Have you lost a dramatic amount of weight and now have excessive skin hanging from your frame? Do you feel self-conscious due to the amount of loose and sagging skin around your torso or other parts of your body? Body lifts allow those who have undergone massive weight loss to gain a physique that they have been working hard to achieve.
Excess skin can leave you feeling uncomfortable and cause rubbing and chaffing which can cause further skin problems. Along with cosmetic enhancements, body lifts can also leave candidates feeling more positive about their body image.
What is a body lift?
A body lift is a type of plastic surgery procedure that is designed to tone and shape areas of the body that has sagging tissue. Body lifts can focus on both the upper and lower parts of the body. A lower body lift focuses on the buttocks, groin, thighs, tummy, and lower back. An upper body lift involves the abdominal area and breasts. A total body lift will focus on all of the problem areas, removing excess skin, and tightening loose fatty tissue.
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Who would be considered for body lift surgery?
A good candidate for a body lift is an individual who has excess loose tissue, typically due to extreme weight loss. The operation can be undertaken by both men and women who wish to remove the extra skin that hangs from their frame. Individuals should be in good health, following a regular exercise routine, and maintain a balanced diet. The surgery is not recommended for women who are considering pregnancy in the future.
How can scars be minimised?
As with any surgery, there will be some scarring. It’s important to discuss expectations with the surgeon and find out where the incisions will likely be made. Once the incisions have healed, a scar minimising cream can be applied.
What is expected after your body lift surgery?
The operation is performed under general anesthetic and may require a 2-3 night (or more) stay in hospital. After the surgery, there is a specific care routine that must be followed. The incisions and affected area will be wrapped with bandages and dressings, and drainage tubes will be inserted to remove excess fluids and blood.
Patients may find that their muscles and skin may feel quite tight however this gradually passes and within a week or two of surgery, most patients can walk around comfortably.
Patients will be prescribed pain medication to reduce discomfort. A compression garment is fitted a few days after surgery and is worn 4-6 weeks post-operatively. Physical activity needs to be limited during the recovery period after the surgery.
What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
Every surgery comes with risks and the body lift procedure is no exception, particularly as the procedure is performed under general anesthetic. Some of the most common risks include seromas, where a pocket of fluid forms under the skin. It is also possible to lose sensation or experience temporary numbness of the skin. All potential risks should be discussed in detail with the surgeon prior to the operation so that you are completely comfortable with your chosen surgery.
In order to prepare for the surgery, patients may be required to undergo a medical evaluation to ensure that they are in good health. The doctor may also recommend that current medications be stopped or adjusted. It is also important to avoid taking aspirin or blood thinning medications. Smokers are encouraged to quit at least three months prior to surgery.
How much does a body lift cost?
While the cost of body lift surgery varies, it can be anywhere from $20,000-$25,000 depending on the type of lift that you have performed. This cost usually includes surgeon’s fees, assistant surgeon’s fees, anesthetist’s fees, hospital and operating theatre costs, and in some cases, follow up visit costs.
Medicare, and if you’re covered, your private health provider, may provide some refund of the total cost.