A body lift is a combination of surgical procedures designed to improve the overall appearance of the patient's body, by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. A body lift also involves the removal of underlying excess fat and can treat cellulite.
The procedure is most commonly performed on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to lose weight, or who have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise, and are left with excess skin around the body.
A lower body lift is the most popular type of body lift which can include an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thigh and butt lift. Other surgeries can also be combined in a body lift, such as a breast lift or arm lift.
Weight loss patients with excess skin
ABOUT BODY LIFT
Number of days in hospital: 1 - 3 days
Average length of stay abroad: 1 - 2 weeks.
Patients must check with their surgeon that they are fit enough to fly home, as well as taking necessary precautions against deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
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Before body lift surgery, the patient will be advised to quit smoking if they are a smoker, as this can slow down the recovery process.
In preparation for general anesthesia, patients should fast as instructed by the clinic. It is also important to avoid taking any medications which thin the blood, such as aspirin.
Most body lift surgeries involve a surgical incision around the patient's circumference to remove the loose skin. This can be combined with liposuction to improve the contour of the patient's body. Depending on the patient's goals, the surgeon will perform the surgery on various areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, and butt. Once satisfied with the shape, the surgeon will close the incision with support structures and dress the wounds.
The Body Lift takes 5 to 7 hours.
HOW IT IS PERFORMED
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BEFORE BODY LIFT ABROAD
Post procedure care
Most patients will wear an abdominal binder after surgery, to protect the wound area and encourage healing. Patients are usually offered strong painkillers and antibiotics for the first few days after surgery.
Patients will usually need to take 1 to 3 weeks off work to allow for the body to heal and recover.
Swelling, soreness, and redness are common after the surgery, but will pass in combination with pain medication.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER BODY LIFT
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BODY LIFT
Not recommended for
Patients anticipating considerable weight loss
Women intending to have children
Poor wound healing
Persistent swelling in the legs
Many patients who have a lost a lot of weight choose to have a body lift to remove excess skin.
The surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the arm, redefining the shape and appearance of the arm.