Body Lift

Everyone knows that a facelift can make people look younger, but not everyone is aware that the body lift can do wonders, too. People who have gone through a significant weight loss often end up with sagging, flabby skin that doesn’t show off the contours of their slimmer, fitter body. Sagging skin in the thighs, buttocks, arms, breasts and abdomen also occur naturally with age or after pregnancy. A full body lift is comprised of several separate procedures which can be tailored to the patient’s needs. Each procedure is designed to trim off excess tissue and skin, leaving you with a well toned and contoured body.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A typical body lift procedure usually takes 4-7 hours to complete with the patient put under general anesthesia. Once the patient has been put under, the surgeon makes incisions in the target areas. If the procedure is to be done on the lower part of the body, it can be done with just one comprehensive procedure. A belt-like incision is made above the buttocks and around the abdomen, as well as the outer part of the thighs. The surgeon then proceeds to remove and reposition excess tissues to tighten them. Liposuction can be performed to remove fat deposits in these areas. The skin is then trimmed and made to follow the body’s natural contour before the incisions are closed with sutures. If a patient is getting a full lift, the surgeon can then move on to perform arm and bust lifts to completely tone and contour the rest of the body.

Recovering from a Body Lift

This type of procedure can be considered major surgery and is usually done in hospitals; however, if only a partial lift is done (lower or upper portions of the body only) this procedure can be done in an out-patient surgical facility. After the procedure, a fluid drain is placed under the skin to get rid of excess fluids and blood that may cause seromas. Patients may have to stay in recovery overnight before being discharged. It is normal to feel a little bit of pain and discomfort, bruising and swelling right after the procedure is done. Doctors may prescribe medication to manage the discomfort felt during the healing process. Wearing a compression garment is also recommended to provide support and to promote rapid healing. The downtime required for this sort of procedure can last for about 2 or 3 weeks, after which the patient can resume performing light activities. It can take 4-6 weeks for a patient to totally recover from the procedure and be able to do more strenuous activities. The patient will be given post-operation instructions before being discharged, and it’s important to follow these instructions in order to avoid infection and other complications.

Procedures like these are quite serious and the decision to go through with it is only yours to make. Our highly-qualified doctors will gladly discuss the pros and cons of this procedure with you and determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. Should you choose to go through with the surgery, our well-trained staff will be with you every step of the way. If you wish to know more about the body lift procedure or if you want to schedule a consultation, feel free to call us and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

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