Planning Your Body Lift After Weight Loss Sarasota
Consultation With Dr. Sessa
The first step to undergoing your body lift surgery after weight loss in Sarasota is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sessa. At this consultation, Dr. Sessa will ask about your goals and previous massive weight loss. He will also review your medical history, any future weight loss goals, and other relevant aspects of your lifestyle. Finally, Dr. Sessa will conduct a brief examination of the areas.
If he determines that you are a good candidate for the best body contouring after weight loss Sarasota offers, he will describe the results you can expect. Before leaving you will receive a personalized price quote and financing information.
Preparing For Surgery
Before your body lift surgery after weight loss in Sarasota, you will need to prepare for surgery. Preparation can look different depending on your medical history. However, preparing for the procedure may include:
- Ceasing certain medications temporarily (if possible)
- Obtaining medical clearances (if necessary)
- Making arrangements for time off, a caregiver, and childcare
- Refrain from smoking or drinking
- Continue eating well and exercising
- Plan to wear loose clothing that does not need to be pulled over your head on surgery day
- Fill your prescriptions from Dr. Sessa before surgery
- Do not eat for several hours before surgery (per the instructions given at your pre-operative appointment)
- Shower the day before or of body lift surgery
Body Lift Surgery Day
On the day of surgery, a certified anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia. A lower body lift usually includes a circumferential incision from the abdomen around each side and across the back, essentially combining a tummy tuck and back/buttock lift. This allows Dr. Sessa to remove all the extra skin in these areas and tighten the abdominal muscles.
In some cases, Dr. Sessa may also perform a thigh lift, arm lift, Brazilian butt lift, or standard surgical butt lift during a lower body lift. The procedure tends to range from four to six hours. Once you wake up, you will stay in recovery for observation before going home with your caregiver to begin your recovery at home.
Recovery, Results & Aftercare
Skin removal after weight loss Sarasota involves a fairly extensive recovery. It tends to take two to three weeks for a patient to comfortably return to work and basic daily activities. Dr. Sessa will prescribe patients pain medication to help them manage their post-operative pain and side effects. You will also attend post-operative appointments during this time.
Drains and bandages are removed after about five to seven days for most lower body lift patients. Sometimes, Dr. Sessa will recommend keeping the incisions covered for longer. Once a patient returns to work, they can begin exercising carefully, but should avoid anything too strenuous or that places stress on their incisions.
At between six and eight weeks, patients can typically return to most, or all, of their normal activities and exercise. Dr. Sessa will clear patients for activities on a case-by-case basis following body lift after weight loss Sarasota.