Body lift, also known as belt lipectomy is a procedure that serves to remove excess skin and fat from the torso. It is ideally suited for individuals who have loose, sagging skin around the abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips and thighs.
1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home after a few days. You should be able to return to your normal activities after two to three weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after two to three weeks. The majority of swelling will resolve in four to six weeks but it may take up to three months to return to normal.
2. I’m worried about pain.
There is a moderate degree of pain and discomfort following a body lift. You will be advised on all aspects of pain relief and aftercare.
3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.
4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is performed under general anasthetic.
5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email email@example.com if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.
Patients who have experienced significant weight loss, are often left with large folds of sagging, inelastic skin. Despite exercising and skin care, the skin fails to tighten and remains saggy. Body contouring surgery is the only option with proven results for such cases.
Am I A Good Candidate For A Bodylift?
The best candidates for a bodylift are those;
- Who are healthy but have loose, sagging skin around their torso
- Whose weight not not changed significantly during the last 6 months
- Who do not have a medical condition that could impede healing
- Who are willing the accept the scarring
- Who do not smoke
- Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions
What Will A Bodylift Not Do?
Although the results of a bodylift are immediately visible, the surgery cannot stop further changes to the torso as a result of ageing and changes in weight. It is important to understand that the final appearance of the abdomen is also dependent on abdominal muscle tone and degree of intra-abdominal fat.
A body lift is an extensive procedure which involves a combination of a tummy tuck, liposuction, thigh lift and buttock lift. For some patients, splitting the surgery into two parts may be recommended. The first surgery addresses the sagging abdominal and thigh skin, and the second surgery involves the buttock lift. An interval of three to four months is usually required between the two surgeries to ensure healing is complete after the first.
Body lift is performed under general anaesthetic and may take several hours. A hospital stay of a few days after the procedure will be required. To minimise swelling and support the new body contour, compression garments will be required to be worn continuously for several weeks.
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As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo a body lift should not be made hastily. Risks include;
Scar / poor-scarring – a body lift scar runs circumferentially around the lower abdomen and lower back. In all patients the scar is initially red and raised but settles over several weeks. In some patients it can take a number of months for the scar to settle,
Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry,
Bruising and swelling – It will be necessary to wear a support garment for the first 6 weeks, continuously. The majority of swelling will resolve in 4 – 6 weeks but it will take up to 3 months to return to normal,
Numbness – numbness over lower abdomen is expected and will gradually return over a number of weeks,
Bleeding and haematoma formation – excessive bleeding after surgery can occur (known as a haematoma) and may require drainage. It is important that you do not take any products containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, blood thinners or vitamin E for 14 days prior to your operation as these medications can greatly increase the risk of bleeding,
Seroma – tissue fluid can accumulate under the skin and usually resolves over a few weeks,
Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare,
Skin necrosis / delayed wound healing,
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) will be given for 7 days after surgery to minimise the risk of DVT,
Skin relaxation – after a number of months a bulge or small roll may appear just above the scar. This represents skin relaxation and the roll can be removed with additional surgery at a lower cost.
General anaesthesia risks, such as feeling sick and vomiting, deep vein thrombosis, shivering and sore throat.
Pricing & Finance
When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.