A body lift is a combination of tummy tuck, liposuction, inner thigh, and buttock lifts.
A tummy tuck can address excess abdominal tissue, liposuction can improve the contour of targeted areas if there is excess fatty tissue and the skin is tight.
At Australia Plastic Surgery, we utilise a combination of procedures to improve the patient’s form; each is tailored to meet the individual’s need.
The aim of the procedure is to create a firmer, more youthful look.
Weight Loss and Plastic Surgery
Many people who are overweight, genetically, habitually or after pregnancy, will try anything to lose weight and get back into shape. A small percentage of them can accomplish their goals through diet and exercise. The majority, however, find that their weight interferes with exercise and confounds the problem. They find themselves in a catch 22: they can’t exercise because of their weight and they can’t lose weight because they can’t exercise. One popular solution for people caught in this situation is to have bariatric surgery. This surgery modifies the stomach and intestines so that weight loss is feasible. Bariatric surgery has been very effective in producing significant weight loss for many people who feel they have no other option.
Planning Your Surgery
Each patent must undergo a full medical and clinical exam to ensure that their weight has stabilized before proceeding with any plastic surgery procedure.
The patient’s wishes and expectations will be discussed and a comprehensive regime will be implemented to address all body areas requiring improvements. The patient will decide which area to address first guided by professional opinion.
Plastic Surgery procedures following massive weight loss are usually extremely gratifying for both the patient and surgeon. The results are usually dramatic and provide a significant functional and aesthetic benefit to the patient
Whether a person loses weight through diet and exercise or through bariatric surgery, there are a few obstacles that arise because of the weight loss. One of the most noticeable is the skin that remains after the weight is gone. When someone is overweight, the skin stretches to accommodate the increased volume of weight. After weight loss, the skin often fails to tighten and so it sags. In many cases, it hangs. It acts as a constant reminder of the weight you once were. Further diet and exercise will NOT tighten skin (exercise never tightens skin only muscles). The only way to tighten loose skin is through surgery.
You will have simple dressing covering the wound site.
A special garment may be required.
Your hospital stay will be between 1 and 4 nights.
Your discomfort will be moderate. Patients can anticipate 5-10 days of prescription pain medication.
Swelling is inevitable but improves over 2-6 weeks.
An appointment will be arranged for follow up in 7-10 days for removal of bandages and wound review. Stitches are resorbable and do not need to be removed.
Getting you back to work and normal activities
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, generally you will be able to go back to normal duties within 2-4 weeks.
Exercise may be resumed in 4-6 weeks.
The final result will be seen after the scars have matured. This occurs after approximately six months.