The downside of weight loss, whether achieved with diet and exercise or with bariatric surgeries, is the massive amount of loose skin that does not conform to the new shape of the body. After weight loss, a lot of people are left with sagging skin and even some fat deposits on different parts of the body. This loose skin is not just unsightly, but also makes an individual more susceptible to skin infections and functional concerns. There is a chance that the excess skin may cover the pubis and the groin, causing excoriation due to sweating. A lot of patients are unable to feel the benefits of weight loss due to the new issues that are caused by this excess skin. The excess skin can hang off the midsection, the arms, chest, back, and thighs. With a full body lift, patients can have their excess skin and tissue removed, attaining a much slimmer and improved body shape.
Who is the right candidate?
Someone who has an excess of loose skin after a successful loss of weight, is the ideal candidate for a full body lift. However, before opting for a full body lift, one should be aware of the fact that some of the scars of this surgery cannot be hidden. The scars may even be visible during social occasions, therefore, people considering this surgery should be fully aware of the situation. An ideal candidate for this surgery must also be free from any chronic health problems and should be healthy.
Procedures for body contouring are not performed in a single session. Usually, it requires about two to three sessions, performed under general anesthesia. A body lift may also require a two to four night stay in the clinic or hospital. The first session may involve a lower body lift, involving a tummy tuck, lifting the skin over the pubic area, buttocks, and the lateral thigh area. The next session could be an upper body lift which also includes a breast lift for the ladies. In the second session, excess skin from the front and the back is removed. An arm lift may also be included in the second session. In the third session, generally, the excess skin on the inner thigh is targeted. Many surgeons use liposuction to assist a full body lift in the removal of excess fat in the patient.
Following the procedure, it is advisable to have someone with you to assist you in your recovery. The wounds will need to be checked after two weeks of the procedure, while a surgeon appointment will be set up after 6 weeks for follow ups. The follow up assessments will continue as and when required, till the time you have recovered.
- Attend all post-operative appointments
- Take about 4 – 6 weeks off work
- Do not drive for 2 weeks
- Avoid physical exercise till advised