How is a Body Lift Performed?
Body lift surgery is often performed after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and is left with an excess of lax, sagging skin that can cause a number of problems. The body lift surgery eliminates excess skin from several areas of the body during a single procedure. The area is most commonly addressed with this surgery are the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks; however, often times the breasts and arms are also lifted.
Body lift cosmetic surgery is done in three stages. In the first two phases of the surgery, the patient is lying on their side. Incisions are made and excess fatty tissue and skin are removed from the hips, lower back and the thighs. The skin is removed using precision incisions that are easily hidden underneath bathing suits and lingerie. The removal of sagging skin in these areas results in a more youthful, firm and attractive appearance.
In the third stage of the surgery a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is done. This surgery involves an incision across the abdomen. It is usually made from hip to hip and done so that it is somewhat concealed in the body’s natural crease and can be covered with clothing. An incision is also made around the navel, so that the belly button can be repositioned once excess skin is removed. During the tummy tuck, the surgeon removes fatty tissue from the abdominal area. The rectus muscles, which run vertically through the abdomen, as well as supporting tissues and structures, are tightened. The surgeon will pull together the muscles that have been stretched or become lax and tighten them with sutures. Excess skin is carefully trimmed away. The skin is then draped back over the abdomen, and the belly button is repositioned through an incision and sutured closed.
Body lifts often include breast lifts and arm lifts to remove excess, sagging skin that can result after significant weight loss. The arm lift is done to minimize the sagging skin hanging from the bottom or back of the arm, which is often referred to as bat wings. Breast lifts, or breast uplift surgeries, are done to restore a fuller, firmer appearance to the bust line.
A body lift is an extensive procedure that is done under general anaesthesia and requires an average of two to four days of hospitalisation, and up to six weeks to fully recover.
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