Body Lift Surgery
in Bangkok, Thailand
Body lift is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce excess skin, fat, and other tissues that linger after substantial weight loss. Depending on the location of the surplus skin, the lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed, and the procedure(s) can improve dimpled, irregular skin surface.
Figure 1: Positioning of body lift incision
Figure 2: Positioning of body lift scar
Body lifts can be performed in these areas:
- Thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh or the thigh’s circumference
Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, body lift techniques along with liposuction may be recommended.
Truncal body lift
Belt lipectomy or truncal body lift is a circumferential removal of loose, hanging skin and fat from around the waist or “belt” line of an individual. It could be considered an extensive tummy tuck that continues around the sides to remove the loose “love handle” skin that continues onto the lower back.
Who should get a body lift?
2. Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
3. Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
5. Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
Preparing for body lift surgery:
1. Get a lab test or a medical evaluation.
2. Take certain medications or adjust your current medication.
3. Refrain from smoking.
4. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
It is strongly recommended to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital for surgery, and to stay with you for at least the first night after the surgery.
Body lift Procedure
Body lift procedures are surgical procedures that require extensive incisions. The length and pattern of the incision n depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as surgical judgment. However, advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
The common technique of completing lower body lift uses incisions, ones that are similar to a bikini pattern to tighten the abdomen, groin, waist, thigh and buttock in one procedure. An incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
Surgical body lifts may require liposuction to achieve an improved contour. Deep sutures within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.
Body lift recovery:
- During your body lift surgery recovery, dressings or bandages will be applied onto the incisions after the procedure is complete. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily inserted under the skin to drain any excess blood and fluid that may have been accumulated.
- You will be given specific instructions that include how to care for your surgical wounds following the surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, how to care for your drains and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
After the procedure, most patients stay in hospital for several days. While you are healing, you may experience some pain, bruising, swelling and numbness around the operated site. Please bear in mind that this is normal. Our doctors will prescribe pain relief as needed.
Patients are encouraged to get out of bed and walk during the day following the surgery. You may be required to wear a compression garment to support the operated site(s). You may also need to wear calf or leg stockings and have heparin injections. Make sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to remove.
Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports until advised by your surgeon
Risks and complications of body lift surgery include::
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
- Fluid accumulation (blood or serum)
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Pain, which may persist
- Recurrent looseness of skin
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possible need for revision surgery
- Skin loss as sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin and becomes visible or causes irritation. This requires removal.
- Unfavorable scarring