Bristol Plastic Surgery
John Bandeian, MD
Creating a New You

Body Lift

Bristol Body Lift Surgeon – Dr. Bandeian
Serving Patients in Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Tri-Cities, TN-VA and Kingsport, TN

Body Lift Total Cost: $9,000 

A circumferential tummy tuck, also known as a belt lipectomy or body lift, removes loose skin from the tummy, waist, buttocks and lower back. It will remove some stretch marks, and will tighten the stomach muscles when necessary. The scar goes all the way around the patient, like a belt. Patients who are interested in this operation may call Dr. Bandeian’s Bristol cosmetic surgery office for an office consultation. The cost of the consultation is applied to the surgical fee. If a patient has had a gastric bypass surgery and has significant loose skin to interfere with personal hygiene, medical insurance may cover the cost of the tummy tuck. Otherwise, it will be considered a cosmetic operation that the patient must pay for out of pocket. Dr. Bandeian gives his patients 4 prescriptions: one for antiseptic soap to use before surgery, one for prophylactic antibiotics one for nausea, and one for pain medication. Dr. Bandeian gives his Bristol, Kingsport, Elizabethton, Tri-Cities, TN-VA and Johnson City body lift patients a choice of different pain medication, including the most powerful pain medication that can be taken by mouth because he wants his patients to be as comfortable as possible after the surgery.

Dr. Bandeian performs the surgery at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, TN. His patients are put to sleep for their surgery by an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist. The operation takes about 6 hours. The patient spends the night in the hospital. Dr. Bandeian sees his Bristol body lift patients on the day after surgery and several times thereafter. He instructs his patients not to drive a car or do any housework for the first 7 days after the surgery. The stitches are left in for about 10–14 days. Most women return to work in about one week. After the first week, patients can lift up to 10 pounds; thereafter, they can lift 10 additional pounds each week. Swimming, tennis, and upper body aerobics should be avoided until 6 weeks after surgery. A few days after the surgery, Dr. Bandeian will have his patients wear an abdominal binder or a girdle. Most patients can return to work in 2–3 weeks.

In addition to performing body lift surgery in Bristol, TN, Dr. Bandeian also offers surgical treatments for Bristol tummy tuck and liposuction patients.

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