What is Body Lift Surgery?
Body Lifts are plastic surgery procedures performed to shape and tone parts of your body that have sagged as a result of loss of skin elasticity, which in turn happens naturally as you age, or because of several other factors – like pregnancy or weight loss. Both men and women who have sustained massive weight loss after bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or Lap Band, can also benefit from Body Lift procedures.
Aside from improved appearance and enhanced skin elasticity, Body Lifts can also boost your self esteem, lift the physical limitations caused by droopiness in your physique and make you feel more confident to try back on the bikinis, tank tops and other clothes that have migrated to the back of your closet.
What is body lift surgery?
Body lift is a set of procedures that is aimed to shape and tone different parts of the body that have become loose due to loss of skin elasticity and sometimes in combination with great weight loss. This could also come from just ageing. Men and women who have had bariatric surgery, like gastric bypass or Lap Band, will usually have great weight loss and can have great benefit to this surgery if they get loose skin.
Apart from the improvements in body shape and look, people often get better self esteem and make people more able to be more active. They can start wearing the bikinis and tanks tops that have been sitting in the back of your wardrobe.
Types of Body Lifts
Under the name of body lift there are a few procedures that you can get. A bodylift procedure will tone and create a sleeker body with different techniques and ways. Some of the most used ones are:
Upper Arm Lift
Brachioplasty is the clinical name for Upper Arm Lift. An upper arm lift will create a more firm an sleeker look to your arms. This is a very popular procedure today. It gives people who have lost a lot of weight or have from age got loose skin on their upper arms an option. The lift will make a well-defined and toned upper arm by removing excess skin and fat. The incisions are usually made underneath the arm and are therefore more hidden.
Thigh Lift is also called Thighplasty. A Thigh lift is made to tighten excess sagging an loose skin at you upper part of your leg. The incision is made in between the groin and thigh area. The surgeon will excess skin and fat before the skin is tightened and put back. This will give give your thighs a firmer, sleeker altogether more youthful look.
A butt lift is when you butt is starting to sag and hang. Then you can have a buttlift that will remove excess skin and fat that causes your butt to sag. The surgeon will make an incision along the lower back of your waist from hip to hip. He or she will then pull the excess skin under the incision to tighten the buttocks and outer thighs. The excess skin will then be removed and sutured together.
If you for example have excess skin on multiple parts of your body it might be an alternative for a full body lift. This is a complex process that need to take in account many parts of the body where fat usually accumulates.
This can be very intensive and require a longer recovery period but if you are a good candidate then a body lift can be the procedure that will be perfect for you.
How do I prepare for my body lift surgery?
There are case-specific steps you should take in preparation for certain types of surgeries. We, your surgeon and the hospital staff will discuss them with you in detail during the process of working together and undergoing both your at-home consultation and your final surgical consultation.
Surgery is always a serious matter and it comes with real risks and real responsibilities – we never try to downplay this and, in fact, want to make sure that you understand as much as possible about your procedure and your responsibilities before you commit to having it done. Accordingly, there are a few things you’ll be asked to do in order to make sure your body is in the best possible shape for the surgery and recovery and to lessen the risk of complications during and after your surgery.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet in the weeks leading to your surgery to help strengthen your immune system and help you recover faster.
- If possible, keep your body in shape through regular exercise to increase your metabolic rate and build muscle mass. This will help in preventing too much weight gain during your recovery period downtime.
- Stay away from tobacco and alcohol products at least two weeks before and after your operation as they can interfere with blood flow and the healing process.
- Tell your surgeon if you are taking medications, vitamins and herbal supplements as some of the substances found in these items may hinder proper recovery.
Preparing for body lift surgery
You will get case-specific and general advice for your preparation for your surgery. Both we and the surgeon will give you guidelines both before and at the hospital during the consultation and post-op check-up so follow them carefully and be alert.
Having a plastic surgery is always a serious matter and just like any surgery it comes with some risks even if they a much smaller than a emergency surgery.
- Eat a good and balanced diet in the upcoming weeks to make sure your body and immune system is strong and you can handle the surgery better.
- If you can, do regular exercise to keep fit and be in good condition and metabolic rate at a good level. This will help you during the recovery period.
- At least two weeks before and after the surgery you should avoid tobacco and alcohol to make sure to have the best recovery you can.
- If you are using any medication, please let the surgeon know in the evaluation form so he or she can advice you what to do.
What are the risks of having a body lift surgery?
Plastic surgery is considered to be quite safe but every surgery have some risks. To minimize risks and maximize successful outcome it is important both for you to follow the guidelines given by us and the surgeon prior and after the surgery. Complications that can occur from a plastic surgery can be:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia. This is VERY rare but if you have had anyone in your family that have had problem with being under anesthesia let the surgeon know.
- Bleeding problems during surgery. Problems with bleeding can be due to medication or supplements taken so it is very important for the surgeon to know all your medical and medicine history that might affect the surgery.
- Deep vein thrombosis or blood clots. This is very rare but can be reduces by not lying still the day after the surgery but to move about to the extent that you can to minimize this risk.
- Delayed healing. If your current health is good that will help you recover and heal better.
- Breathing difficulty after surgery. To avoid shallow breathing is important to keep the lungs healthy and not have problems.
- Infections. To get a infection is a problem that that we minimize by giving you antibiotics before and after the surgery to help your body avoid infections.
Even if complications with body lifts is rare they can be even lower if you follow the pre and post op guidelines give to you by us and the surgeon. It is important that you can take a informed decision about this and what is best for you.
Like any plastic surgery you will experience bruising and swelling after the surgery but this will go down over time. To manage this you will be prescribed medication from the surgeon.
Scarring after body lift
Scars from plastic surgery are made to be flat, light and will fade over time. Your plastic surgeon will make every effort to make scars that will be as small and invisible as possible. Todays technique in suturing will create very good scars and the development in the industry is constantly moving forward and our surgeons follow along.
What happens after a body lifting surgery?
If you can get up the day after surgery it is good if you can move about a little. This will help your recovery and healing.
For the next 3-4 weeks you should keep away from strenuous activities and heavy lifting.
Depending on the surgeries you should stay in Thailand for 2 to 4 weeks. This is based on how the surgeon want to plan surgeries and the start of recovery for you and your safety.
Direct flights from Australia to Bangkok approx AUD 1100 with Thai Airways.