Body lift surgery is a procedure used to tighten up saggy skin that may be left over after a substantial weight loss. It works to tighten up the tummy, lateral thighs and lift the buttocks, improving your body’s contour.
A detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. During the consultation your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
Should a Circumferential Body Lift be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our newly refurbished operating theatre.
The planning and marking of this operation is done carefully to effectively remove excess tissue from around the body. This is often combined with liposuction and if indicated a little fat may be redistributed into the buttock to give more fullness and a better shape. The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic with all incisions being closed with dissolvable stitches.
The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
Recovery from a body lift procedure is very similar to that of an abdominoplasty. However, as the surgery goes all around the body, it requires careful positioning when resting and sleeping for a couple of weeks.
Showering may recommence the day after surgery, with gentle exercise starting after two weeks.
You will be given post-surgical garments to wear that will help to reduce swelling and aid in a speedy recovery.
Not necessarily. Most people will get a good correction from a standard abdominoplasty. However, if you feel that your buttocks have drooped and you have a lot of loose skin over your hips and flanks, then a full body lift can be considered.
Certainly this is possible but it is important to realise what will and what wont be treated if you decide on this option. At your consultation this will be explained and the effects of the various options discussed.
The scar is carefully placed to be as “within your underwear line” as possible. You must appreciate that the design of underwear varies considerably and your should therefore accept that the scar may be visible.
It is certainly possible to combine a body lift with other procedures to help consolidate downtime and recovery. The number of additional procedures is dependent on what needs to be done and your general health.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic to ensure the patient's total comfort for the duration of the procedure
Excess tissue from around the body is carefully removed, often in combination with liposuction
Following surgery, patients should expect a tighter tummy and lateral thighs as well as lifted buttocks and an improved overall contour
Patients should expect to take time off work to recover from surgery, as directed by the consultant plastic surgeon during consultation. Showering may commence the day after surgery.
Excess skin and fatty tissue is permanently removed