Frequently Asked Questions about Lift Procedures

 

What is a body lift procedure?

What is the difference between a body lift, a circumferential lipectomy, and a belt lipectomy?

How much weight can be removed with a body lift procedure?

Will health insurance cover a body lift procedure?

Are there different types of thigh lifts?

Are there any body lift procedures that do not involve extensive scarring?

 

What is a body lift procedure?
A lift procedure is a body contouring cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin and other tissue that may have sagged or drooped and pull or move remaining tissue into a more natural position. Often, these procedures are necessary after a large weight loss has left behind a lot of loose skin that sags or hangs in folds.

Lift procedures include thigh lift, arm lift, buttock lift, and body lift. A breast lift is also a lift procedure and is another form of body contouring. A face lift, of course, is a lift procedure to reduce or eliminate wrinkles on the face by lifting the tissues and removing excess facial skin.

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What is the difference between a body lift, a circumferential lipectomy, and a belt lipectomy?
There is no difference. Those are all names for the same procedure.

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How much weight can be removed with a lift procedure?
A thigh lift, arm lift, or body lift should not be thought of as a weight loss procedure. However, because they do remove excess skin and other tissueincluding some subcutaneous fatyou will lose some weight. A full body lift, which is a combination of a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift, may remove as much as 20 pounds for someone who has a large amount of redundant skin after losing a large amount of weight.

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Will health insurance cover a lift procedure?
Usually, health insurance will not cover any surgery or medical treatment done strictly to enhance appearance. However, in some cases where large amounts of redundant folds of skin left by massive weight loss (such as after bariatric surgery) cause recurrent infections, a health insurer may cover the procedure. You will have to determine what your insurer will cover and you may have to go through an appeals process.

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Are their different types of thigh lifts?
Yes. You can have an inner thigh lift that raises sagging skin on the insides of the upper leg or an outer thigh lift that raises pulls the outer sides of the thigh upward.

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Are there any lift procedures that do not involve extensive scarring?
No, not really. Most lift procedures involve rather long incisions. An arm lift may involve an incision down the under side of the arm as far as the elbow and an inner thigh lift may have a scar that extends downward to the knee. A body lift can have an incision that completely encircles the body. However, most surgeons will position the incisions so that they are as hidden as possible under clothes or a bathing suit.

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