Synonyms: Body Reshaping, Body Contouring, Total Body Face Lift
Body Lift or Total Body Lift is a Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery procedure performed to reshape your body to it's natural curves and contours. Body Lift is a surgical procedure where the loose and hanging skin of the entire body is tightened and implants are inserted, all in one procedure. Body Lift basically reshapes the breasts, chest, arms, thighs, hips, back, waist, abdomen & knees after losing weight (for example those people who lose lot of weight after undergoing weight loss surgeries like Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding), aging and multiple pregnancies.
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Cost of procedure performed in the US: $5,800.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
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Body Lift can be combined with other Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery procedures like Liposuction, Power Assisted Liposculpture (PAL), Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift, Arm Lift, Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, and Breast Lift. Skin Grafting may also be performed in places of the body where needed. These procedures not only remove excess skin and fat, they also improve the unsightly stretch marks and create an uplifted, shapely, youthful and fuller appearance.
If you have lost large amounts of weight (50 - 300 lbs.) and have loose, hanging skin on your face, breasts, back, belly and thighs, or if you want to lose weight (especially if you suffer from central obesity) that is resistant to diet and exercise, if you have folds of loose, hanging skin due to aging or multiple pregnancies that might pose a danger of cellulitis or abscess, then you are an ideal candidate for Body Lift. This procedure can either be performed in isolation or in combination with other body contouring and weight loss procedures like Liposuction, Tummy Tuck etc.
If you are severely obese, are a smoker or an alcoholic or do not have a stable mental state to undergo a major surgical procedure and follow post-operative instructions to obtain optimum benefit or if you are allergic to the medication used for general anesthesia, then you are not an ideal candidate for Body Lift.
Your surgeon and anesthetist will obtain a thorough medical history and perform a medical examination to assess your health status. It is a good idea to lose as much weight as possible to optimally benefit from Body Lift procedure. Routine laboratory tests of blood and urine will be performed and an Electrocardiogram will be recorded to ensure your suitability for anesthesia. Make sure you inform your surgeon about all the prescription and non-prescription medications (including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements) that you take. On your pre-operative visit just before the Body Lift surgery, your surgeon will take some photographs for comparison with after surgery photos (which will be taken after Body Lift surgery) and also make markings on your body that would guide your surgeon as to which tissues of your body need to be worked on.
Body Lift is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and can take about 5 - 7 or may be 10 hours depending on what other cosmetic surgery procedures are performed along with it. The Body Lift surgery is usually performed to remove excess skin from the belly first i.e. from the area between the belly button and pubic hair and tightening of abdominal muscles is also performed. Excessive skin is removed, belly button is repositioned, remainder of the skin is approximated and the incision is sutured. The surgeon will then turn you on your side, make incisions in your buttock and back area, remove fat and excess skin to try and normalize the curves and contours of your sides and back. Body Lift also involves Liposuction of the buttocks, thighs and abdomen areas. Lastly your surgeon will work on the flabby arms (commonly called bat wings) and make them shapely. As mentioned above, Liposuction, Power Assisted Liposculpture (PAL), Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift, Arm Lift, Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift and Skin Grafting can all be performed at the same time, whatever your need may be.
You will spend the initial few hours after Body Lift in the recovery room under observation for immediate post-operative complications and to monitor your heart and lung functions. You will probably spend the next 3 - 5 days in the hospital. Immediately after the Body Lift surgery, you will be given a compression bandage (compression garment) to wear over areas where surgery was performed to reduce swelling and bleeding. The first couple of days after Body Lift can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Drains and tubes will be placed under your skin for 1 - 2 weeks to drain fluid, blood and fat. Despite the pain and discomfort, you should try and walk the very first evening after Body Lift surgery and your nurse will encourage you to increase your activity gradually but progressively. You will be able to resume your daily activities in about 4 - 5 weeks.
Body Lift is a comprehensive procedure that can take care of flabby, bulges in different parts of your body. The best results are obtained when Body Lift is performed by skillful and experienced cosmetic surgeons. This procedure is as safe as multiple shorter cosmetic surgeries. The contours of your body will be better defined and if you commit yourself to exercising regularly and eating sensibly, chances are that the results of Body Lift will be good for the rest of your life.
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