Body lift surgery is a popular procedure used to sculpt and improve body contours. Body sculpting is ideal for people with excess skin and fat caused by weight gain and subsequent loss.
This comprehensive plastic surgery treatment can target areas such as the abdomen, thighs, waist, and buttocks.
What Can a Body Lift Do for You?
Remove Excess Skin
Eliminate Fat Deposits
Create Slim Contours
How Is a Body Lift Performed?
All surgical procedures begin with a consultation. This will ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same page when planning a procedure. During this meeting, your surgeon will ask you about your aesthetic goals and your ideal results. He will ensure your desires are realistic and explain what the procedure can do for you.
This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the operation.
Body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
An incision is made along the beltline that may extend around the hips to the lower back, depending on the scope of the procedure.
Through this incision, excess fat can be excised or suctioned out using liposuction. Your surgeon will trim away excess skin and secure the taut skin over your new body contours.
Sutures are used to secure the skin and tissues, allowing the body to maintain the new contours during the recovery process.
A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs, including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips.
Before & After
What Are Your Concerns About Body Lift Surgery?
What Is Recovery After Body Lift Surgery Like?
Patients are usually expected to stay in the hospital for one night after surgery. During the initial recovery period, patients will need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and speed healing.
Drains will be placed to prevent fluid buildup during the recovery process. Patients are encouraged to walk around as soon as they feel up for it but should avoid exercise of any sort for at least two weeks.
Most patients can resume light activities after two weeks and rigorous activities after six weeks.
Will I Have Scarring After My Body Lift?
Your body lift will leave scars around the lower abdomen. These scars are usually concealed by clothing and may be difficult to see even while wearing a bathing suit. All scars will fade over time and may fade faster if given proper care.
How Much Does Body Lift Surgery Cost in Birmingham, AL?
The cost of body lift surgery will vary widely depending on the extent of surgical correction desired, the complexity of the procedure, and the length of time the surgery takes. Other factors that can influence the price of body lift surgery include facility fees, surgical fees, anesthesiologist fees, and the cost of medications and post-surgical supplies.
Your body lift is tailored to your specific needs. Because of this, the only way to get an accurate cost estimate is to schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham.
Is Body Lift Surgery Painful?
The body lift is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patients feel no pain during the operation. After the surgery is complete, patients will experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort, especially during the first few days of recovery. These symptoms are usually managed with prescription medications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a body lift?
Candidates are in good health, have maintained their weight for several months, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results. For ideal results, body lift surgery may need to be combined with other body contouring techniques.
A body lift may benefit you if you have significant excess or hanging skin following pregnancy or weight loss. This technique addresses your midsection’s circumference; however, it can be tailored to your specific needs.
Can a body lift be combined with other body contouring procedures?
Many body lift candidates have loose skin due to massive weight loss. While a body lift transforms the midsection and lower body, it does not address the upper body or excess pockets of remaining fat. Therefore, some patients choose to combine their body lift with other post-bariatric surgeries, such as a breast lift (with or without breast augmentation), arm lift, or liposuction.
How should I prepare for my body lift?
Patients may be asked to obtain a lab test, undergo a medical evaluation, adjust any medications or supplements, and stop tobacco use. Smoking and blood-thinning medication alter your body’s blood flow, which can put you at greater risk during and after your operation.
Body lift surgery is invasive and requires general anesthesia. Therefore, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, stay with you after surgery, and help with all daily obligations. Many patients take one to two weeks off work—be sure to arrange this before your surgery.
What are the risks associated with a body lift?
Body lift surgery is safe when performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, like Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack. Unfortunately, no surgical procedure is without risk.
While rare, possible complications include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Prolonged wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
Is my body lift covered by medical insurance?
Most elective procedures are not covered by medical insurance. However, certain body lift treatments may qualify. Patients undergoing a body lift following significant weight loss may find their insurance contributes if their physician deems it medically necessary.
Discuss these issues with your primary care physician, plastic surgeon, and insurance carrier to see if your insurance plan covers this procedure.
Are my body lift results permanent?
Your results should be long lasting. The excised skin and fat are permanently removed. However, the body will continue to change due to the natural aging process. Maintaining a stable weight with a healthy lifestyle will help prolong your results.