A body lift is a fantastic body contouring procedure for patients looking to complete their weight loss journey by removing large skin folds and stubborn fat from the hip, outer thigh, lower abdomen and upper buttocks areas.
What is a body lift?
People who have lost a lot of weight often find that their skin cannot return completely back to normal. A body lift is the combination of several different surgeries that can help to remove the excess skin, stretched muscles, sagging buttocks and even excess fat left behind after substantial weight loss. After being stretched, the excess fat and skin cannot re-shape itself to your body’s new slimmer form which is why a body lift may pose the ideal solution.
Who is a suitable candidate for a body lift?
A body lift is generally recommended for people who have lost a lot of body weight and are battling with excess and sagging skin. A body lift is not an operation to cure obesity. If you are more than 50% over your ideal body weight then we would suggest that you first follow a weight-loss program before we can perform this procedure. Once you are at your ideal weight, the body lift can be performed, allowing the patients to wear clothes that were previously unsuitable.
What can the body lift do for me?
A full body lift can remove excess sheets of skin, hide stretch marking, lift sagging buttocks as well as remove excess fat. The exact procedures that we will use for your full body lift will depend on the extent of what needs to be done.
What does a body lift entail?
The full body lift combines multiple procedures to target specific problem areas so that you can enjoy the results of your significant weight loss.
- A lower body lift usually includes a tummy tuck, thigh lift and a butt lift
- Upper body lifts vary depending on your needs but can include an arm lift, removal of extra skin on the chest and back and a breast lift for women
- A full body lift involves a combination of both upper and lower body surgeries, commonly performed months apart so that your body has time to heal
Is a body lift right for me?
Suitable candidates a full body lift are those who:
- Have lost a large amount of weight and kept it off. You should have a stable weight for at least six months so that you know exactly how much residual excess skin needs to be removed
- Have a large amount of loose skin. The full body lift is best performed on those with enough excess skin to lift, remove and tighten
- Don’t smoke. Smoking makes recovering from any surgery far more difficult. If you want a full body lift then you should try to quit smoking at least six weeks before and after your procedure.
- Don’t have any chronic health conditions. Diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and other serious medical conditions may affect your body’s ability to heal as well as increase your risk of complications while undergoing surgery.
What happens after a body lift?
A body lift involves the surgeon removing your extra skin and fat as well as lifting and tightening your remaining skin usually through cutting off excess tissue and combined with liposuction. Depending on the extent of your surgery, the recovery may take a few hours to a few days. You will be sent home with compression garments that will prevent your skin from moving or swelling too much during your healing process. Surgical drains my be needed too. These prevent fluids from building up.
When will I see results of my body lift?
Within 6 – 8 weeks, most of the main potential problems should have passed. By three month, you should be able to resume more strenuous activities. You will not be able to see the full results of your body lift until the swelling goes down. This can take between 3 – 6 months. This is how long it should take for your scars to fade, which can also be assisted by a scar treatment after the incisions have healed.
If you are considering a body lift and would like more information of the full body lift procedure, please contact us on 5530 2022