A body lift is an ideal cosmetic procedure for individuals who want to remove excess skin and fat and improve their body’s overall shape and silhouette. Patients can undergo a body lift to target a specific area of the body, or to target a combination of different areas, such as the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. A body lift can be highly effective at correcting skin that has lost elasticity as a result of being pregnant or experiencing major weight loss.
What happens during a body lift?
During body lift surgery, your cosmetic surgeon may reduce excess fat, tighten and reshape your skin, and smooth out the underlying skin to produce a smooth, seamless, and youthful look. The procedure can help reduce or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
You may be required to undergo multiple body lift procedures depending on the areas of your body you want treated through surgery. Your body’s new shape will be visible immediately following surgery, and your results will improve over time throughout the healing process as skin tone evens out and scars fade away. In most cases, your cosmetic surgeon will require you to stay in the hospital for one to two days, or longer if you had a lower body lift. Immediately following surgery, your surgeon may request that you wear a tight compression garment to help accelerate your skin’s recovery process and reduce swelling.
What to expect after body lift surgery
Before you leave the hospital or clinic, your surgeon may place thin, flexible tubes into your incisions to ensure they drain any excess fluid following surgery. The hospital staff may help you get out of bed to walk around as soon as possible after surgery to help promote healthy circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots. If you’ve had a lower body lift, your surgeon may even provide you with crutches or a similar assistive device to prevent you from putting excess pressure and weight on your lower body.
Before you leave the hospital, your surgeon will provide you with a full list of post-op instructions that will help you get through recovery from body lift surgery in a safe and healthy manner. You will be expected not to smoke, as well as learn how to properly care for your incisions. Your surgeon will also have an in-depth conversation with you regarding the importance of nutrition and exercise following body lift surgery. Maintaining a stable weight in the years following your procedure will help minimize your risk for developing cellulite and gaining excess weight, both of which could negate the effects of surgery.
When you come home from body lift surgery, you’ll be expected to relax for a few days to allow your body to recover as best as possible. You may be asked to refrain from showering for the first few days so your compression garment can be more effective at speeding up the healing process. If some cases, your surgeon will inform you not to remove your compression garment for more than 10 minutes at a time, since removing your compression garment could result in severe swelling within a short period of time.
Are you interested in improving the appearance of your silhouette through body lift surgery? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.