Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) in Sherman Oaks, CA

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A lower body lift is a body contouring procedure that transforms the body by removing excess skin and fat to reshape and lift certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid and the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Depending on how much skin removal is required, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which allows the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is major surgery and can redefine a patient’s lower body. Sherman Oaks, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Husam Elias has special training in skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but to complete their overall transformation with a tighter figure.

During the body lift procedure, Dr. Elias makes an incision around the torso from front to back. Depending on your needs, additional incisions may be necessary under the crease of the buttocks and/or in the groin area. He then removes loose skin, tightens muscles in some cases, and uses liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue. For this portion of the procedure, a small tube called a cannula is inserted into an incision and attached to a suction device, which removes precise amounts of fat. This process also improves cellulite. The incisions are then sutured and bandaged, and you are given a compression garment to wear for a period of time.

Drains are usually inserted into incisions to capture post-surgical fluids. We will show you how to care for them, and they will be removed in a few days. The sutures are removed in 1 – 2 weeks. For the majority of the bruising and swelling to subside, however, recovery takes several weeks. The swelling will resolve last, but the compression garments will keep swelling to a minimum. It’s normal to experience soreness, bruising, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling after surgery. We will give you a prescription for pain medication and an antibiotic.

Since strenuous activity can increase blood pressure, it’s very important to avoid heavy exercise for at least six weeks. However, being completely inactive is one of the worst things you can do after a procedure. Dr. Elias will let you know when you can begin to take regular walks. You should be able to resume light exercise after about six weeks. Scars will become less noticeable as time goes by. Rest assured that we will give you detailed instructions for your recovery, and we will be available to answer your questions and monitor your progress during follow-up appointments.

My experience with this office was absolutely stellar. Firstly, the staff welcomes you warmly when you arrive. Diana (doctor’s assistant) met me in the exam room.  Diana has a way of instantly making you feel comfortable and any nervousness you may be feeling is dissipated.... Because you can’t stop laughing. Then enters Dr. Elias.... He is extremely approachable, honest, and knowledgeable. It doesn’t hurt that he has multiple degrees. I am ecstatic that I found this business:

B.S. Yelp

Dr. Elias pulled my wisdom teeth out like they called his mamma fat or something! Surgery was quick and basically painless. Didn’t need any of the pain meds and was back at work two days later looking like a snack. Diane was the nurse that took care of me for most of the process and she was so wonderful, kind, funny and sweet. If my wisdom teeth every grow back, I will definitely be coming back to Dr. Elias immediately. Thank you!

M.W. Yelp

He did Facetite on me on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday - Dr. Elias is wonderful! He did Facetite on me on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday. He's a true artist & perfectionist! He's really good at injectables as well. I get Botox & fillers all the time with him. The staff is very friendly!

C. RealSelf

Excellent, clear communication, professional. Great staff with a fun vibe. Clean office. Lots of follow ups and no issues with my dental implant! Everyone was A+.

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Southern California Center for Surgical Arts welcomes all weight loss patients to consult about our skin removal procedures and the options for lower body lift surgery. Dr. Elias takes pride in helping his patients achieve their goals. If you have excessive skin and hanging folds on the mid to lower portion of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation.

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