Body Lift

Body Lift

What does the term body lift mean?

Body lift refers to surgical procedures that are performed to improve the overall tone and shape of the body which may have lost proportion and uniformity due to excess fatty tissues and skin.BodyContouring

Once an individual has reached a particular age, the skin loses its tautness and elasticity, thus resulting in sagging. Age is not the only precursor to this change; other factors such as weight fluctuations can also contribute to loss of skin elasticity. With the help of body lift procedures, the surgeon can successfully remove all extra fat and skin from the body, thus restoring natural contour and tone. The procedure has also been remarkably successful in treating other conditions, most prominent of which is cellulitis which is a common cause of skin irregularities and dimpling.

The conventional body lift surgeries involve multiple regions of the lower body to achieve the desired effect. The procedure is aimed at eliminating excess adipose and skin from areas such as the inner and outer portions of the thighs, lower back, abdomen, groin and buttocks. These regions are generally most prone to skin sagging and fat accumulations by age and weight changes.

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What are the different risks and complications related to body lift procedures?

Just about all surgeries in the world pose certain risks and potential complications which may occur before, during or after the completion of the procedure. Because Body Lift Surgeries are considerably invasive in nature, there are certain risks associated with these procedures that all patients must be aware of beforehand. Leading plastic surgeons and physicians educate their patients about the list of complications that can develop, or the potential risks of the procedure and acquire complete consent of their patients prior to surgery.
It is therefore important to have a consultation session with your surgeon to discuss all risks and complications that are associated with body lift procedure and whether you are medically fit to undergo the procedure.

Some of the common risks and complications which may arise before, during or after Body Lift Surgeries include:

–          Scarring

–          Abnormal bleeding, or formation of hematoma

–          Accumulation of fluid within the tissues, a condition known as seroma

–          Infection at the site of incisions

–          Delayed healing of the wounds

–          Formation of blood clots

–          Deep venous thrombosis

–          Altered sensation in the region

–          Swelling at the surgical site

–          Necrosis of fatty tissues in the region of the surgery

–          Pain during and after surgery

–          Dehiscence, or separation of the wounds

–          Loss of symmetry and proportion

–          Complications relation to the cardiac and pulmonary systems

–          Irritation at the site of sutures

–          Chances of re-surgery due to unsatisfactory results

–          Loss of normal color or elasticity of the skin

–          Damage to nerves and vessels such as arteries, veins and capillaries

–          Damage to internal organs in the region of the surgery as a result of accidents or improper surgical handling and techniques.


What are the different steps of Body Lift Surgeries?

  1. Administration of Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administrated before starting the procedure in order to ensure a painless experience for the patient. Body Lift Surgeries are performed on general anesthesia or complete sedation because they involve multiple regions of the body and the elimination of pain and discomfort is absolutely essential. Based on your medical history, your surgeon will recommend the most suitable drugs and mode of administration for anesthesia.
  2. Making the Incisions: Based on the locations and amount of extra, saggy skin or adipose that requires removal, the surgeon carefully places the incisions on the body. The aim is to tone and shape the entire lower body, primarily the buttock, thigh and abdominal regions and eliminate all excess adipose and skin. Ideally, leading surgeons opt for circumferential incisions to remove the extra skin from the body.
    Body Lift Surgeries are generally accompanied with liposuction as well in case of excessive fat in the lower body region. This combination is used for effectively creating an even contour of the body and achieving efficient adipose removal.
  3. Closing Incisions: Once the unwanted and extra skin and fat have been removed, the skin is repositioned and the incisions are closed with the help of suitable sutures, skin tapes or adhesives.


Body Lift NursesRecovering from Body lift Surgery procedures:

The results of the surgery become immediately evident once the procedure has been completed and the patient has regained consciousness. The surgeon may place bandages on the surgical site which may take about a week before they are removed. Light exercise is always recommended for the patients in order to promote better blood flow and thus, rapid healing.
The surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics and analgesics to prevent chances of infection and post surgical pain respectively. It is important to follow all guidelines given by the surgeon, and to immediately return to the medical centre in case of any complications.

Results of the Body lift Surgery (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

The surgery has helped countless feel more attractive and confident about their appearance. The removal of unwanted fat and excess, sagging skin from the body restores a perfect contour and shape that can be appreciated by everyone.
Though the results of this surgery are long lasting, they cannot be deemed permanent because they can be altered by further changes in age and weight, along with certain other factors. Revisional surgeries are possible if the patient is not satisfied with the results.