Body Lift in Portland, OR

What is a body lift?

A body lift will remove excessive skin and fat and improve your irregular, dimpled skin surface. The procedure can include the abdominal area extending to the sides and the lower back, the buttocks which could be uneven or flat, the groin area that may have sagged into the inner thigh and the inner and outer thighs.

Many factors may contribute to sagging tissue including aging, sun damage, pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and genetic influences.

During your body lift procedure, Dr. Bohley will first administer anesthesia. Incisions will then be made to correct your individual cosmetic issues. A common body lift incision is similar to a bikini pattern to tighten to tissues of the abdomen, waist, thighs, and buttocks. An incision made circumferentially around the body will remove excess skin, as well as reposition and tighten tissues. Incisions will then be closed, and any bandaging will be applied.

Am I a good candidate for a body lift?

Good candidates for a body lift are those who have significant areas of loose skin in one or various body zones. Patients must be in general good health with realistic expectations from the procedure. Non-smokers who are committed to fitness and healthy nutrition often have the best procedural outcomes.

Patients who have medical conditions that could impair the healing process or increase risks of surgery may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. It is important to consult with Dr. Bohley before any surgical process to ensure that a particular procedure is a good match for you.

What is the recovery period?

During recovery, drains will be inserted to collect any excess fluid, and bandages will be applied to give support and reduce swelling for the first few days. A compression garment will have to be worn for a few weeks and any sutures will be removed within two weeks. Your recovery time period will depend on the healing of the incisions, which could take a month or longer. You may require at least two to three weeks off from work and normal activities will have to be restricted for four to six weeks. You can resume exercising within six to eight weeks, but you must follow Dr. Bohley’s post- operative instructions for optimal healing.

What will be my results from the body lift?

Body lift results can be seen almost immediately after surgery. Dr. Bohley meets personally with every one of his body lift and/or thigh lift patients in Portland to discuss their concerns and create a personalized treatment plan. During this time, he may also suggest a combination of procedures to help all patients achieve the looks they desire. For the most part, your results from a body lift will be permanent. The body contouring from the removal of excessive fat and skin is permanent. However, weight fluctuations or aging can alter the results. Following Dr. Bohley’s recovery advice will help to ensure an optimal procedure outcome.