It is time for a complete transformation from your top to literally your bottom! You’ve lost the weight, you feel great, but you may now have some loose, excess skin in some areas that you want to be removed. It is time to get yourself a better quality of life and a life-changing transformation!
Beverly Hills celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Katzen, famously dubbed the “miracle doctor” when performing the body lift, is the best when it comes to the 360 circumferential body lift.
A 360 body lift is a comprehensive procedure that addresses several of different cosmetic issues at the same time. This operation is a popular option for patients who are struggling with excess skin after weight loss. In addition to improving your appearance, a 360 body lift can also reduce your risk of skin rashes and infections. The 360 body lift will improve your overall health. If you are struggling with excess folds of skin in multiple areas, then you may be the perfect candidate for a 360 body lift.
Excess skin can be an aggravating issue to deal with. Over-the-counter skin tightening products never produce long-term results. When an individual loses a large amount of weight in a short period of time, their body will not be able to shrink the skin into the correct position. Some of those skin laxity issues might fade over the next few years, but there is no guarantee that every fold of skin will disappear. That is one of the reasons why so many people are disappointed after undergoing fat removal procedures like liposuction. The primary goal of a 360 body lift is to reveal an individual’s ideal figure by removing excess skin.
Are You Ready for the Consultation?
- Before you consider a lower body lift, your weight should be constant for three to four months within a range of two to three pounds.
- If you smoke, STOP. Ideally, you should be smoke-free for three to four months before a lower body lift.
- If you have uncontrolled diabetes, get it under control. Uncontrolled sugars negatively impact your healing.
- Continue to exercise and eat a balanced diet. These activities help your body preserve the muscle mass it needs to handle post-surgical metabolic demands.
- SLEEP! SLEEP! SLEEP! It is essential to get enough sleep to recover quickly.
During Your Consultation with Dr. Katzen
Dr. Katzen will discuss with you if you are a good candidate for the 360 circumferential lower body lift. Dr. Katzen will show you in the mirror what he hopes to achieve. Bring a list of questions and concerns you have. Dr. Katzen will happily answer any and all of your questions. Dr. Katzen and his staff would rather you know everything before surgery than for you to have questions after your body lift.
Get Your Supplies and Get Your House in Order
Here is a list of things you will need for the 360 circumferential body lift
- Recliner with a remote control which can eject you from the chair.
- Concentrated protein drinks for after surgery. Your goal is to drink about 100 grams of protein a day for about three weeks.
- Prune juice to minimize constipation.
- Phone charger next to your recliner.
- Sequential compression device to reduce the chances of a blood clot.
- Backscratcher to get itchy places.
- Alligator grippers to grab stuff off the floor.
- Toilet seat riser.
- Sheepskin pads to make the recliner more comfortable and minimize the chances of a pressure sore.
- Chucks or wee-wee pads to catch anybody fluids.
- A big plastic bag or silk pillow to get in and out of the car.
- Poise sanitary pads for the incision line.
- Painter’s tape for the dressing.
- Lanyard for the drains.
- Loose fitting clothes like sundresses, robes, and baggy sweatpants.
Also, prepare a place in your home where you plan to spend to spend most of your recovery. Prepare this room with essentials and keep them close.
Make sure to arrange someone to help you around the house. The goal is to restrict yourself from any physical activity. If you have kids or pets, for two weeks at least, arrange someone to look after them.
Pre-operative Meeting with Dr. Katzen
Several days before your 360 circumferential lower body lift, you will meet with Dr. Katzen again. You and Dr. Katzen will review your labs, EKG, and chest x-ray results. Dr. Katzen will take preoperative pictures. You and Dr. Katzen will discuss the consent for surgery. Dr. Katzen will give you prescriptions for narcotics, antibiotics, stool softener, and blood thinners. Please get these filled before surgery. After a 360 circumferential body lift, the last thing you want to be doing is waiting in line at the pharmacy to have your prescriptions filled.
Dr. Katzen and will give you the address of the surgical facility. Please use your smartphone or your computer to determine exactly where the surgery will occur and how long it will take you to drive there from your home or hotel. Please bring any of your last minute questions for review before the surgery.
