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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.


Body lift surgery or body contouring surgery is usually recommended for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery or lost a significant amount of weight. Any individual with excess sagging skin and tissue around different parts of the body can benefit from body contouring surgery or body lift surgery. The procedure can also help individuals with cellulite, especially if they cannot get rid of cellulite with the alternative treatments such as regular exercises, firming body lift kits or body creams such as Clarins body lift cellulite control

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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İzmir, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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İzmir, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Body lift surgery or body contouring is not recommended for patients who have heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. Heavy smokers should stop smoking before and after undergoing this procedure. Patients suffering from an active infection are not good candidates for this procedure.


1 to 3 nights stay in the hospital is required


5 to 7 hours


2 to 4 weeks


Patients need to avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, herbal teas, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory medicines for at least 2 weeks before body lift surgery. Patients also need to have a stable weight before undergoing body lift surgery.


Body lift surgeons usually perform the body contouring surgery in one session, under general anesthesia. 

Body contouring surgery can be broken down into several, individual components: 

● Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery 
● Mastopexy or breast lift surgery 
● Abdominoplasty 
● Lower body lift which includes the tummy, outer thighs, and the area around the midsection

Body lift surgery usually lasts anywhere between 1 and 7 hours, depending on the procedures included. Once the procedure is over, patients will be required to spend between 1 and 3 days in the hospital, under close medical supervision.


The recovery period depends on the procedures performed. If it is performed as a single, simple procedure, patients can return to their normal life routine including work in around one week. If multiple procedures are performed, complete recovery may take between 3 and 9 weeks. Patients usually spend the first 1-2 weeks at home, at rest. They may have to wear certain compression garments and smoking is strongly prohibited within that period. Most patients return to normal activities in around 2 or 3 weeks.


Body contouring surgery risks and complications can include: 

● Excessive bleeding 
● Infection 
● Anesthesia-related complications 

● Blood clots

● Poor wound healing
● Seroma 
● Dehiscence 
● Scarring on the arms, chest, stomach or legs 

● Persistent pain
● Revision surgery 
● Permanent loss of sensitivity in certain areas 
● Asymmetry


Body lift surgery side effects can include: 

● Slight bleeding 
● Pain and discomfort in multiple areas 
● Temporary loss of sensitivity in the incision area 
● Bruising in multiple areas 
● Swelling

● Numbness around operated sites

● Difficulty in bending forward due to the tightened skin


Body contouring reviews set the average success rate at 96%.


Body lift surgery results can be noticed immediately after the surgery. The swelling will gradually subside over the next few weeks. Patients need to take certain precautions in order not to gain any more weight once the body contouring surgery is over. Although effects such as age and gravity will eventually cause some loss of firmness, a healthy lifestyle will go a long way in helping the patient shorten his or her recovery period and in the same time reduce scarring.


When Can I Resume Exercise After the Body Contouring Procedure?
Patients need to avoid exercise or sports for at least 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure because bending, straining or lifting is not allowed during this period. Although sports need to be avoided during the first weeks, less physically draining activities are recommended during the recovery period. Patients are encouraged to take walks and engage in less physical activities. 


Can Body Lift Surgery Be Combined with Other Types of Surgery?
Yes, besides the procedure itself is a combination of abdominoplasty, thigh lift and buttocks lift, some patients opt to have breast augmentation surgery at the same time.

 

How Long Do the Results Of Body Lift Surgery Last?
Body contouring brings long-lasting results, but it still depends on a number of factors, including the patient’s lifestyle, diet, exercise, age. 

How Long Before My Scars Heal or Disappear?
The scars generally take up to 18 months before they become less noticeable, but they will never disappear completely. Most of the scars will be quite discrete after 18 months, and mostly hidden in the bikini lines.


How many days should I travel/stay abroad to do the treatment?

You will need a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks off work. 


This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in February 2022