A Few Facts About Body Lifts

2nd May 2022

So what is a Body Lift?

A body lift is a surgical procedure that removes large skin folds and fat from the hips, outer upper thighs, lower abdomen, and upper buttocks. The procedure is a form of body contouring surgery and is designed to improve the lower body’s appearance by modifying its size or shape.

Why a Body Lift?

A body lift removes and tightens excess skin, usually after massive or significant weight loss. It is also used to tighten saggy skin due to childbirth or ageing. Areas of treatment include the hips, outer upper thighs, lower abdomen, and upper buttocks. The lower abdomen is reduced using techniques similar to those of a tummy tuck. The navel is preserved and repositioned, with the excess skin from the lower abdomen removed and the skin from the upper abdomen drawn down to be stitched along the lower fold. Skin and fat can also be removed and tightened around the thighs, hips and buttocks.

The type of body lift surgery that you have and the amount of skin removed will depend on your individual needs. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise and guide you within safe limits.

As well as being uncomfortable and heavy, excess skin can cause:

  • Difficulty in walking and exercising
  • Poor posture
  • Aching of the back and shoulders
  • Chronic rashes and infections in the folds
  • Personal hygiene issues due to the accumulation of sweat and problems
  • Low or poor self-esteem

Is it Right for Me?

Body lift surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Body Lift surgery is not suitable for people who are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Body lift surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • You have significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas
  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You have realistic expectations of what body lift surgery can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

You should be mindful that, even following good healing and good surgical results, visible and prominent scarring can develop. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nonetheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon. Body lift surgery is 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. Talk to your surgeon about your options.

What about Scarring?

A body lift surgery will result in visible scars. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nonetheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.

What to Wear Post Body Lift Surgery?

There are a number of options to help you feel supported if your doctor or surgeon has recommended compression after surgery.

BS03

GR03

BS01

AB04

At Exquisite Bodies we offer a range of high-quality Compression Garments and scar care to aid in your post surgical recovery.

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ref: mayoclinic.org / babycentre.co.uk
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