Chicago Body Lifting
Comparing body lifts with liposuction:
** Remember, not every patient is a good candidate for liposuction! If you are told you are not a good candidate for liposuction, that means you need a body lift.
Cosmetic surgery deals with improving the physical appearance to enhance one’s self-image. Body contouring surgery refers to one section of aesthetic surgery devoted to reshaping the contours of the body.
Familial or genetic fat bulges that are not improved by diet or exercise are the most common cosmetic concerns of both women and men. Liposuction removes excess fat from unwanted familial bulges through small incisions. Once the excess fat is removed, the skin should conform to the smaller shape in a few months - if the skin is youthful and elastic! If the skin lacks strength and elasticity, the skin tone will worsen after liposuction, accelerating the aged appearance of the tissues. In patients with marginal skin tone and fat deposits, it may be prudent to leave the fat deposit to fill out and "tighten" the loose skin. A smooth, youthful, "plump" contour is usually preferable to thin contours with irregular (cellulite), aged, and loose skin.
MYTH: Liposuction tightens the skin.
REALITY: Youthful, elastic skin tightens smoothly after liposuction. Thin, weak, inelastic, aged, sun-damaged, or stretch-marked skin does not tighten smoothly after liposuction, resulting in lumpy, irregular, unnatural contours and/or relaxed, dimpled, saggy skin. These changes worsen with age.
In addition to familial fat bulges, the other common cosmetic concern of many patients is loose, saggy skin and cellulite. Pregnancies, significant weight changes (massive weight loss or yo-yo dieting), familial skin weakness, sun-damage, and normal aging are all factors in producing skin relaxation. Sagging (of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs), skin surface irregularities (cellulite), and poor skin tone will occur in all persons with time. Being significantly overweight in childhood and teenage years results in premature skin aging.
The only effective treatment of loose, saggy skin and cellulite of the body is to remove the excess skin and underlying fat with a body lift, tightening the skin and fat to produce youthful skin tone and natural contours. Body lifts are "facelifts" for the body. Body lifts should use bikini line scar seams to remove the excess tissue. Liposuction and body lifts are often combined to treat both familial fat deposits and skin laxity.
LIPOSUCTION REMOVES FAT so you will "LOOK THINNER"
BODY LIFTS TIGHTEN SKIN so you will "LOOK YOUNGER" and "REJUVENATED"