A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed and the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface. A body lift may include the abdominal area - locally or extending around the sides and into the lower back area, buttocks, thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh, or the thigh's circumference. Patients with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas, healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery, individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish, nonsmokers, and individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness are candidates for this procedure. It is recommended that all bariatric patients have ongoing psychological support throughout the process of losing weight up to and including through and after the surgery postoperatively and beyond.
Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, bariatric therapy, and genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases, however; where skin elasticity is poor, body lift techniques along with liposuction may be recommended.
During your upper and lower body lift consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your aesthetic goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous treatments
Your surgeon will also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors:
- Discuss your options
- Examine your body mass index, present weight, and present status of your bariatric therapy
- Take photographs
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of a breast lift treatment, and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the type of anesthesia, if any, that will be used.