Weight loss either through a traditional diet and exercise or through a weight loss surgery procedure can be considered as a huge achievement. However, there are negative aspects of a massive weight loss including loose, lax skin and poor body contour.
This excess, undesired tissue consequently sag around the waist, abdomen, buttocks and lower back. To make it worse, saggy skin can be easily noticed from even the thinnest of bodies, effecting clothing fit unsatisfactorily and making the body sloppy.
Unfortunately, neither diet nor exercise can likely be a solution once the skin has extended which makes it almost impossible to regain its original shape particularly following a significant weight loss.
Fortunately, MediExpert can help you overcome these problems by a body lift procedure that is customized to each individual’s specific needs in order to improve body contour and assist on restoring the confidence once again.
WHAT 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.
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
WHO 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.
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
TYPES OF BODY LIFT PROCEDURES
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 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.
MEDIEXPERT BODY LIFT PROCEDURE STEP BY STEP
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.
1. ADMINISTRATION OF ANESTHESIA
A typical body lift is performed under full general anesthesia.
2. 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.
3. 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.
BENEFITS OF UNDERGOING BODY 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
HOW LONG IS THE BODY LIFT PROCEDURE?
Body lift procedure can take between 5-10 hours, varying on the extent of the surgery.
IS THIS PROCEDURE ONLY FOR WOMEN?
While more than 90% of the patients are women, this procedure is performed on men as well.
IS 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.
WILL 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.
HOW 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.
SHOULD 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.
WHEN 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.
WHEN CAN I START EXERCISING?
It is usually recommended to resume strenuous physical activities only 6-8 weeks after the procedure.
CAN I DRIVE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Driving should be avoided around 10-14 days following the surgery.
CAN 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.
WHEN WILL THE STITCHES BE 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.
WHAT 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:
- Separation of incision
- Skin looseness
- Skin necrosis
- Abnormal scar formation
- Fluid accumulation
Possible rare risks include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Anesthesia risks
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Myocardial infarction
Possible Side effects include:
- Unfavorable Scarring
WHAT RESULTS SHALL I EXPECT? WILL THE RESULTS BE 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.
WHEN 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.