The body lift requires a circumferential incision, and dissection is carried under the butt to lift it and restore tightness to the thighs and buttocks. The patient is then re-positioned on the back and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is performed. These incisions are meticulously connected and strategically hidden within a bathing suit.
Body Lift Candidates
When it comes to long operations like a body lift, it is important to make sure your body has achieved an optimal state of nutritional health. Men and women who develop laxity from massive weight loss should be thoroughly examined by their primary care doctor to make sure their body has the nutritional support it needs to heal from lift 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.
Body Lift Surgery Details
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. Different techniques in thigh lifts allow Dr. Neavin to tailor your procedure to your precise needs and desired outcome. Techniques include 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 may need to be extended.
Other than adequate protein intake, you must be sure to be off all nicotine before your surgery, including smoking, nicotine gum and patches. Nicotine causes the small vessels in the skin to shrink, which can lead to poor healing. Generally, it takes four weeks to clear nicotine from the body. Secondhand 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 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 eight 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 up incisions 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 between arriving via plane to the operating room. Big operations may require you to stay in town for several days to ensure your safety during the early recovery process.
Schedule Your Body Lift Consultation with Dr. Neavin
A body lift is often the most effective way for massive weight loss patients to achieve the full results of their weight loss goals. Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Neavin at his Los Angeles location. Call 310‑858‑8811 or text 323‑975‑1287. If you have any more questions, please visit the FAQ page.