It is important for patients to understand that a body lift is not just a fat removal procedure. Pockets of fat might be extracted during this operation, but the primary goal is to tighten and tone your skin. Before the body lift procedure is performed, you must be relatively close to your ideal weight. You should also be following a good diet and exercise program so that you don’t gain weight in the future. In the weeks leading up to the operation, we will give you additional instructions including which drugs and medications must be avoided.
Surgery Day Is Finally Here
On the day of your treatment, you should arrive early and in comfortable clothes. You do not want to be rushing around at the last minute on the way to surgery. Once you arrive at the surgery center or hospital, there will be paperwork you need to complete. Once the paperwork is completed, you will be brought back to the preoperative holding area. You will change into a surgical gown. You will put your belongings and clothes in a locker. Dr. Katzen will take the “before” pictures and draw on your body his surgical plan. An IV will be started. You will meet with your anesthesiologist, and any last-minute questions will be answered. You will be given medications to help you to relax, and then it is off to the operating room.
In the Operating Room
So you are on the gurney in the OR staring at the ceiling and waiting for what comes next. As the anesthetic drips in, you will slowly and painlessly drift off to sleep and go to your anesthesia vacation spot. While you are dreaming about laying on the beach with your new body, Dr. Katzen and his team will be hard at work.
Dr. Katzen’s anesthesiologist will insert a breathing tube and place several more monitors. Dr. Katzen’s nurse will insert a bladder catheter and leg squeezers. Then, you will be flipped carefully and positioned face down on the operating room table. You will be padded appropriately. Dr. Katzen’s nurse will prep your skin with Betadine. Betadine is used to kill skin bacteria.
Dr. Katzen begins the 360 circumferential lower body lift with your back. Dr. Katzen will incise, dissect, and remove excess buttock and hip skin and fat. Once everything is removed and lifted, drains are placed, and the incision is closed. You are flipped carefully on the operating room table and Dr. Katzen’s nurse will re-prep your abdomen with Betadine. Then, Dr. Katzen will continue the incision around the front to complete your 360 circumferential lower body lift.
After the incision is made, Dr. Katzen will dissect from your lower abdomen to your ribcage and sternum. Your rectus abdominis will be tightened, and your abdominal skin will be pulled down and removed. Your belly button will be re-positioned on your new abdominal wall. The result will be a flat, tight abdomen. Once Dr. Katzen is finished, a garment or binder will be placed. Dr. Katzen’s anesthesiologist will give you reversal medication, and you will wake up slowly and pain-free.
You can watch Dr. Katzen’s procedural video below:
Immediately following the 360 circumferential lower body lift surgery, you will wake up slowly in the recovery room. You will be monitored for one to two hours as the anesthesia wears off. Ideally, you will spend two or more days in a recovery center. Dr. Katzen will prescribe pain medication to ease the pain and discomfort after surgery. With time, you will return to your routine. Since everyone heals differently and at a different rate, complete healing time varies significantly.
To be sure you are healing well, you will follow-up frequently with Dr. Katzen. During the follow-up visits, if you opted for a pain pump, once it is finished, the pain-pump will be removed. During the post-operative period, you will monitor the output from your drains. Once your drains have stopped draining fluid, Dr. Katzen will remove them painlessly.
Call Dr. Katzen Today
Undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery after massive weight loss is a big decision. The 360 circumferential body lift is indeed a life-changing event and a huge step in completing your weight loss journey. Rest assured, you are in good hands with Dr. Katzen. Not only is Dr. Katzen board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but he also specializes in the 360 circumferential body lift. Many respected plastic surgeons refer their patients to Dr. Katzen for his trademark 360 circumferential body lift.
Additionally, Dr. Katzen has lectured internationally about his unique way of performing the 360 circumferential body lift. Join the hundreds of previous patients who have undergone a 360 circumferential body lift and break free of all that excess skin and fat.
If you are ready to make that big decision to change the quality of your life for the better, please call Dr. Katzen’s office at (310) 859-770. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.