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A body lift is a plastic surgery that aims to remove excess, sagging skin that exists as a result of significant weight loss, pregnancy, or age and sun damage. This procedure is done to raise, firm, and tighten the skin of the buttocks, thighs, hips (flanks), abdomen, waist, and groin. Any excess skin from those areas is removed and the surrounding tissue is repositioned to create a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing body contour. Since a body lift cannot remove significant fat deposits, your weight should be stabilized at or near your ideal weight prior to the procedure. Body lifts can be combined with liposuction to achieve an improved overall contour.
Before the procedure, you may struggle with exercise and enjoying the activities you like as excess skin can limit your mobility. In some cases, excess skin can also lead to rashes and other sores that may result in infection. After a body lifts, all of those problems will be addressed, allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest.
A body lift is performed under general anesthesia and in some cases; it may also be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Your surgeon starts the surgery by making an incision around the treated areas, usually encircling your body much like a belt. Then, the excess skin is removed and repositioned, and the remaining skin is pulled into its new position. Finally, the incisions are closed with stitches.
Although body lifts may be done on an outpatient basis, many people need to stay in the hospital overnight. Once you are discharged from the hospital, you should not leave Munich right away. Allow for at least 7 to 14 days to stay in the local area. Your surgeon may schedule a follow-up appointment to remove your stitches and monitor your healing. In addition, you need to allow your body to heal before you can travel.
The recovery period after a body lift can be different from one person to another. Since it is a major surgical procedure, you will generally need four to six weeks of recovery period before you can return to work and your normal activities. You should also wait at least six to eight weeks before exercising and doing any strenuous activities.
You will be given detailed aftercare instruction, which may include caring for your surgical site, a light exercise plan, and a diet plan to follow. The results of a body lift are long-lasting, but you need to maintain a stable weight and general fitness by following a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Thanks to the advancement of medical technology, body lifts are safer than ever. The success rate of body lifts is generally high, with most patients who had it claimed to be satisfied. However, all procedure carries some risk, and body lifts are no exception. The possible risks and side effects of body lifts include bleeding, infection, skin laxity, separation of incision, skin necrosis, the formation of a seroma, abnormal scar formation, asymmetry, swelling, bruising, numbness, and unsatisfactory results.
Since body lift is one of the most invasive cosmetic procedures that require several weeks of recovery, many people choose to have less-invasive alternatives, including radiofrequency and infrared treatments, laser treatments, endermologie, as well as diet, exercise, and body lift creams. Unfortunately, if you need to remove large amounts of excess skin that exist in different areas of your body, a body lift may be the only feasible option.
Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 28/11/2020.