The Ultimate Step by Step Body Lift Guide

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A body lift is a cosmetic procedure that is typically done after an excess amount of weight has been lost. When there is sagging, loose skin over much of the body. A body lift can help tone and tighten the skin back to where it was. By removing the excess fat from your body you can have a more uniform body look and better self-confidence.

The Body Lift Procedure

  • Firstly, the doctor will administer anesthesia so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You can have IV sedation or general anesthesia, you and your doctor will make this choice for you.
  • After you are under sedation, the doctor will begin the incisions needed to remove the skin from the body. The amount of incisions needed will depend on what is done. Most body lifts do the buttocks, stomach area, hips, thighs, and waist. There will be support sutures done to help contour the new shape.
  • Lastly, after all the excess skin is removed and the incisions are complete, your doctor will start to tape or suture your incisions shut. You will have bandages to help keep these sutures clean and free of debris.

You will notice a visible change even if there is minor swelling from the procedure. It is a long healing process, with the peak change of the surgery happening around one or two years afterwards for the final development of results.

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Possible Problems with Body Lifts

There can be pain and bruising with body lifts. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. Your doctor can assess this possibility with you as you discuss the procedure. There may be serious complications that can include chest pain, unusual heart beats, and shortness of breath. You may need hospitalization if these occur. Tell your doctor about any side effect you may be feeling and adhere to your recovery plan to the letter.

Body Lift Recovery

Recovering from a body lift will take time. You may have drainage tubes to take care of and there will be many bandages to change. You should take all your medications and clean your wounds thoroughly to prevent infection and aid in healing time. You will also be given a thorough list of things to know about your recovery and you’ll be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to check your progress.