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 procedures can improve the dimpled, irregular skin surface.
Picture 1. Shows the incision line of the lower body lift.
Picture 2. Shows the incision scar of the lower body lift.
Picture 3. Shows the incision line of the upper body lift.
Picture 4. Shows the incision scar of the upper body lift.
Body lifts can be performed in these areas:
- Abdominal area - locally or extended area around the sides and into the lower back area
- Thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh or the thigh’s circumference
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.
Picture 5 .Shows the incision line for belt lipectomy or truncal body.
Picture 6 .Shows the incision scar for belt lipectomy or truncal body.
A Good Candidate for Body Lift
Those with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas include
- You have undergone bariatric surgery or too much weight loss
- You have skin laxity, excess skin, sagging of the bullock and abdominal wall
- You have to accept a circumferential scar around you waist
- Your weight have been stable for at least 1 year
- You have a realistic expectation and positive attitude for the body lift
- You have a healthy diet, such as protein deficiency problem can interfere with healing.
Preparing for body lift surgery:
- Consult the surgeon and get the lab test to evaluate the physical health of underlying general anesthesia.
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medication.
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
Body lift Procedure
- Step for under general anesthesia
- The surgeon marks the incision site in the area required to remove the excess fat and skin. There are many parts of the body to involve body lift, which includes the abdominal area around the sides and into the lower back area. They will mark the incision with hiding the scar, such as the bikini line, bra line, or in the clothing or swimsuits.
- The surgeon opens the incision and removes excess fat and skin as much as possible, then repositions, reshapes, and tightens the tissues around the area.
- Close the incisions, the deep suture will support the new shaped by using the absorbable suture, and under skin fixed by absorbable sutures. And the incision skin stitches.
After the procedure, most patients stay in the hospital for several days.
- Wearing compression garment following the surgery for at least 6-8 weeks to support your body and decrease swelling. In some cases will need to wear leg stocking and have heparin injection to prevent DVT
- Sleep with torso slightly elevated to control bruising and swelling.
- During the day following the surgery, you might slightly move your body or to get out the bed to walk to prevent DVT.
- Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming, and strenuous sports for at least six weeks
- Wear some comfortable cloth that easy to remove.
- You have to follow up on all the appointments.
- Take stitches off seven days following surgery.
- Keep clean and dry the incision wound.
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
- fat necrosis
- Recurrent looseness of skin
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- The 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
Recovery for a Body Lift
You will feel discomfort for a few weeks, including bruising, swelling, and numbness around the incision. For full circumferential incisions may take four weeks or more longer. You can return to work at least a few weeks, avoid strenuous exercise at least 6-8 weeks. The scars will be permanent and fade in a year but can be hidden by clothing.