If a flat abdomen, tight buttock, perky breasts, and/or smooth thighs are what you want to achieve, then you should consider a body lift procedure. There are two types of body lift treatments; upper & lower. An upper body lift focuses on the breasts, chest & middle of the back. The lower body lift, otherwise know as a belt lipectomy, focuses on the stomach, thighs, buttock and back. When the upper and lower lifts are combined into one treatment it is known as a total body lift.
The purpose of a body lift plastic surgery is to eliminate excess, sagging skin, erase cellulite and remove fatty tissue leaving patients with a tighter, more polished look. People who have lost a large amount of weight, surgically or otherwise, as well as mothers who want their pre-baby bodies back with benefit greatly from any, if not all of these procedures.
Is a Body Lift Right for you?
Body lift procedures are ideal for the healthy patient. Participating in fitness programs, consuming a well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy, stable weight for at least 6 months before surgery makes a person an optimal candidate. Anyone who has recently undergone weight loss surgery is encouraged to wait at least a year before any cosmetic procedures. This is to ensure exceptional health and lower the risk of any post-operative complications.
Women who plan to have children are not advised to undergo any body lift procedures. However, we encourage all mothers who are finished having children to consider our body lift treatments. We believe that all mothers should look as radiant on the outside, as they feel on the inside.
Procedures of a Body Lift
Total body lift plastic surgery can be performed in a hospital or any accredited outpatient surgical center. The procedure takes four to eight hours and is executed under general anesthesia.
A complete lower body lift includes the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, as well as hips. To start this procedure the doctors make an incision around the entire circumference of the lower body. Usually this incision matches up perfectly with the elastic band on underwear or bikini bottoms. After the incision is made the surgeons will pull, tighten and remove all excess skin and fatty tissue. While operating, Dr.s Hall & Wrye are continuously and cautiously assessing the body, making sure their patients achieve a sleek and symmetrical appearance. After the desired look is attained, the doctors will use two layers of dissolvable sutures to close all incisions. This ensures complete closure and minimal scarring.
Using the same belt like incision from the lower body lift, Dr.s Hall & Wrye will start the abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. The doctors will separate the abdominal tissue from the body and start removing all of the excess skin and fatty tissue. They will then tighten the abdominal muscles and remove any additional fat, by excision or liposuction. Once the desired look is achieved Dr.s Hall & Wrye will insert drains that will remain in for 2-6 weeks and suture the incisions closed.
Total Body Lift and Follow-up Procedures
Combining both the upper and lower body lift procedures is called a “total body lift.” Patients can opt for just one surgery at a time or both at once. To reduce postoperative risks and complications the surgeons suggest having one procedure done at a time.
After Body Lift Surgery
A body lift is considered a major surgical procedure; therefore a patient needs a considerable enough time to recover. In fact, after surgery, most patients stay at the hospital for up to three days.
Once the body lifts procedure is done, intravenous pain medications are injected to help ease discomfort. Once the patient is released from the hospital, their surgeon will prescribe them with oral pain relievers.
To help lessen the swelling and to remove extra blood and other fluids in the body, drainage tubes are inserted. This entails the patient to have a companion to help care for them for two weeks. Two days after the surgery is performed, surgical dressings are removed and patients can be allowed to take a shower. A medical compression garment is required by the surgeon for the patient to wear all the time except when bathing. Make sure that the instructions given by your surgeon regarding the compression garment must be followed.
All activities are prohibited until you have fully recovered. Strenuous activities or exercises are not allowed. Walking, however, is encouraged as it can help reduce the risk of blood clots formation in your legs. Normal recovery time takes four to six weeks before you can start your daily activities and six to eight weeks before you can start exercising.
To reduce risks and complications after the surgery, your doctor will provide you a complete list of instructions on what you should and should not do.
After the swelling has subsided, results will be more noticeable. At the end of six weeks, at least 75% of the swelling has already dissolved and by three months, 90% of the swelling should disappear.
Complications and Risks of Body Lifts
The possibility of complication is there, just like any other medical procedure. Seromas or fluid growth beneath the skin and small skin separations are the common complications for body lift surgeries. Other complications are as follows: reduced sensation on the area, infection, bleeding, and blood clots. During the first few weeks or months after the surgery, some patients will experience worsened abdominal scars and will take 18 months before they start to flatten and lighten. As a result, the scars won’t disappear and you will be hiding it forever. Before you start with the procedure, make sure that you ask your surgeon what are the risks for body lifts and what are the treatments used to treat complications. Dr. Hall and Dr. Wrye are experts in body lift surgery located in Reno, Nevada, call us now for consultation 775-284-8296..