While a successful weight loss can be great motivational boost for a person, the untoward effects that come along can be annoying. People often complain of sagging skin and excess folds that stick out in one’s newly acquired body shape in a less than ideal way. Forming mainly below the waistline, these skin sags and folds can cause functional problems and may also cover the pubis and groin in extreme cases. This may further lead to undue sweating and skin irritation and may create mobility restrictions. On the other hand, loose skin on the buttocks, outer thighs, and inner thighs, back of the thighs, hips and on the lower abdomen looks aesthetically unpleasant causing social embarrassment for some.
This can be effectively countered with a lower body lift procedure that can help a person get rid of excess loose skin and add flattering contours to the body. The ideal candidate for a lower body lift is someone with excess loose skin following a major weight loss or bariatric surgery. However, the patient must have the right weight and should be free from any chronic health problems.
- The procedure for a lower body lift begins with the surgeon creating a circumferential incision around the waist, lower abdomen, and buttocks.
- Excess fat and skin is then removed through the incisions, while the underlying tissues are tightened.
- The incisions are closed and covered in multiple layers using bandages, skin adhesives and tapes.
- A compression garment is wrapped around for six weeks to reduce swelling and help in the natural tightening of the skin tissues.
When you should or should not consider undergoing the procedure?
You should opt for lower body lift when:
- You have loose skin as a by-result of major weight loss.
- You have overhanging skin that cause painful chafing, infections and rashes.
- You experience low self-esteem coming from an unpleasant looking body figure.
- Pregnancy or ageing has left you with excessive cellulite and loose skin.
You shouldn’t go for lower body lift when:
- You are not willing to accept a circumferential scar around your torso.
- You smoke and may not be able to resist it for at least six months before and after the surgery.
- You have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
- You lack a healthy diet and suffer from protein deficiencies.
- You do not have strong mental stamina and may not be able to endure through the time taking surgical contouring procedures.
Recovery from Lower Body Lift
Recovery from a lower body lift procedure requires patience as the surgery takes time to heal. Doctors prescribe a compression garment that must be worn for at least six weeks and the wounds are checked on every two to three weeks until fully recovered. Following a lower body lift surgery, it is important that:
- You stay well hydrated and keep a little body movement going like pottering around the house a few times.
- Have a family member or friend by your side always as you may need to go home with drains.
- Take the prescribed pain relief tablet without any delays on doses.