A Body Lift is also referred to a “belt lipectomy.” It is a surgical cosmetic procedure that tones and shape of the body by eliminating excess skin and the fat underneath the skin. Body Lift surgery would tighten, raise and firm the skin on the thigh, hips, butt, waist, groin, and abdomen.
The ideal candidate to undergo a body lift are those who have excess and sagging skin that have lost their skin’s elasticity due to a significant weight loss from diet, pregnancy and after a bariatric surgery, and those who want to eliminate cellulite.
There are different types of body lift surgeries: buttock lift, tummy tuck, arm lifts, leg lifts, complete lower body lift and the full body lift.
The procedure entails long incisions in the areas where the excess fat and skin is to be removed. However, the surgeon will have to make the incision in the most discreet way possible that cannot be seen, usually in places that can be concealed by clothing. The procedure is similar to that of the tummy tuck, however the incision on the Body Lift surgery needs to extend to the back where the resection of skin on the back will raise the buttock area, this like pulling up one’s pants from the waistline level. So this is basically a combination of tummy tuck and a buttock lift.
Before the procedure, anaesthesia is to be administered before creating an incision. After which, the excess skin is removed and repositioned. The incisions will then be closed using sutures. Bandages or dressings will be applied to the cuts. In order to drain the excess fluid or blood that may be collected, a tiny tube is placed temporarily under the skin.
Risks and Complications:
These are rare and often only temporary, however, they may include:
Death of tissue / fat or skin necrosis
Deep vein thrombosis
Poor wound healing
Continuing edema (swelling) or fluid accumulation
Pulmonary and cardiac complications
Recurrence of skin looseness and sagging
Permanent or temporary loss or change of skin sensation
Unsatisfactory results that entails revision of surgery
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is it safe to get pregnant after Body Lift surgery?
A. It is not advisable to get pregnant after the Body Lift surgery, as it will only compromise the result.
Q. How long is the recovery period?
A. Recovery varies with each individual. It is estimated to be between two to three 3 weeks. One may expect 6 weeks for full recovery, and of course this would vary depending on each person.
Q. Can I sit after having Body Lift surgery?
A. There may be some discomfort during the first weeks, however you may be able to sit. Each case is individual.