A total body lift (otherwise known as a lipectomy or circumferential body lift) is a blanket term for a combination of surgical procedures to reduce excess skin and contour areas of the body in order to gain a slimmer silhouette. Total body lifts are a very effective procedure for patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight and are left with droopy skin and stubborn fat deposits.
Body lift surgery is broken down into three parts depending on the areas that you would like to target.
An upper body lift usually includes procedures such as an arm lift/reduction and skin reduction to the back. A breast reduction, breast uplift and/or breast augmentation may also be needed to fully optimise the cosmetic outcome.
A lower body lift, or belt lipectomy includes procedures to the belly, thighs or buttocks. In this case, it’s common for the whole abdominal skin to be repositioned and the stomach muscles to be tightened leaving a circumferential scar.
Often volume in the buttock area has largely disappeared, however it can be restored by lipofilling or fat transfer from other parts of the body.
A total body lift will combine an optimal amount of procedures completely customised to ensure the best outcome for you. A total body lift will be a combination of the procedures mentioned above.
Body lift surgery has the brilliant benefits of eliminating painful chafing and wearing clothes in your actual size that you’ve worked hard to achieve. The presence of excess skin can often mean that you are wearing clothes that are not true to your real body size.
As with all surgical procedures there is an element of risk that you should be aware of. The extent of the risks will depend on the procedures undertaken, however general risks include haemotoma and/or seroma (a collection of either blood or fluid), which is easily manageable. Your surgeon will be able to wash out the affected area(s). You will experience scarring, the appearance of which can be minimised by sticking to a regular massaging routine. You could also be at risk of infection but keeping your wound sites clean greatly reduces this.
Upper, lower or total body lift is a major surgery that will be carried out under general anaesthetic. A recovery time of approximately 8 weeks is needed and any strenuous activity is strongly advised against. The exact length of the actual procedure and hospital stay will be fully discussed during the consultative period.
When it's time for you to leave hospital, you will be invited for a follow up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed.
A fixed price will be made available to you once you have had a consultation with your surgeon. It is only after your appointment that you will have a clear idea of price because of the broad scope of such a procedure.
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