In patients with massive weight loss, especially after bariatric surgery, the resultant skin excess can extend circumferentially around the trunk area. In this situation, a body lift will address the extra skin of the abdomen, flanks, hips, and buttock areas.
When loose, sagging skin involves not only the abdominal wall, but extends around the waist to include the thighs, hips, flanks, and buttocks, a more extensive lift called a body lift may be necessary. These are done after massive weight loss either due to bariatric surgery or dieting and exercise. Some liposuction is commonly done at the same time.
Removal of excess skin circumferentially around the waist. Lifting of the side of the legs and buttocks. Removal of excess fat from the abdominal wall, waist, flanks, buttocks, and side of the thighs. A smooth contour of the abdomen, legs, buttocks, and hips.
- Youthful Contour: a body lift gives you a more youthful appearance by getting rid of extra skin folds that you may have, introducing a more smooth and tight contour
- Reduced Skin Inflammation: with a smoother appearance, your fluid circulation throughout your body is drastically improved. This can help prevent underlying conditions and reduce friction
- Easier Exercise: with a body lift, exercise can be made a lot easier without all of that excess skin hanging around. Oftentimes this proves to be a big motivator in people wanting to aim to lose more weight and make an even bigger change
- Enhanced Self-Confidence: this is probably the most important reason to consider getting a body lift. When you look good, you feel good, and a body lift can make sure that you are feeling your best when you step out of your front door. Everybody deserves to present to the world the best version of themselves, and this procedure makes that possible
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Like tummy tucks, these procedures are done in an outpatient setting under a general anesthetic in our own on-site, AAAASF-Certified surgery center. In this procedure, three different positions are required to remove the extra skin circumferentially around the waist. We first position the patient on one side to lift the buttock, side of the leg, and flank. We then repeat this on the other side. The final step is to position the patient on their back and perform an extended abdominoplasty.
RECUPERATION AND HEALING
The recovery for a total body lift is slightly longer than for an abdominoplasty. Patients can return to a desk job in 2-3 weeks and resume strenuous physical activity at around 6 weeks after surgery. The scar, which extends around the waist, will continue to improve for up to one year.
Because this tends to be a rather lengthy procedure, other surgeries are not often combined with a body lift. In the patient who needs lifting of other areas after massive weight loss, we will often combine several of these in one operation and space them out several months after the body lift.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.