Body Lift

Procedure: A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity.
Length: 4-8 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia in an operating room
In/Outpatient: Inpatient for 3-5 days
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of overlying skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Unfavorable scarring, Bleeding (hematoma), Infection, Fluid accumulation, Anesthesia risks, Poor wound healing, Skin loss, Blood clots, Numbness or other changes in skin sensation, Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, Asymmetry, Major wound separation, Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), Major wound separation, Asymmetry, Recurrent looseness of the skin, Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, Pain, which may persist, Persistent swelling in the legs, Possibility of revision surgery, Sutures that may spontaneously surface through the skin, and become visible or produce irritation that require removal, Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and possible pulmonary complications.
Recovery: 4-6 weeks depending on your recovery and if other procedures are performed along with the body lift. Usually drains are left in place for 1-2 weeks and you have to wear a post operative garment to help with the healing.
Duration of Results: Back to work: 2-4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 8 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.

Is a Body Lift right for me?

A well-toned body with smooth contours often is a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise. But exercise cannot always achieve desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and upper arms. Often patients who have had a gastric bypass surgery, and has successfully lost a considerable amount of weight often seek body lifts to improve the appearance of the sagging skin.

If you desire a firmer, more youthful-looking body contour, then a surgical body lift may help achieve your goals. It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.

Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite. A body lift may include these areas:

– Abdominal area, locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area
– Buttocks, that may be low, flat or shaped unevenly
– Groin that may sag into the inner thigh
– Thigh, including the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or circumferentially

What it won’t do:

Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.

Before Surgery

The success and safety of your body lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

– Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
– The options available in body lift surgery
– Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
– Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
– Previous surgeries

Your surgeon may also:

– Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
– Examine and measure your body, including detailed measurements
– Take photographs for your medical record
– Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
– Discuss likely outcomes of body lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

– Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
– Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Special instructions you receive will cover:

– What to do on the day of surgery
– The use of anesthesia during your body contouring surgery
– Post-operative care and follow-up

Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Body lift surgery  should be performed in a  hospital.

The Body Lift surgery

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and surgical judgment.

A complete lower body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure. A circumferential incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and re positions and tightens tissues.

You will have multiple drains for at least a few weeks to help with the healing process. 

Please contact us if you would like to know more about the total body lift.