Plastic Surgery

Body lift surgery

What is the Body lift surgery?

The rising popularity of rapid weight loss surgeries and dieting regimens leads to the increasing demand of body lift procedures to remove the flabby, loose skin. Also aging, pregnancy, certain genetic skin conditions can result in lax hanging tissues. Body lift surgery may be the ideal solution to this saggy skin, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance and a more aesthetically pleasing body. A complete body lift operation may include tightening of the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, hips, arms, and breasts, and back. A patient can also choose to have the procedure performed on individual areas of the body.

What is the procedure?

Body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes from 3 to 7 hours.

Body Lift Surgery often involves several stages to address the entire body: lower body lift (hips, buttocks, flanks, thighs, abdomen), breast lift, back and arm lift.

In the first stages the patient will be lying to one side and the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the hips, buttocks, thighs, and arms on either side. In the final stage, an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed when the patient is lying on the back.

The details of each stage are similar. The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin using incisions that will generally be hidden under underwear and swimwear. After the excision wounds are closed, the surgeon can use excess tissue or an upward pushing force to lift areas, such as the breasts or buttocks, as needed. Excision is often combined with liposuction for a more thorough removal of undesired fat. A surgical drain may be used to remove additional internal fluid that can collect in the body cavities during surgery. The patient may need to stay in the hospital for one or two days, or even longer depending on the intensity of the procedure and amount of fat and skin removed.

Additional operations may be necessary, as it may not be viable to complete the body lift in one sitting. These procedures can be completed at three-month intervals in order to improve your body shape and skin tone to the fullest. Because the body lift is an intensive surgical process, patients generally must be in good physical health and fitness and have been around the same weight for at least the past 18 months. Since most of the stitches used under the skin will be absorbable and dissolvable, there is usually no need to return to have them removed.

What kind of result can you expect?

Most swelling should subside within the first 4 to 6 weeks, although your final result may not be fully realized until up to 1 to 2 years. After the surgery, you will feel more comfortable with your body image and shape, fit into clothes that make you feel attractive and boost your self-confidence. Your body contours should be permanently improved provided you do not lose or gain a significant amount of weight. However, age and gravity will eventually cause some loss of firmness. Maintaining a healthy diet and doing routine exercises will improve the results your body lift will give you over time.

Recovery period and recommendations

Expected post-operative side effects include swelling and bruising that will generally subside over the course of a few weeks. You may experience pain, which can be alleviated as needed with prescription pain medication. As with many cosmetic surgery operations, a complete or partial body lift can create substantial visible scarring in the first six weeks. During this initial recovery period, your scars may be raised and red in color. However, after about six to twelve months, the scars will fade and flatten significantly to a color and texture close to that of your normal skin.

Most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until at least 4 to 6 weeks have passed. It is important that your incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during this time.

Possible side effects and complications

As with any complex surgical operation, there are certain risks and complications associated with the procedure, including poor or inadequate wound healing, minor separations of the skin, decreased sensation on the areas of surgery, and formation of seromas or pockets of fluid that can arise under the skin, loss of sensation in certain areas that were operated on or nerve damage.

Should you experience any abnormal bleeding, observe signs of infection, or a sudden increase in pain while at home, immediately contact your surgeon.






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