Body lift surgery is used to improve a patient’s appearance after significant weight loss due to bariatric surgery or diet and exercise. When patients lose around 40 kilos or more, they are often left with fat pockets and loose, hanging skin.
A body lift can improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue in the abdominal region, hip area, buttocks and thighs. The surgery removes excess fat and skin 360 degrees around the body with a circumferential incision.
Depending on the location of the excess skin, a patient may choose to undergo either a lower, mid or upper body lift. Each of them can provide patients with tighter skin and a smoother, more contoured appearance.
Who is it for?
Patients living with excess, hanging skin and fat after they’ve lost a lot of weight may be ideal candidates for this surgery. The surgery is for individuals who have achieved their ideal weight but have been unable to get rid of their excess skin through fitness and nutrition modification alone. Because it is a major surgery, patients should be in good health. They should also have realistic expectation. Skin removal can significantly improve a patient’s appearance, but it will not give them a “perfect” body.
How is it done?
During surgery, Dr Beldholm will make an incision around the patient’s waist, across their lower abdomen, and around the back. The exact patterns of the incisions will ultimately depend on their specific needs. While the procedure will result in visible scarring, Dr B will carefully place each scar in the least conspicuous position possible.
What are the benefits?
While every patient is different, possible benefits may include:
- Tighter, smoother skin at the treatment site
- Easier mobility due to decreased chafing and discomfort
- A reduction in rashes since skin no longer rubs together
- A more contoured appearance
What is the recovery?
Following surgery, patients will remain in the hospital for several days for observation. It is normal for patients to experience pain, bruising, swelling and numbness around the operated region. To cope with the pain, Dr Beldholm may prescribe pain medication as needed. He will periodically check on his patients and determine when the patient is finally discharged from the hospital. During the recovery process, avoid lifting heavy objects for several weeks. Patients can usually return to their normal, daily lives within 4 to 6 weeks, although downtime can vary based on individual differences in healing.
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Disclaimer: Individual results vary. All surgery carries risks & you should seek a second opinion before proceeding. See full Disclaimer