Body lift surgery is an operation that helps remove excess skin and fat from the middle third of the body in a single or 2-stage procedure and with a single waistline scar as the only reminder. This procedure can remove a band of skin between 15 to 40 cm thick from around the body, similar to taking up a pair of trousers.
The body lift works on 3 different sites:
1. At the front: the abdomen which is flat and pulled down; the pubis which is reduced, flattened and lifted; the front of the thighs, which are lifted to mid-height; and the upper half of the inner thigh which is also somewhat lifted
2. On the sides: lateral skin folds that spill over the waist band; and the waistline, which becomes more pronounced
3. At the back: the ‘saddle bag’ area which is flattened and pulled down; the hips which are fully flattened; the buttocks which are lifted and reshaped by enhancement or reduction; and the small of the back which is re-contoured
This operation is applicable in many cases with excess skin:
• The after-effects of significant weight loss after dieting, gastric ring surgery or a by-pass
• The after-effects of liposuction whereby the skin does not tighten after fat removal
• Patients over 50 with slackening skin often due to excess sun exposure
• Younger patients with slack skin from birth
• Patients with sagging buttocks
Although the scar may appear major, it is well accepted by patients if properly positioned and is thin/flat. The location of the scar can be chosen before the surgery in order to adapt as well as possible to the type of clothing worn by the patient. Currently, a low-lying scar is usually preferred in order to allow wearing of low-rising jeans. However, it is also possible to choose a higher placement for the scar in order to better adapt to low-cut ‘Brazilian’ style swimsuits.
The body lift is gaining more acceptance within the community mainly due to the very high patient satisfaction rate. The results are always remarkable since a large amount of skin and/or fat is simply removed. The effectiveness of a body lift is all the more striking in that it applies to areas difficult to slim down by dieting and hence more problematic for choosing clothing.
Lane Cove / Penrith
Length of surgery: 6 to 8 hours
Back to work in 4 to 6 weeks. More strenuous activity requiring lifting or manual labour, wait 6 to 8 weeks. An abdominal binder (a broad elastic band) should be worn continuously for 2 to 6 weeks. The binder provides extra comfort and support as you heal. Driving may be resumed when stomping one’s feet does not cause any abdominal pain.
Duration of results:
Seen at 12 months when the scar has matured.