A Body Lift is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the most parts of the body. The procedure flattens the stomach, elevates the thighs and buttocks, and contours the hips. At the same time, a Lower Body Lift also removes skin circumferentially along the bikini line and is one of the most effective plastic surgery procedures for improving the appearance of the body after weight loss.
Good candidates for Lower Body Lift surgery are patients who have developed much laxity along the abdomen, lower torso, buttocks, and upper thighs. The typical patient is a formerly obese person who has achieved a more normal Body Mass Index (BMI), though non-weight loss patients may have the surgery as well. To be considered for surgery, a patient should be in good health, any medical issues should be well controlled, and he/she should be a non-smoker.
Some procedures may occasionally be combined in an extended single surgery session. However, it is usually not recommended to have too many procedures performed at once, this will be decided at your consultation.
No, if you are satisfied with your tummy tuck it does not have to be done again. An extension of the tummy tuck incisions can be used to lift the buttock and thighs.
If the hanging skin has a good tone with some fat, it may respond to liposuction. If not, direct excision of the skin is the other option. There must be a plan to treat this scar aggressively, as there is no place to conceal it in a body crease.
A body lift flattens and smoothens the abdomen. During the procedure, the abdominal muscles are tightened from the rib cage down to the pelvis creating an internal corset. This tightening of the muscle layer is essential for creating a flat, contoured abdomen. Excess skin is then rewrapped downward, removed, and sutured as a fine line.
A body lift improves the appearance of the thighs by elevating the skin and soft tissues. The benefit is most directly observed along the outer thighs where the upward pull can be the greatest. The effect of removing extra skin and elevating the soft tissue is a smoother, thinner thigh with fewer wrinkles and cellulite. The extra skin is removed along with the bikini line incision.
Redundant fat and skin along the flanks are a common area of concern. Many women and men complain about this hanging over the top of their pants. A body lift will directly remove this extra skin and fat creating a more contoured, hourglass figure for women and reduces the flanks for men.
During a body lift, the buttocks are elevated and smoothens the skin, while reducing cellulite and wrinkles. Some weight loss patients have a paucity of tissue in this area. While a lower body lift elevates and smoothens buttocks, it may also lead to a flattened appearance. For this reason, some patients may benefit from a buttock augmentation using their own tissue. This can be performed at the same time as a Lower Body Lift.
Liposuction only removes fat. It does not tighten the skin, and it does not improve cellulite. A Body Lift both tightens the skin and improves cellulite.
As with any plastic surgery, the recovery following a Body Lift is a gradual process. After one or two nights in the hospital, patients will go home. During the first two weeks following surgery, it is important to rest and relax. Most patients will take two to three weeks off from work, depending upon their occupation.
Six weeks following a Body Lift, patients can start to resume exercise. While some may be impatient to get back to their routine, a Body Lift covers a large area and it is important to allow these areas to heal.
As with any surgery, complications are possible following Body Lift surgery. General risks include bleeding and infection. The most common complication unique to Body Lift surgery is the development of a seroma. A seroma is an accumulation of fluid under the skin at the site of surgery. It is considered a minor complication and typically resolves with no long-term effect following treatment in the clinic.