What is the Light-Life Body Reshaping Program?

Light-Life is a comprehensive body reshaping program for those who have experienced major weight loss. After the weight is gone, there is often a significant amount of excess skin left over. This extra skin can look unpleasant, cause chafing, and make it difficult to fit in clothes. It can also be an unwanted reminder of the past. Below are common experiences among people who’ve lost a lot of weight:

  • The upper arms sag and appear loose
  • The breasts look flat or hang with nipples pointed downward
  • An ‘apron-like’ overhang occurs in the abdominal area
  • The buttocks, groin, and thighs sag and cause hanging pockets of skin

Surgical body contouring improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin and removes excess fatty and skin tissue that is resistant to diet and exercise. The result is a sculpted, contoured body — and the final and most rewarding phase of weight loss.

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Why choose Dr. Markelov?

Dr. Markelov completed his demanding surgical training at some of the nation’s premier medical schools and used his hard-won expertise to craft the Light-Life Body Reshaping Program. Below is a sample of Dr. Markelov’s educational achievements and honors:

  • Double board-certified
  • Undertook rigorous plastic surgery training at the top-rated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Recipient of various teaching awards at Drexel University College of Medicine at Easton
  • Hospital, where he completed his general surgery training

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What will my treatment entail? A cost-effective and efficient way to rejuvenate your whole body

As with everything Dr. Markelov does, the Light-Life Program is completely customized to suit each individual patient’s needs. Bundling the services is a way to make complete cosmetic rejuvenation easier to plan and more affordable. Dr. Markelov carefully evaluates each patient’s needs and medical history and will not move forward with any procedure unless he is confident of patient satisfaction.  The services below are part of the Light-Life Body Reshaping Program: 

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes the excess skin and fat that hangs over your lower abdomen. It improves body shape and silhouette and reduces the hygiene complications associated with the overhang of excess skin and fat. The abdominal wall is also tightened, and the belly button is placed in an appropriate position. Liposuction, hernia repair, and excision of abdominal scars are completed when necessary.


Liposuction removes excessive fat deposits. It is the most popular method of body contouring because it allows the surgeon to re-sculpt specific areas using only a few tiny incisions. There are many different methods of liposuction available, and Dr. Markelov will discuss which one is right for you. Liposuction does not accomplish excess skin removal or reduce cellulite, however.

Breast lift

Breast lift, or mastopexy, elevates the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The lifting technique uses your own tissue to fill the gap and helps you obtain a full shape.  If you are a candidate, implants can be added to a procedure. 

Male breast reduction

Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, removes excessive breast tissue and fat in men and sculpts a masculine chest. Enlarged breast tissue can cause insecurity in a man, as well as back pain and other discomforts. This procedure helps achieve a balanced and proportional body.

Arm lift

Arm lift, or brachioplasty, removes excess skin from the upper arms. The skin on the arms commonly loses its elasticity naturally due to aging, or rapid weight loss. Arm lift surgery tightens and tones the upper arms, restoring a youthful contour. Patients with excess fat on their arms may elect to have liposuction performed as well.

Thigh lift

Thigh lift surgery reduces excess hanging skin and fat. This procedure yields smoother skin and proportional, contoured thighs and lower body. It also makes exercise easier.  A thigh lift may be undergone in combination with liposuction if there is significant excess fat.

Buttock lift

Buttock lift removes loose skin and lifts the buttocks higher on the body. Buttock lifts can usually be performed as a day surgery or overnight stay procedure. Most people return to normal everyday activities and work within 3-4 weeks following surgery.

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Determining your candidacy Is the Light-Life Body Reshaping program for me?

The Light-Life Body Reshaping Program is the final stage of a major weight loss experience and a chance to finally achieve the physique you worked so hard for. Good candidates for this program:

  • Are goal-oriented, believe in themselves, and consider their weight loss as a permanent life change
  • Are self-disciplined, courageous, and hard-working
  • Are already self-confident, but know there are additional cosmetic tweaks necessary

What benefits can I expect as a participant?

Patients who have participated in the Light-Life Program reported the following changes:

  • Enhanced overall quality of life
  • Improved overall health 
  • Improved ability to exercise, a more active lifestyle
  • Improved personal and social life
  • Elevated self-confidence
  • Reduced sweating

AM Plastic Surgery for total body rejuvenation

With the Light-Life Body Reshaping Program, Dr. Markelov can transform your figure and the way you carry yourself. This program helps achieve the youthful physique you desire. Contact AM Plastic Surgery for a consultation with Tampa Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Markelov, today.

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