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BODY LIFT

1WHAT IS BODY LIFT?
The body lift is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the hips, abdomen, thighs and buttocks in order to improve the lower body’s appearance by adjusting the shape or size. The procedure is a form of body contouring surgery that can restore a narrow waist, smooth stomach and a well-balanced contour.
2WHAT ARE THE REASONS BEHIND UNDERGOING A BODY LIFT?
Despite a healthy lifestyle, endless diets and workouts, some individuals remain unsatisfied with the appearance of their body The individuals who is undergoing an body lift procedure usually fit at least one the following categories:

loose skin

disproportionate body

facing difficulty for the clothing to fit

workouts not helping the sagging skin

sagging and loose skin arising form weight loss

losing self-esteem

 
3WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BODY LIFT ?
Since body lift is a complex procedure, it is very important for the patient to meet the certain eligibility criteria to be able to undergo with the surgery. You may be considered as a good candidate if you:

have lost 30-45% of your peak body weight

stabilized your weight minimum six months before the surgery

suffer from sagging skin, unwanted fat and tissue in one or multiple body areas

are in good health generally and not have medical conditions that increase risk of surgery

are in psychologically healthy

are not planning to become pregnant after the surgery

can commit to keep up a healthy diet and exercise after the procedure

are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking recently

not drink alcohol to excess

have positive outlook and realistic expectations about the procedure

fully understand and accept the risks associated with the procedure

4WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE THE SURGERY?
Following preparations need to be made prior to the surgery in order to ensure that the patient is healthy enough for the procedure:

stay away from smoking and alcohol for a few weeks

undertake extensive medical tests

adopt to a healthy diet

exercise regularly

maintain a stable weight

avoid all sorts of blood thinners

any other medications will also be checked thoroughly as they might lead to complications

avoid becoming sick

drink plenty of water

clean your skin thoroughly

do not eat or drink minimum 12 hours prior to the procedure

sleep properly

5WHAT TYPES OF BODY LIFT PROCEDURES ARE AVAILABLE?
MediExpert uses four different types of body lift procedures. These are categorized by the body parts addressed for the removal of fat, excess skin and tissue which the type of procedure customized to patient’s needs and targets to be achieved.

Upper Body Lift

An upper body lift is almost include the changes in the most of top half of the body. It can address breasts, upper arms and back removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. It is ideal for the patients who are suffering from drooping breasts, loose skin under the upper arms and fat rolls along the back. Women patient can also get a benefit of enhancing their droopy breasts. Some of the reasons undergoing an upper body lift procedure are as follows:

Excess skin after the pregnancy

Having back rolls

Excess skin in the upper body due to a weight loss

Losing self-esteem about the appearance of the upper body

Mid-Body Lift

Mid-body lift is also known as torsoplasty which is a surgical procedure targeting the hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, pubic areas and lower back, and includes a circumferential incision on the entire torso. Many individuals prefer this type of body lift over a lower body lift as it is resulting in smooth contours in the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Lower Body Lift

Lower body lift is also known as ‘circumferential lift’ or ‘belt lipectomy’ which is a surgical procedure targeting the entire lower body including hips, abdomen, thigs and includes performing a tummy tuck, buttock lift and thigh lift. The procedure shapes the lower body entirely by elevating the groin area, narrowing the waistline, clearing away the excess skin on the thighs and lifting the buttocks. Although it is the most costly procedure of all types, it is also the most popular type of body lift among the patients.

Total Body Lift

  Total body is also known as ‘full body lift’ which is a combination of a lower and upper body lift in order to achieve a total body rejuvenation. Total body lift procedure is beneficial for individuals who are severing from skin elasticity and excess skin and fat over their entire body.
6WHAT ARE THE STEPS TAKEN IN A BODY LIFT PROCEDURE?
The following steps are taken in a common procedure. MediExpert’s surgeon will clearly discuss the details of the steps to be taken during the consultation prior to the surgery.

ADMINISTRATION OF ANESTHESIA

A typical body lift is performed under full general anesthesia.

OPENING INCISIONS

Incision length and patterns are vary significantly based on the following:

location of excess skin to be removed

type of body lift to be performed

degree of correction

amount of excess skin to be removed

surgical judgement

patient’s personal needs and preference

A typical complete lower body lift addresses the waist, buttocks, tummy, hips and thighs under one procedure. A circumferential incision is made around the body in order to remove an excess skin and fat and tighten the tissue accordingly. The scar on the front of abdomen is similar to a tummy tuck scar which is located just above the pubic hair. The priority will always be to locate the incisions strategically so that they are covered by the underwear line. The incision will continue onto the buttocks and the incision can either rest on the buttocks or remain higher towards to the back depending on the extra fat and skin are located. MediExpert surgeon may sometimes recommend a liposuction combined with the body lift in order to achieve an improved overall contour.

