Body lifts are usually performed on those with large amounts of loose, hanging skin in multiple areas on the trunk and legs. Its goal is to return the body to a more normal appearance after loss of skin elasticity due to extreme weight loss or age-related changes.
Body lift procedures are performed under general anaesthesia, and typically take from 3 to 7 hours. The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin using incisions that will generally be hidden under underwear and swimwear. After the excision wounds are closed, the surgeon can use excess tissue or an upward pushing force to lift areas, such as the breasts or buttocks, as needed. Excision is often combined with liposuction for a more thorough removal of undesired fat. A surgical drain may be utilized to remove additional internal fluid that can collect in the areas of surgery.
Most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 4 - 6 weeks. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until at least 8 to 10 weeks have passed. It is important that your incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during this time. As with all surgery, it is important to understand that these guidelines can vary widely based on the patient’s personal health, the techniques used, and other variable factors surrounding the surgery. Any severe pain should be reported to your doctor.