Body lift in London
Loose and redundant skin in the abdomen, flanks and back is increasingly common, especially in those patients who have undergone significant weight either through diet and exercise or weight loss surgery. In addition with the aging process, the skin gradually loses its elasticity and natural firmess, causing skin laxity.
In slimmer individuals, the excess and baggy skin will not allow clothing to fit well which can result in psychological upset and loss of body confidence. The excess skin is not only of aesthetic concern but can also be a source of significant functional impairment. Examples include friction pain from rubbing against adjacent thighs, fungal infection occurring beneath skin folds and a reduction in mobility.
Centre for Surgery are experts in body lift surgery. A Body lift is designed to achieve dramatic changes to address the major contour abnormalities induced by weight loss. Body lift can address both the lower body and the upper body. A lower body lift will lift and contour the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. This is also referred to as a belt lipectomy. For many individuals, particularly those who have suffered from weight issues for much of their life, a body lift may result in changes which they may never have experienced before. The results can be truly life changing with an immeasurable impact on self-confidence and happiness.
Expected results from a Body lift
- Removal of loose skin around the abdomen, hips, back and buttocks
- Creation of a more contoured and trimmer physique
- Increase in skin tightness and smoothness
Body lifts help to contour the body after you have had a massive weight loss. Body lifts are often a combination of numerous procedures which work to remove excess skin and give new definition to the body. This will leave you with tighter, more youthful looking skin and an increase to your self-esteem and confidence.
There are three different types of body lifts which you may choose to undertake. These are:
Ideal candidate for Body Lift
A body lift is a suitable procedure for those who have undergone massive weight loss and as a result, have excess skin in numerous places of the body.
This procedure is not suitable for those who have excess fat. If you have good skin elasticity and are wishing to remove excess fat, you may be interested in liposuction.
Centre for Surgery only offers procedures to those who are 18 years or older.
If you are interested in a body lift, you may wish to explore our finance options.
Surgical techniques in Body Lift Surgery
Prior to having any procedure, you will need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess your body and determine whether you should have an upper or lower body lift or a thigh lift.
No matter what procedure you undertake, it will be performed under TIVA anaesthesia. You will be asleep for the entire duration of the procedure, however, unlike other general anaesthetics, TIVA also allows you to wake up faster once the procedure is complete, and you will have a better sense of wellness, meaning you can return home quickly.
So what do the body lift procedures involve?
Lower body lift
Abdominoplasty: an abdominoplasty is otherwise known as a tummy tuck. This allows the surgeon to remove excess skin from the abdominal area, giving you a flatter, more contoured tummy. The abdominoplasty will involve an incision on the abdomen, which usually takes place below the bikini line. The incision will run horizontally from hip to hip. Surgeons will then be able to cut off any excess skin. If you have chosen to have it, liposuction will also be performed to remove any excess fat. The abdominal muscles and skin are then tightened, and the belly button is moved position. The remaining abdomen skin is then pulled down over the incision, which is then closed.
Buttock lift: a buttock lift allows you to remove the excess skin in the buttocks area. Incisions will be made above the buttocks area – this will vary depending on the amount of skin to be removed. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is pulled up and closed, leaving you with a tighter buttock.
Thigh lift: a thigh lift is ideal for those who have large thighs with an excess amount of skin. A thigh lift will remove the excess skin and contour the thighs to make them appear more shapely. The exact method used will vary depending on where your excess skin is located and your ideal outcome for the procedure.
Inner thigh lift: as guessed by the name, an inner thigh lift is a procedure which targets the excess fat in the inner thighs. The incision for this procedure will be made where the thigh meets the pubic area. This allows for the resulting scar to easily be hidden. The excess skin in the inner thigh will be removed and the remaining skin will be contoured.
Upper body lift
Breast reshaping: a breast lift helps to breasts to avoid appearing hollow and saggy. This is often appropriate for those who have been pregnant, have had massive weight loss, or have simply aged.
Arm lift: an arm lift removes the loose and saggy skin from the underside of the arm. An arm lift involves the surgeon making an incision in the arm, running down the underside of the arm. The excess skin will then be removed, and if elected to do so, liposuction will take place to remove any excess fat.
Bra line back lift: this removes the excess fat from the back, particularly around the bra line area. An incision will be made across the back to remove the excess skin, and if needed liposuction will take place to remove any excess fat. Skin will then be pulled across the incision and tightened before being closed.
A lower body lift is most commonly performed in two stages. This allows surgeons to remove as much skin as possible. If all procedures are done in one go, less skin is removed, less tightening is undertaken, and you do not get the satisfactory results you want. The two-stage approach also has benefits for the patient. Following a tummy tuck, you will have to bend or hunch while you are walking, as the skin removed from the abdomen prevents you from standing upright for at least one week. In contrast, after a buttock or thigh lift, you will be straight and upright most of the time, as it will be uncomfortable to sit down. Having the procedures done in two stages allows for the best results and the most comfortable recovery.
Centre for Surgery’s three-step process
Centre for Surgery also offers a body lift in a unique three-step process.
As with all of our procedures, the three-step body lift is offered as a day case, so you will not have to stay overnight in a hospital. However, we can arrange for you to stay in nearby hotels with nursing supervision if necessary.
Our three-step body lift includes:
Stage 1 – extended abdominoplasty and breast lift
Stage 3 – Inner thigh lift
Each stage is completed with two surgeons who work simultaneously. This not only increases the speed of the procedure but also increases safety.
Recovery after Body Lift Surgery
Following a body lift, you will be able to return home the same day, once the effects of the ClearSleep™ have gone.
After the body lift procedure, you may have dressings applied to the incisions. You may also have tubes temporarily placed under the skin in order to drain any blood.
It is normal to experience a moderate level of pain and discomfort for the first three to five days following the procedure. You will also experience swelling for four to six weeks, however, it may take up to three months to completely subside.
You will need to wear a compression garment on all areas which were operated. The compression garments will need to be worn at all times for the first six weeks and then worn during the day for a further six weeks.
You will have to ensure to get lots of rest and make sure to avoid all exercise for two weeks. You will be able to return to your normal physical activities after a total of six weeks.
Risks and potential complications after Body Lift Surgery
Our surgeons have extensive experience in performing body lift surgery of all types. Centre for Surgery utilise very strict clinical protocols which have made the body lift procedure even safer. As with any surgical procedure, body lift surgery has a number of well recognised potential risks which our surgeons take special precautions to reduce their risk of occurring as much as possible.
Body lift potential complications
- Anaesthetic risks
- Surgical site infection
- Delayed wound healing
- Skin hyperpigmentation
- Seroma or haematoma
- Temporary or permanent numbness
- Fat necrosis
- Recurrent skin laxity in those who regain weight
- Asymmetry in the surgical correction
- Hypertrophic or keloid scars
- Possible requirement for an adjustment procedure