Losing a significant amount of weight can be an amazing achievement, but often the results of all that hard work can be hidden under unsightly folds of sagging skin that has lost its elasticity. A body lift can help restore smoother, more natural body contours and also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The term body lift is a general term used to describe a variety of surgical procedures which remove unwanted skin and soft tissue from many parts of the body. Common body lift procedures include a complete lower body lift, full or mini tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty), apronectomy, arm lift, breast lift, and mummy makeover.
Dr Avery has more than a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing many types of body lifts in Newcastle since 2013.
Body lift surgery is not intended as a weight loss procedure and is generally not recommended for people who are obese. It is intended for relatively healthy individuals who have loose excess skin and soft tissue due to previous weight loss, ageing, sun damage or pregnancy.
If you are considering a body lift, book a consultation with Dr Avery and together you can discuss the different options available, developing a personalised treatment plan.
There are several different techniques and incision patterns used in body lift surgery, which depend on the area of the body being operated on and the amount of excess skin and fat being removed.
Large incisions for a lower body lift, abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck are generally made just above the pubic area and potentially around the upper thighs, where scars can be hidden below the bikini line. A small second incision will also be made surrounding the navel in order to move its position once the skin is tightened.
The length of the surgery will depend on the amount of tissue removed and whether or not additional procedures such as liposuction or abdominoplasty are being performed. All of our body lift procedures take place in an accredited hospital, with appropriately trained staff support staff and anaesthetist.
Drainage tubes are often inserted below the main incision to allow the release of fluid. These tubes, and any residual stitches will usually be removed prior to discharge from hospital
There will be some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides about 2 weeks after the operation. Patients recovering from a body lift will be required to wear a compression garment or bandages for 6 weeks to provide support and reduce post-operative pain or swelling.
A customised pain relief program will be created for each patient and issued before leaving the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.
Scars from a body lift surgery can vary depending on the area being operated on and how well your skin copes with scarring. Most scars from lower body lift procedures and tummy tucks will be hidden when wearing underwear or a swimsuit.