If you are considering a Body Lift, there may be some questions you would like answered.
A body lift may be considered if the patient has dramatically lost a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time
The Body Lift procedure is designed to remove skin and lift the breasts, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. It would usually be carried out as part of the Abdominoplasty and is common for patients who have undergone excessive weight loss as the result of Bariatric Surgery to require a Body Lift.
The goal of the Body Lift is to give patients who have undergone dramatic weight loss the body they have always wanted to achieve. Once weight Loss is complete patients can be left with drooping and sagging skin which can make choosing clothes difficult. It can be uncomfortable, can lead to skin irritation and can affect self-confidence. The removal of skin will result in a more shapely and contoured body which should heighten self-esteem and body image.
Body Lift surgery is carried out under a General Anaesthetic and takes around 2-3hrs in theatre although this depends on the extent of the lift, patients are required to stay overnight in hospital. An Incision is made from hip to hip and extends around the back towards the buttocks. The excess skin and tissue is then removed and the underlying muscles are tightened and the skin is sutured, the umbilicus will also be repositioned during the procedure via a separate incision. Surgical drains will be in place to drain away any excess fluid and to then surgical dressings and a compression garment are applied to reduce swelling and maintain shape, the garment will need to be worn for several weeks post surgery.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery there are potential risks and complications to be aware of the most common risks are numbness, bruising and swelling. There are also some more uncommon complications which include Infection, haematoma, seroma, skin necrosis and thickened scars. General Anaesthesia carries its own risks for example, cardiac/respiratory issues and DVT Our team of nursing staff monitor the progress of patients for signs of these complications very carefully post operatively and patients are given contact information should they need medical assistance once discharged from the hospital.
Once the healing process is complete it is important to maintain a healthy weight through a stable diet and exercise plan to maintain the result.