WHAT IS A BODY LIFT?
Body lift, involves the removal of loose and hanging skin from around the entirety of the trunk. It is a combination of a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift all in one. It is the most powerful of all body contouring procedures and results in a dramatic improvement in appearance. Buttock augmentation can be performed at the same time. This is usually the best surgery for patients after bariatric surgery or massive weight loss.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BODY LIFT?
The best candidates for body lifts are those who have undergone massive weight loss. These patients typically present with extra skin that extends in a “spare tire” pattern from the abdomen all the way around to the back. They usually have some extra skin of the buttock and thighs as well. It is impossible to address all of these deformities without excising the tissue from all the way around the body.
WHAT ADVANTAGES ARE THERE TO HAVING PLASTIC SURGERY AFTER WEIGHT LOSS?
Patients who have fully recovered from gastric bypass surgery or who have reached their optimum weight-loss goal can experience numerous benefits by undergoing body sculpting procedures such as body lift, abdominoplasty, thigh lift, or arm lift. Body sculpting surgery can provide the following benefits for qualified candidates:
Maintenance of Body Weight with less regaining of weight
Targeted body contouring
Removal of hanging, loose skin
Elimination of stubborn fat deposits
Enhanced body shape and a smoother silhouette
Freedom from physical reminders of the previous burden of weight
A more natural shape and appearance
Improved self-confidence and body image
WHAT DOES BODY LIFT SURGERY INVOLVE?
Body lift requires an incision on the lower abdomen that extends all the way around to the back. The loose skin is then cut away and the remaining skin tightened. This results in a lifting of the buttock skin and thigh skin, as well as tightening of the abdominal skin.
WILL I HAVE SCARRING FROM MY BODY LIFT?
The amount of scarring you can expect after body sculpting will vary depending on the procedures you undergo. Some procedures will leave small, inconspicuous scars while others will leave larger, more noticeable scars. Patients who undergo body sculpting procedures usually feel that the benefits of skin and fat removal outweigh the downsides of noticeable scarring. Nonetheless, Dr. Graham takes care to make any scarring as minimal and inconspicuous as possible. Even with those procedures that require lengthy incisions, the scars will be inconspicuously placed and can be hidden with most clothing and underwear.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RISKS OF BODY LIFT?
Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
WILL I NEED TO BE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR BODY LIFT?
Body lift patients can go home with a responsible adult. Although, sometimes they are kept overnight in the hospital for observation.
WHAT IS THE BODY LIFT SURGERY RECOVERY?
This is dependant on the type of work you perform. Many patients with office jobs only require a week or two. However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 4-6 weeks to recover. You will not be able to lift anything greater than 10 lbs for 8 weeks. You will not be able to run or jog for 4 weeks.
HOW LONG WILL MY BODY LIFT RESULTS LAST?
The results of body sculpting after gastric bypass surgery can be long lasting. Patients who remain committed to a healthy lifestyle and who avoid future weight fluctuations will experience the best long-term results.