Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in
weight, and genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can
cause abdominal, hip and thigh sagging. Body lifting is a combined body
contouring procedure that improves the appearance of the abdomen, buttocks,
thighs and breasts by removing excess skin, sagging tissues and then
repositioning or moving the remaining tissue to a more natural position.
There are two main types of body lifts - lower body lift or belt lipectomy and upper body lift. When upper and lower body lifts are performed on the same patient, it is called total body lift. In general, body lifting aims to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. It is typically done after major weight loss, including those that occur after bariatric surgery.
Who Is This For?
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Most people require a recovery period of four to six weeks before returning to normal activities after a body lift procedure. After 2-3 weeks, they can resume their non-strenuous jobs. Usually, they should wait six to eight weeks before exercising. Because the incisions should be protected from excessive force, abrasion or movement during this time.
Success Rate: 90%
How Does it Work?
The body lift surgery is performed so that one attains a permanent body recontour. You can undergo this surgery after having had an extensive weight loss. To create a more good-looking silhouette, body lift surgery targets the stubborn areas with a range of procedures. This surgery is highly customized and it includes procedures such as BBL, thigh lift, arm lift, tummy tuck, liposuction and breast lift.
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What Does a Body Lift Involve?
It takes 5 hours to complete a body lift surgery. If you decide to have this surgery, we will make sure that you have a pleasant trip and on the other hand, the surgeons will make it a point that they customize the surgery so as to match your needs, preferences as well as the clinics’ practices.
Here are some of the stages you should expect to go through if you decide to go through this procedure:
1. Final consultation with your surgeon
Your first consultation will be done online, but when you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your Otoplasty specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies and if you’re currently taking any medication. Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterwards you will discuss the procedure in detail. If you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration by drawing some marks on your face as he/she prepares you for the surgery.
Since the body lift surgery involves multiple procedures, it is impossible and dangerous to undergo all of them in one session. So, if you need more than 2 surgeries, your surgeon will come up with a treatment plan that is very convenient for you.
2. Taking the anesthesia
When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given general anaesthesia. In some cases, this procedure can be performed while the patient is under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will decide on what’s best for you.
3. How is Body Lift Procedure Performed?
When you have been given anesthesia, your surgeon will start to make the incisions. The incisions made vary from one patient to the other. Depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed, your surgeon will decide on where to make the incisions, but he/she will inform you during your face-to-face consultation. Generally, the incision technique used will be in accordance with your needs and expectations.
Soon after the incisions are made, your surgeon will move on to remove and reposition excess skin. The surgeon can also tighten the abdominal muscles and in most cases, the patient’s belly button will need to be repositioned. After this process, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and operated area will be bandaged. Small drainage tubes can also be placed under the skin for a while to collect the blood or fluids.
4. Post-op checks
A day after the surgery, your surgeon will have to do some check-ups. He/she will also give you some instructions to follow during the recovery period. You will also be given some meds that will accelerate the recovery process and douse any sort of discomfort.
What Should I Expect from a Body Lift Procedure?
Things You Should Do Before The Body Lift Surgery
Is Body Lift Painful?
You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.
What Is the Right Time to Have A Body Lift Procedure After Bariatric Surgery?
In general, it should not be earlier than 1 year. Because most patients will be in their final stable weight for about 1 year after their bariatric surgeries.
Is It Possible to Have an Entire Body Lift at Once?
Although some surgeons do this, some of them prefers to separate lifting procedures of breast, arms, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen for shortening the duration of each operation, speeding recovery, and maximizing patient safety.
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