Total body lift (“body contouring” surgery)

The Surgery

A complete lower body lift treats sagging buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and outer thighs in one procedure or in staged procedures. Incision patterns vary, and may include a circumferential incision around the body to remove the “belt” of excess skin and fat.

Body lift surgery requires a high degree of surgical skill as well as a fine appreciation of body aesthetics. A number of procedures may be required to achieve the patient’s goals and this will be defined along with a plan for the timing of these procedures.

Cosmetic surgery procedures that may be required are as follows:

  • Lower body lift: to correct sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs
  • Breast lift: to correct sagging, flattened breasts
  • Arm lift: to correct sagging of the upper arms
  • Thigh lift: to correct sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh

All body-contouring procedures require incisions to remove excess skin. In all cases, these incisions are based on the type of surgery involved. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and the surgeon’s professional judgment. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.

Body contouring is often performed in stages. The patient’s condition and goals, as well as the plastic surgeon’s best judgment, all influence how the surgeon defines a surgical plan. It take quite a period of time to achieve the loss of all the excess weight; and for the results of body countouring to be achieved. This procedures above most cosmetic surgery requires counselling and agreement as to the goal achievable.

Breast lift (see section on Breast lift for further details)

The incision patterns for lifting a woman’s sagging breasts will be determined based on the amount of excess skin to be removed. These may include one or a combination of incisions in a circular pattern around the areola, in a line extending from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. A breast implant also may be recommended to enhance breast shape and size.

Arm lift (see section on Arm lift for further details)

Sagging skin in the upper arms is treated with an incision from the underarm area extending along the inside or back of the upper arm. Additional incisions on the arms may be necessary in any area where excess skin has formed sagging pockets. The smoother, tighter contours that result from upper arm lift are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising. In addition, skin quality is dramatically improved in both appearance and texture.

Thigh lift (see section on Thigh lift for further details)

Reshaping of the thighs is achieved through incisions in the groin that can extend downward to the knee along the inner portion of the thigh. Improving contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions the plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned thigh.

Safety and Potential Risks of total body lift surgery

The majority of patients undergoing total body lift surgery performed by an experienced surgeon achieve good results with an uneventful and rapid recovery. For a list of possible complications please refer to the section on each procedure; bearing in mind that total body lift, by definition, involves multiple areas of surgery.

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