The joy of reaching your goal weight can often be marred by the realisation that your post-weight loss body has not magically reappeared. Weight gain and subsequent loss can cause tissue laxity and folds of excess skin, which can become frustrating.
A body lift is a procedure that addresses tissue laxity by pulling and tightening the skin around the abdomen and upper thighs. Since the surgery requires a couple of nights stay in hospital, it attracts Medicare rebates and you may also receive assistance from your private health fund.
During your consultation at Allure Clinic in Toowoomba, A/Prof Mark Magnusson will discuss your goals with you and help you with a custom surgical plan that will help you meet these goals.
Remove excess skin
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What Happens During a Body Lift?
While a lower body lift is the most popular option, a mid-body lift can also be performed. To complete the procedure, an incision will be made around your waist, across the lower abdomen and sometimes along the inside of the thighs too – it depends on what you want to achieve. The incisions are strategically placed so that any scarring can be hidden by clothing.
After the incisions have been made, any excess fat and tissue will be removed before the skin is tightened. The incisions will then be closed with sutures and a compression garment will be applied. Since it can be difficult to tighten the lower body and not the abdomen, most patients choose to combine a body lift with abdominoplasty to achieve the best results. A mid-body lift will address the abdomen as well as the lower half of the body, with the only difference being that the abdomen is also tightened and trimmed.
A body lift is ideal for anyone who is close to or has achieved their ideal weight and wants to get rid of drooping skin, fat and tissue that can’t be treated with a diet and exercise.
What to Expect after a Body Lift
Following your body lift surgery with A/Prof Magnusson of Allure Clinic in Toowoomba, you will see a noticeable difference to your shape. However, the final results of your procedure will only be visible several months later. Provided you maintain a stable weight, the results of your body lift will be permanent.
Directly after your surgery, bandages will be placed over your incisions and a drain will be placed under the skin to get rid of any excess fluids – drains and dressings are generally removed two to three days after your surgery. Since this is an extensive procedure, recovery takes time and patience. You will also require antibiotics and medication to manage the pain. A/Prof Magnusson will also require you to wear a compression garment, which will reduce swelling.
While walking is encouraged after surgery, your usual exercise routine can only be resumed much later – generally after three months. Swelling, bruising, numbness and pain can all be expected after a body lift. Even though serious side effects such as infection are possible, they can be avoided if the necessary aftercare instructions are followed.