There are many benefits to losing weight, whether through diet and exercise or surgery. Patients feel better physically, are less susceptible to illness, and have better self esteem. Still, loss of volume through massive weight loss may result in loose, sagging skin, especially in the areas of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, and upper arms. A body lift can not only remove excess fat and skin but also improve the shape and tone of the surrounding tissues, resulting in a better body contour. Each involved area can be addressed individually or in combination-type surgeries. A body lift is usually done in stages due to the amount of time required to address each area. As always, patient safety is a priority.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. It is not unusual for the patient to spend one night in the hospital when combination procedures are performed. In addition to removing excess skin and fat, liposuction may also be used for better contouring. Drains may be inserted into the operated areas to prevent fluid accumulation. These are usually removed within a few days. Patients may be allowed to engage in light activities when they feel up to it, however, more strenuous activity should be delayed until the patient is cleared by the physician.
Good candidates for body lift surgery:
1. Patients whose weight is stable, that is, they are no longer losing weight.
2. Individuals who do not have a medical condition which may prohibit surgery or post-operative healing.
4. Individuals committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.