A body lift procedure is done in order to tone underlying tissue that supports both the skin and fat and/or to improve the shape of the skin. During this surgical procedure, excess skin and fat are removed. The procedure is also used to improve any area that has become dimpled due to cellulite. Some areas a body lift can occur include (and are not limited to): the thighs (posterior, inner or outer), groin, abdominals or the buttocks. It’s important to note that the body lift procedure is not done just to remove extra fat; liposuction is better suited for those situations. This procedure works by repairing skin that has lost elasticity due to extreme weight loss.
Am I a good candidate?
Before having a body lift procedure, one’s weight must be stabilized, whether after weight loss surgeries or just extreme weight loss without surgeries. It’s advisable that any woman looking to get pregnant postpone this procedure as pregnancy can seriously diminish the results of the procedure.
Non-smokers, individuals with loose skin in multiple parts of the body and healthy people who don’t have medical conditions that impair healing are all good candidates for a body lift.
Since this procedure tightens the lower body, it’s advisable that the procedure is performed after the ideal or desired weight is reached. This means if a patient loses weight after the procedure, the skin may look saggy once again. Doctors also advise again excess heaviness in the thighs and buttocks as they may have a long-lasting effect on one’s results. A doctor may suggest one loses more weight in those areas before enduring this surgery.
The cost of a body lift procedure will depend on where you have the surgeon. Generally cost is influenced by the surgeon’s fee, the facility fees as well as anesthesia, prescriptions, any post-op procedures and medical tests. It’s important to remember that a surgeon’s experience and track record is much more important than that of cost and it is highly discouraged to choose a surgeon because of price alone.
Body Lift Consultation
A professional surgeon will ask a variety of questions after your initial consultation including what you want from the surgery, medical history questions and information on past tobacco, alcohol and drug use. The surgeon will evaluate your current health status and pre-existing conditions and determine if they can safely and successfully execute a body lift on you.
Body Lift Surgery Preparations
If a surgeon decides that the procedure will be safe for you to endure, there are a handful of things that will need to be done prior to actually having the surgery. These things can include: pre-operative tests, quitting smoking and adjustments on your current medications. During this time, you will be advised on what you need to do on the day of your body lift surgery, the type of anesthesia that will be used on you and all about your post-operative care and follow up directions.
About the Body Lift Surgery
Anesthesia is administered so that you are comfortable during the procedure, generally general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. After you are sedated, the surgeons will place various incisions on you depending on the location of the skin and fat to be removed and how much. A complete lower body lift includes the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen in one procedure, which includes an incision all around that removes an “apron” of skin and fat. After the skin and fat is removed, sutures, tapes or skin adhesives are placed in order to close the incisions. Results are generally seen almost immediately.
Body Lift Surgery Post-Op Recovery
Oftentimes a small tube is placed under the skin to drain any fluid or blood from the body. These drains are left internally until the amount of leakage has reduced to a safe amount and the removal of this drain occurs outpatient in the doctor’s office. Drains usually stay in place at least two weeks after surgery. Depending on the type of suture used, they may dissolve themselves. Other may need to be removed, and those typically will stay in place for two weeks as well. Depending on the place the surgery was performed, compression garments may be recommended in order to control the amount of welling. They also help to flatten and smooth the skin further. The activity level suggested will depend on the progress of healing for each patient. Also, movement helps to promote drainage to end and the drains removed sooner. However, movement can be painful or uncomfortable immediately following surgery.
Ultimately, a body lift procedure can be safely and successfully executed by a professional surgeon dedicated to providing a safe environment for the procedure.