Unfortunately, many people who lose massive amounts of weight, whether through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, are left with sagging skin and stubborn deposits of fat on various parts of their bodies, especially around the midsection, So some people consider body lifting procedure.
In this procedure saggy skin and excess fat are tightened and it also works to increase the smoothness and shine of the skin and aims to obtain a fit body.
Who are the best candidates for body lifting?
You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you:
- Suffer from drooping skin, fat, and tissue around your abdomen especially after major weight loss
- Have a stable weight
- Non smoker as smoking may affect the results
- Have good physical health
- Are not planning to become pregnant after surgery
The type of body lift surgery you choose depends on the location of the excess skin on your body, as well as your overall aesthetic goals.
Body lifting procedures may include: breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, and butt lift. In addition, extreme weight loss can affect the elasticity of the facial skin as well so you may get facelift and neck lift.
The procedure of body lift surgery
The procedure depends on your aesthetic goals and the cosmetic surgeon’s preferences but the following procedures are general to let you know how it is performed
- The incisions are made
- Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat and improve the contour at the same time
- Excess skin is removed
- The remaining skin is then pulled to its new position.
- The incisions are closed with sutures
- Drainage tubes will be placed temporarily to drain any fluid or blood that builds up after surgery
Recovery after body lift
- It is extremely important that you follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions
- Recovery time can vary depending on your procedure, May be you will need four to six weeks of recovery time before returning to normal activities
- Within 12 weeks, most of the swelling should have dissipated.
- You should wait six to eight weeks before exercising.
- You will need to monitor your incisions and change dressings regularly.