Body lift Basics
A body lift is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve skin tone, by removing excess skin along with the underlying fat. The procedure is recommended for people that have undergone excessive weight loss, and have excess skin that prevents them from showing off their new figure.
A body lift can get rid of loose folds of skin and fatty tissue that is often found in places such as the abdomen, thighs, waist, hips, and buttocks. These often occurs after significant weight loss.
Candidates for the procedure should be healthy, and have maintained a stable weight for at least 12 months. Patients should also be committed to maintain a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise; otherwise the results of the body lift will be quickly lost after surgery. A body lift is not recommended for women who are contemplating pregnancy in the future.
What results can you expect?
After a body lift, your skin will be much tighter than before. The multipurpose approach of a body lift impacts several parts of the body at the same time, particularly the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. The abdomen will appear a lot flatter, and the skin taut. The lax skin around the hips and thighs will be removed, and the buttocks will also be lifted.
Because of the various parts of the body that are connected to a body lift, it is often a very long procedure. Depending on the extent of the work to be performed, surgery can take as long as 6 hours. As a result, significant recovery time is needed, and this generally lasts for about 4 to 6 weeks.
A body lift is usually performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. The length of the incisions made during surgery will depend on the amount of fat that needs to be extracted. After the incisions are made, the plastic surgeon will remove the requisite portions of fat from specific parts of the body, and then lift the skin. The incisions are then sutured; gauze applied, and if necessary drains may be inserted to help remove the excess fluid from the surgery.