There is a rising demand for body lifts, a new cosmetic surgery procedure that is almost a necessity after massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery.
The procedure is already one of the fastest growing areas of plastic surgery as more people opt for the gastric bypass operation. Also known as stomach banding and stomach stapling, gastric bypass creates a small-sized pouch in the stomach so a person eats less, causing the stubborn pounds to come off.
However, in most cases, the skin has been so stretched; no amount of exercise can ever again reduce it back to a normal size. The gastric bypass patient is usually left with lots of stretched/extra skin.
Why Body Lift Surgery?
It is used frequently after a massive loss of body weight either from diet or as a result from gastric band surgery. While some areas are affected more than others, skin wrinkling and loss of tone occur throughout the body. To achieve a balanced and pleasing aesthetic result, many patients seeking a tummy tuck may also need both a thigh and buttock lift. Body Lift means cosmetic surgery for more than one areas of the body. Those areas may include the stomach, breast, arms, back, and thighs.
How is it done?
Body lift surgery is ideal for those who have lost large amounts of weight and are left with saggy, excessive, and unsightly skin. A body lift is for someone who has problems with excess or sagging skin and fat tissue around the thighs, abdomen, buttock, and hip area.
What can I expect from a Body Lift ?
The result is a tightening of the tissues of the lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdomen all achieved in one procedure.
The Body Lift Procedure
What will happen in the surgery?
The surgery is usually carried out in three stages. In the first two stages the patient is lying on their side. During these stages, skin and fat from the buttocks, hips, back, and thighs are removed from each side. During the last stage, a tummy tuck is performed. By removing all the sagging skin you give a more youthful and smoother appearance. The excess skin is removed using incisions carefully placed so they are hidden under swimwear/underwear. The operation can take from 3-7 hours, and is done using a general anaesthetic. All stitches are dissolvable and under the skin, so no suture removal is needed.
A two-to-four day hospital stay is required, with patients resuming normal activities in four-to-six weeks. The incision is a thong bikini line incision around the entire body, producing a scar hidden by most bikini outlines. The scar usually fades substantially over 6-12 months