Body lift surgery is a procedure that combines an abdominoplasty, and a buttock lift. It addresses the redundant skin and fat around the lower abdomen and back after a large or massive weight loss. The procedure recontours the abdomen and the buttocks, and correcting the soft tissue ptosis of the lower body. Indications for treatment are frequently due to:
- Redundant abdominal and lower back/buttock tissue
- Lower body contour enhancement
- Rashes or loss of skin integrity due to redundancy
The goal of reshaping any aspect of the body starts with being in good health, and fitness before a surgical procedure. If you plan on losing weight, aim for a weight that you consider ‘ideal’ before considering a body lift. Being in shape before this procedure will ensure an ideal outcome, and quicker recovery. If you have had a lap band, gastric sleeve, or a significant weight loss through any means (more than 5 BMI points), your weight needs to be stable for minimum of 3 months before planning surgery. Surgery can place an enormous demand on the body’s physiology and metabolism, and being in a positive metabolic flux will ensure proper healing and outcome.
This procedure usually takes several hours, and is performed under a general anaesthetic. You will need to stay in hospital after the procedure for a few days to recover, especially if combined with other procedures. You will need to wear a post-operative garment for several weeks to ensure a good outcome. You may have drains that will need to stay in place for several days after the procedure.
The recovery time for a body lift can be variable. Most people will spend a few days in hospital after this procedure to recover. Exercise should be limited in the first several weeks to walking, or inclined walking, and a gradual introduction of lower impact exercise as directed. Walking and movement in the few days after the procedure prevent blood clots, DVTs and lung complications such as pneumonia. You will have garments to wear after your procedure, and should remain in place for at least 6-8 weeks It can take a few months before a final result is seen due to swelling and healing of the area.
As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, bruising, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with liposuction include the following:
- A circumferential scar that can be noticeable
- Fluid accumulation in the areas being treated
- Irregular appearing skin
- Scarring problems that may include a red or raised scar
- Persistent swelling
- Numbness around the areas being treated
- Recurrence of skin and fold redundancy
- The need for a blood transfusion
- Loss of blood supply to some areas of the fat and skin
Not everyone is a good candidate for a Body Lift. Dr Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.