All you need to know about body lift surgery
Body lift surgery is typically performed on people with large amounts of loose, hanging skin in considerable areas on the chest and legs. Its objective is to return the body to a more natural appearance after loss of skin elasticity due to severe weight loss or age-related changes.
A standard surgical technique for this procedure is to use incisions like a bikini pattern to tighten areas like the abdomen, waist, groin, thigh, and buttocks. This is done after an individual is prepped and anesthetized. Incisions around the entire body allow the surgeon to remove an “apron” of extra skin and fat. Then the surgeon can reposition and tighten tissues and skin.
What can a body lift surgery not do?
What this surgery can not do is remove substantial fat deposits. A candidate’s weight should be stabilized at or near their ideal weight before having this surgery. However, if they have small local fat deposits but poor skin elasticity, a surgeon may advise a combination of liposuction and body lift surgery.
What other procedures can complement a body lift?
This surgery can be combined with other surgeries to enhance the patient’s results. Typical complementary procedures include:
- Breast lift
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
- Butt lift
- Neck lift
- Brow lift
These added procedures are normally performed three to six months after the surgery.
Who is a good fit?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines characteristics that make patients good candidates for this procedure and explains why some patients are not good candidates.
The best candidates for a body lift are non-smokers who are generally in good health and maintain a stable weight through a dedication to a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is also important for the patient to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcome.
Women considering pregnancy should hold off on having this procedure. This is because ensuing pregnancy may significantly compromise results in the abdominal area.
With the rise of bariatric surgery and extreme weight loss, body lift surgery is becoming more frequent. This surgery addresses loose, hanging skin caused by massive weight loss, pregnancy, age, and sun damage.
If you are considering this procedure, speak to a health advocate for further assistance.