CLOSING THE INCISIONS

Incisions then closed with deep sutures, adhesives and skin clips in order to close the skin incisions. Temporary drain tubes are may be placed under the skin to for excess fluid and blood.
7WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF UNDERGOING ARM LIFT PROCEDURE?

excess skin reduced followed by a weight loss

To be able to complete multiple cosmetic procedures at once

Customized surgery to meet the specific needs of the patients

more improved and youthful appearance will be gained

enhanced overall appearance may have a positive psychological impact

improvement in the ability to exercise and daily activities.

wider range of choice for clothing

ease of cleaning for the body to improve hygiene

loose skin will be tightened

confidence and self-assurance about the body is restored

8HOW LONG IS THE BODY LIFT PROCEDURE?
Body lift procedure can take between 5-10 hours, varying on the extent of the surgery.
9IS THIS PROCEDURE ONLY FOR WOMEN?
While more than 90% of the patients are women, this procedure is performed on men as well.
10IS THE BODY LIFT PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Individuals will not feel any sort of pain during the procedure, since the procedure is performed under anesthesia. However, most of the patients find the postoperative pain quite painful particularly in the first 2-3 days after the surgery which is eased by pain medication and gradually reducing afterwards especially by the end of first week.
11WILL THERE BE ANY SCARS AFTER BODY LIFT?
Incisions for body lifting procedure are commonly extensive and usually result in with some visible scarring. Scarring will typically vary depending on the amount of tissue removed as well as the body size and shape. However, MediExpert surgeon’s will do their utmost to limit scar length and minimize the appearance of scars by making the incisions in discreet locations as possible so that scars can be hidden by most of underwear and some clothing. Scars will be highly visible especially within first couple of weeks after the procedure. Color of the scars will fade after some months and will become less and less noticeable over the years. Incision locations and the possible appearance of the scars will be discussed in detail prior to the surgery. Regardless of the healing period of scarring, most patients often feel that the aesthetic results of the surgery by far outweigh the scars left behind by the procedure.
12HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
Body lift is considered as major surgical procedure and requires significant recovery period. Straight after the surgery, dressings will be applied to the incisions and a thin tube may be placed under the skin on a temporary basis in order to drain any possible excess blood and fluid. Swelling and bruising are very common after the surgery which can be minimized with pain medication initially intravenous and oral pain medication afterwards. Most of swelling is commonly resolve after two weeks, whereas minor swelling remain for another few more weeks. On the other hand, bruising is typically very active within the first couple of weeks and usually expected to fade over a month period followed by another few more weeks for the minor residual swelling to gone afterwards. A compression garment will be placed to reduce any possible discomfort. Light walking will be encouraged in order to minimize the potential for blood clots. Some activities such as exercise, lifting more than 2kgs, bending and straining are strictly restricted until sufficient healing is taken place after the procedure. Although the recovery time may vary from patient to patient based on their unique situation and also depending how extensive the procedure is, most people resume to daily activities within 2 weeks after the surgery.
13SHOULD I NEED TO STAY AT THE HOSPITAL AFTER BODY LIFT?
Most patients remain in the hospital between 24-48 hours after the procedure. Afterwards, we will either make sure that someone is picking you up or will send you home or to your hotel with the driver. It would be helpful to have someone staying with you especially during the first week after the surgery in order to ease your recovery.
14WHEN CAN I GO TO WORK?
Most of the patients are able to return back to non-strenuous work within 2-3 weeks after the surgery.
15WHEN CAN I START EXERCISING?
It is usually recommended to resume strenuous physical activities only 6-8 weeks after the procedure.
16CAN I DRIVE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Driving should be avoided around 10-14 days following the surgery.
17CAN LIPOSUCTION BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO BODY LIFT?
Liposuction can not solely replace the benefits of a body lift as liposuction is an appropriate procedure for the removal of fat deposits and does not address the loose and excess skin, whereas body lift procedure can target loose and excess skin as well as the fat cells.
18WHEN WILL THE STITCHES REMOVED?
Most of the sutures that are placed under the skin are generally dissolvable. If there are persistent sutures, they will be removed within 1-2 weeks. Drain tubes are usually removed within few days after the surgery.
19WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS?
All the surgical procedures carry risks in to a some extent. As for body lift, there are more risks associated than a standard cosmetic surgery.

Possible Risks include:

Bleeding

Infection

Separation of incision

Skin looseness

Skin necrosis

Asymmetry

Abnormal scar formation

Fluid accumulation

Possible rare risks include:

Deep vein thrombosis

Anesthesia risks

Pulmonary embolism

Pneumonia

Deep vein thrombosis

Myocardial infarction

Possible Side effects include:

Swelling

Bruising

Pain

Unfavorable Scarring

Numbness

Depression.

20WHAT RESULTS SHALL I EXPECT? WILL THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
Although each patient’s body shape and results might vary based on a number of different factors such as genetics, exercise routine, diet, condition of the body before the surgery as well as the post-operative care performance, body lift usually provide amazing results especially for the patients who are slightly overweight or mildly obese. The procedure can be customized to meet patient’s specific needs and results in the body can be immediately noticed after the surgery. After a few months recovery period, patients can enjoy a massive improvement in the ability to exercise. The results can remain until the rest of your life as long as committing a healthy life style and maintaining a stable weight. Nevertheless, as body ages, it is natural for the skin to lose some its elasticity and firmness, but most of the improvement should almost be permanent.
21WHEN CAN I SEE THE FINAL RESULTS?
Body lift results are instant and almost visible immediately. However, it may  it may take several months to fully appreciate your final results after the swelling resolves. It may take six months to one year for the final results to become obvious.
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