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The body lift requires a circumferential incision, and dissection is carried under the butt to lift it and restore tightness of the thigh and buttock. The patient is then re-positioned on their back and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is performed. These incisions are connected, and hidden in within a bathing suit.
When it comes to long operations like a body lift, it is important to make sure your body is nutritionally optimal. Men and women who develop laxity like this from massive weight loss should have careful examinations from their primary care doctor to make sure their body has the nutritional support it needs to heal from surgery. We generally check serum albumin levels which are a good marker for recent protein intake. Diet modification may also be helpful prior to surgery to increase body protein.
A thigh lift is a surgery that addresses laxity of the upper legs. If legs have too much fat but have good skin elasticity, liposuction works well. However, if the issue is skin laxity, liposuction can actually make the problem worse. Thigh lifts are often performed after weight loss, such as the lap-band or any other bariatric surgery procedure. Thigh lifts come in a few flavors. There is a medial thigh lift that lifts the inner thigh, and a lateral thigh lift that lifts the outer thigh. Incisions can vary from being camouflaged in the creases in the groin or bikini line. However, in severe cases of skin laxity, the incisions need to be extended.
Other than adequate protein intake, one must be sure to be off all nicotine. No smoking, no nicotine gum or patches. Nicotine causes the small vessels in the skin to shrink. This can lead to poor healing. Generally, it takes 4 weeks to clear nicotine from the body. Second hand smoke may also create healing problems. If you are considering a body lift and live with a compulsive smoker, make sure they understand that their smoke, too, can harm your healing process. They should make efforts to smoke outdoors as much as possible.
Staging these procedures is often the rule. Our goal is to keep surgery time under 6 to 8 hours. Combining procedures can reduce overall costs. But it should never be at the expense of safety. We will often involve a second plastic surgeon to help stitch to reduce operating room time.
For out of state patients, long operations must be timed well. To reduce chances of clots forming in the legs, our anesthesiologist will hydrate you well during surgery. One should always have at least one day from arriving via plane to operating room. And big operations mean you may have to stay in town for several days.