requires general anesthesia. Often, patient will elect to spend one night in the hospital to recover.

The surgery is performed at our surgery center or at sibley memorial hospital in Washington DC.

The recover period is about 4 weeks for the belt lipectomy.

Often the belt lipectomy is combined with liposuction as well.


What Body Lift Surgery is used for at our Washington DC practice

A body lift is used to improve the tone and shape of the tissue underneath the skin that is responsible for supporting the fat, as well as the skin. This excess sagging skin and fat is removed during a body lift procedure.

Well-toned bodies with smooth contours are many times a sign of a healthy diet and exercise. However, genetic factors can contribute to a reduction in tissue elasticity. This means that even if you live a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and are close to your ideal body weight, you may still need a body lift at our Washington DC office to achieve your desired results.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Body Lift in Washington DC?

Prior to having a body lift, you should be at a relatively stable weight. Women who have not completed their families and plan on becoming pregnant should postpone their abdominal body lift. Otherwise, pregnancy could diminish the results of your abdominal body lift surgery.

You are an ideal candidate for a Body Lift at our Washington DC office if you:

  • have a significant amount of soft tissue that is loose in one or numerous areas;
  • have realistic goals and a positive outlook on your post surgery results;
  • are a non-smoker;
  • are healthy and do not have any kind of medical condition that could increase your risk of undergoing surgery;
  • are committed to encompassing a healthy lifestyle after your body lift with proper nutrition and regular exercise.
  • have a significant amount of soft tissue that is loose in one or numerous areas
  • have realistic goals and a positive outlook on your post surgery results;
  • are a non-smoker;
  • are healthy and do not have any kind of medical condition that could increase your risk of undergoing surgery;
  • are committed to encompassing a healthy lifestyle after your body lift with proper nutrition and regular exercise.

Your Body Lift Surgery Consultation in Washington DC

During your initial consultation with Dr. Marwan Khalifeh at his facility in Washington DC, you need to be candid with him when he asks about your lifestyle, health and what you want to accomplish with a body lift.

You need to be ready to discuss:

  • Previous medical treatments and surgeries
  • Why you want a body lift procedure
  • Your expectations following your body lift procedure
  • Drug allergies and medical conditions
  • Current medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Alcohol, recreational drug and tobacco use

Dr. Khalifeh may want to:

  • Examine and take measurements of your body – this could include detailed measurements
  • Consider pre-existing risk factors and/or health conditions
  • Discuss the options he feels are best to achieve your desired results
  • Take photos to place in your medical record
  • Discuss likely outcomes of body lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

Steps of The Body Lift Procedure

1. Anesthesia

You will receive medications to keep you comfortable during your body lift procedure with Dr. Khalifeh. You may be administered general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Khalifeh will recommend the anesthesia technique that he feels is be for you during your body lift surgery.

2. Incision

The length and pattern of the incision Dr. Khalifeh uses depends on the location and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed during your body lift procedure at our Washington DC office.

If you have a complete lower body lift, Dr. Khalifeh will treat your abdomen, buttocks, hips, waist and thighs during one body lift procedure. He will use a circumferential incision around the body. This removes the ‘apron’ of excess fat and skin. He then repositions and tightens the tissues.

3. A Combination of Liposuction and Surgical Body Lifts

To achieve the desired results, Dr. Khalifeh may use a combination of surgical body lifts with liposuction. If this is the case, he will use deep support sutures to help form your newly shaped contours.

4. Closing the Body Lift Incisions

Dr. Khalifeh may use sutures, tapes or skin adhesives to close the incisions created during the body lift surgery in Washington DC.

Recovering from Your Body Lift Procedure in Washington DC

Once your body lift surgery at our Washington DC office is complete, your incisions will be covered with bandages or dressings. A drainage tube may be placed beneath your skin to help drain any excess fluid or blood from your surgical sites. This helps reduce the amount of swelling you experience.

Results

Once your procedure is complete, you can see results almost immediately. It can take up to two years for you to receive the full benefits of your body lift procedure at our Washington DC plastic surgery office.

You Will Receive Specific Instructions Following Your Body Lift Surgery

These instructions may include:

  • how to care for your surgical sites properly;
  • medications to take orally and/or apply to your surgical sites to assist in the healing process and reduce your risk of infection.

Do not hesitate to ask Dr. Khalifeh any questions you have about your body lift recovery process.

Returning Home Following Your Body Lift Surgery in Washington DC

Following the instructions that Dr. Khalifeh gives you is essential to the success of your body lift surgery.

You should seek medical attention if you experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual heartbeats

The Results of Your Body Lift Procedure in Washington DC Are Long-Lasting

As long as you maintain your weight and incorporate general fitness into your lifestyle, the results of your body lift procedure at our Washington DC office will last for years to come. Naturally, as your body ages, you will lose some firmness, but most of the improvement from your procedure should be relatively permanent.

Contact Our Washington DC office to learn more about Body Lift Surgery

If you reside in or near Washington DC and you are interested in a body lift, or any other plastic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Khalifeh today to set up your complimentary initial consultation. He is considered a leading plastic surgeon serving Washington DC and is sought after for his expertise in body contouring surgery such as liposuction, tummy tuck, body lift and more. Call our Washington DC plastic surgery practice at (301) 244-0148 today!