Many men and women struggle to achieve the body they desire, even following weight loss or bariatric surgery. Even though you may have shed unwanted pounds, excess fat and skin often remain. It is easy to become dissatisfied with your weight-loss results when they haven’t yielded leaner, fitter contours due to excess skin. Pregnancy and natural ageing processes also make it difficult to gain a firmer, toned appearance. A "body lift" with liposuction body contouring is designed to remove excess tissue and restore attractive, slimmer body contours.
Who Can Benefit?
Excess Skin From Weight Loss
Men and women with excess folds of skin and fat following their weight loss
These individuals often cannot correct their skin and fat accumulations through diet and exercise. They have maintained their goal weight for at least six months and have seen little to no improvement in the quality of their skin. They may suffer from painful skin irritation due to chafing caused by their folds of skin. They typically have developed their muscle tone through exercise and require a body lift with liposuction and skin fold reduction to reveal their new appearance.
Skin Laxity Post-Pregnancy
Women with skin laxity and loose abdominal muscles after pregnancy
Many women have difficulty attaining firmer body contours after pregnancy, even though they have adopted a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and good nutrition. In many cases, this is because abdominal muscles after pregnancy remain stretched, causing a stomach pooch. Fat also accumulates around the abdomen, hips and thighs during pregnancy, which may leave women with unwanted excess skin and fatty deposits or 'belly bulges.' These women may seek surgery to achieve body contours that are firmer, smoother and flatter, and aim to regain a physique that is more similar in appearance to their pre-pregnancy body. Note that bodies DO change signficantly after pregnancy, and while surgery can help with contours and skin reduction, be sure you have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve.
Men and women with redundant skin accumulation that is the result of natural ageing
Ageing can cause the collagen in our tissues to become weak, which impacts the elasticity of the skin. Over time, a healthy diet and exercise regimen does little to prevent the natural sagging that may occur around the abdomen, hips, breasts and thighs. You may feel this excess tissue is ageing your appearance or preventing you from wearing the clothing styles you like and engaging in activities you enjoy.
What Do You Desire?
A Flatter Abdomen
The main component of a body lift is the tummy tuck, which addresses issues with your abdomen. This may be an good solution for healthy patients with redundant skin, especially post-bariatric surgery patients and women post-pregnancy. Not only is excess abdominal tissue surgically reduced, but damaged abdominal muscles can be repaired and tightened. These techniques may help you achieve a flatter, more toned midsection.
A Slimmer Waistline
Skin and fat accumulations along the hips can be adding extra inches to your waistline. For men, this makes them appear wider than they are, and it prevents women from achieving the attractive curves they desire. By eliminating skin and fat from the hips, you are able to achieve custom definition and enhance the natural curvature of your body.
Skin accumulation along the thighs can give you the appearance of unsightly “saddlebags.” Trimming away or reducing excess skin and draping the remaining skin can highlight the contour of the thighs for a thinner appearance. Many patients also benefit from thigh skin reduction that helps reduce uncomfortable inner thigh skin chafing due to sagging skin folds around their inner thigh(s).
The body lift procedure can address buttocks that may have begun to sag due to weight fluctuations or ageing. By extending the lower abdominal incision around to the back, excess skin can be reduced and the remaining tissue(s) can be lifted and secured into a more asethetically appealling contour. Achieving firmer buttocks not only improves the aesthetic appearance of your backside, it enhances your body’s natural curvature as well.
Addressing Your Concerns
You will experience some bruising and swelling following your procedure. Drains may be placed, and you will wear a compression garment to minimize any excess swelling. You may be required to stay in the hospital for two to three days following your surgery so your recovery can be monitored.
The full length of your recovery will depend on the extent of correction undergone to achieve your goals. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their procedure. You will need to limit your strenuous physical activities for three to six weeks following your procedure. You can resume regular exercise with your surgeon’s approval. Most major swelling should subside within six weeks, at which time your results will become apparent.
Fine incisions are placed in locations that may be more easily concealed to prevent very visible scarring. However, due to the extensive nature of the body lift procedure and your natural healing process, you will have scars, and these can vary from patient to patient. Most scars fade over time but you will have scars after surgery and there are some excellent scar management protocols we can suggest.
The cost of your body lift, skin reduction and body contouring liposuction will depend on the extent of surgical correction required to help you achieve your desired results. Surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees all factor into the cost of your body lift procedure. Dr McManamny will provide you with detailed pricing following your consultation.
A body lift is performed with the patient under general anesthesia for a more conformtable procedure. While patients will likely experience some discomfort during their recovery, this can usually be controlled using oral pain medication.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Body Lift Surgery
What if I have excess skin on more than just my lower body?
Excess skin accumulations on all areas of the body are very common following massive weight loss. These patients usually combine other contouring procedures with their body lift, such as an arm lift, neck lift, or breast lift.
Why do I have to maintain my weight for at least six months before undergoing my body lift?
Weight gain or loss following your body lift will negatively affect your results. It is suggested that patients only undergo a body lift once they have reached their goal weight and have maintained their results. It is also advised that patients only choose to undergo a body lift once they are finished having children because a subsequent pregnancy will negatively affect the results as well.
Can a body lift improve the appearance of a poorly positioned navel?
After pregnancy or massive weight loss, many patients have a navel that has moved downward. During the tummy tuck portion of your surgery, the navel can be repositioned to a more natural location on the abdomen.
How long will my results last?
Patients who maintain their weight often have results that last many years. With proper diet and exercise, body lift surgical procedures aim to provide you with long-lasting results that may help you to feel more comfortable or confident with your body and reduce skin chafing and other problems caused by redundant skin folds and saggy skin .
Are there any RISKS to having surgery?
Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient.