Body Lift Surgery
Quite a few parts of the body start to lose elasticity over time. Lift surgery works to tighten skin on the outside of the thighs, buttocks and hips, improving the firmness of both the skin and underlying tissue. This type of surgery involves large excisional surgery to remove excess skin. Either way, the result is a tauter, tighter body.Body, arm and thigh lifts have regained popularity with massive weight loss achieved through diet and exercise or post-bariatric surgery (gastric band, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve).
We all know that maintaining a healthy body weight is a leading contributor to a healthy lifestyle. And regardless of the physical health benefits, we simply feel better and have more confidence when our body weight is reasonably managed. Our most successful total body lift patients are those who have lost substantial weight recently and have retained excess skin that sags. The body lift is an excellent option that is proven to create exciting results! Likely candidates are those who need improvement in the areas of the abdomen, thighs, back, and breasts.
- If you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity of the thigh, hip, or buttock areas.
- If your skin area is saggy, has an “orange peel“, flabby and/or dimpled appearance.
- If your thigh appearance improves dramatically when you lift the lax skin.
- If you are self-conscious about your lower body appearance.
- Tighter, more attractive thigh and buttock skin.
- Improved contours.
- Decreased irregularities in skin surface.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised . Dr Tavakoli will show you what procedures are available to solve your particular problem whether it is your thighs lift, buttocks lift or body lift. Wide variations in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible. Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease.
Lateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures if desired.
Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower thighs lift, body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back.
The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars.
The patient is placed in a compression garment (similar to a long-line elastic support girdle) at the end of surgery to reduce swelling and assist in the natural shrinking and tightening of the skin. There are types of thigh lifts, body lifts and buttocks lifts that differ in the healing process.
Smaller lifts: Initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication.
Larger lifts: One or two nights care in a private hospital are usually required. This allows for pain injections, intravenous catheters, etc.
Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, strenuous activities are usually possible in 6 weeks and almost all symptoms are gone in 4 to 6 months.