Body Lift

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. 

Positioning of body lift incision

Picture 1. Shows the incision line of the lower body lift.

Positioning of body lift scar

Picture 2. Shows the incision scar of the lower body lift.

Shows the incision line of the upper body lift.

Picture 3. Shows the incision line of the upper body lift.

Shows the incision scar 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
  • Buttocks
  • Thigh - the inner, outer or posterior thigh or the thigh’s circumference
  • Underarm
          Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, and genetic factors may contribute to reduced tissue elasticity, resulting in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
          Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits in which the skin has good elasticity and can conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is reduced, 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.

Shows the incision line for belt lipectomy or truncal body.

Picture 5 .Shows the incision line for belt lipectomy or truncal body.

 

Shows the incision scar 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
  • Healthy
  • You have a realistic expectation and positive attitude for the body lift
  • Nonsmokers
  • You have a healthy diet, such as protein deficiency problem can interfere with healing.


Preparing for body lift surgery:

  1. Consult the surgeon and get the lab test to evaluate the physical health of underlying general anesthesia.
  2. Take certain medications or adjust your current medication.
  3. Stop smoking
  4. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

Body lift Procedure

  1. Step for under general anesthesia
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  

Postoperative care

          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)
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Fluid accumulation (blood or serum)
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • fat necrosis
  • Pain
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Asymmetries
  • 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.

 

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Does Body lift remove the fat completely?

          A body lift is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower and middle portions of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. However, it is not meant to be a weight loss procedure, and it will not remove all of the fat from these areas. Liposuction, which is often performed in conjunction with a body lift, can help to remove excess fat, but it is not a substitute for weight loss and healthy eating.

          It's important to note that body lift is a procedure to reshape and contour the body by removing excess skin, not to remove all the fat. The best candidates for body lift are those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. It's important to have realistic expectations and understand that body lift is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring procedure.

What is Full 360 Body Lift?

          A full 360 body lift, also known as a circumferential body lift, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the entire circumference of the lower body. This includes the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and even the upper thighs, back and waist. This procedure is typically performed after significant weight loss, and is designed to remove excess skin and fat and contour the entire body.

          The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure. The incision is typically made around the waistline, and the excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is then tightened and repositioned to create a smoother, more toned appearance.

          Recovery time for a full 360 body lift can be longer than for a traditional body lift. Patients should expect to take off several weeks from work to allow time for recovery, and will need to follow strict post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

How long does it take to recover from a body lift?

          Recovery time after a body lift can vary depending on the extent of the procedures performed and the individual's health and healing abilities. Generally, patients can expect to take off a few weeks from work to allow time for recovery.

  • During the first few days following the surgery, patients may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort. They will be given pain medication to help manage these symptoms.
  • Stitches will be removed within 7-10 days after the surgery.
  • It is important to avoid strenuous activities and to keep the incision areas clean and dry for the first few weeks after the surgery.
  • Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over the course of several weeks.
  • Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 2-4 weeks after the surgery.
  • Patients are advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for a few weeks after the surgery and to wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling and support the newly contoured areas of the body.
  • The final result of the surgery can be seen after 6-12 months, as the healing process is complete, and the swelling subsides.

It's important to follow the surgeon's post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

What are the procedures included in Body Lift?

A body lift typically includes the following procedures:

  1. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the tightening of the abdominal muscles.
  2. Liposuction: This procedure involves the use of a hollow stainless steel tube (cannula) and a powerful suction device to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body.
  3. Belt lipectomy or Lower body lift: This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the hips, thighs, and buttocks and the tightening of the underlying muscles.
  4. Medial thigh lift: This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the inner thighs and the tightening of the underlying muscles.
  5. Arm lift (Brachioplasty): This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper arms and the tightening of the underlying muscles.
  6. Breast lift (Mastopexy): This procedure is done to lift and reshape the breasts.

These procedures can be done individually or combined together depending on the patient's need.

 
 
 
 

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