Body Lift

Achieving weight loss goals through exercise and diet provides many health benefits. However, negative body image can still occur due to sagging, irregular body shape, or a dimpled skin surface caused by cellulite. A body lift restores shape and tone to the body by reducing the amount of unwanted fat and skin. Improved self-confidence, body image and better health are all results of a body lift.

Tissue elasticity varies from person to person, and the situation can be exacerbated by general aging, genetic factors, sun damage and pregnancy. A body lift is most suitable for people who are renewing their determination to maintain reasonable levels of fitness, coupled with sensible nutrition and lifestyle habits.

WHAT IS A BODY LIFT?

In some ways, a body lift can be compared to an extension of a tummy tuck. However, along with re-contouring of the abdomen, a body lift can also tighten the sides, back, buttocks, thighs and hips. Your doctor may also recommend additional procedures such as facelift, breast lift and arm lift to provide a completely balanced and toned appearance. The procedures are often coupled with liposuction for optimum results.

TAKING THE FIRST STEP

An initial consultation with Dr Laniewski will help to determine the condition of your skin and body, including unwanted fat deposits and general tone. He will take into consideration your overall health, along with goals and expectations, before making a surgical plan that will provide the best results. He will explain the procedure in detail, including the surgery and post-operation care for a comfortable recovery. During the initial consultation you will be expected to disclose any factors that could affect outcomes, including your smoking status, use of medications, other drugs, and even vitamin supplements.

THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE

You are an individual, and your body lift procedure will be personalised to treat your unique circumstances, targeting specific regions of your body. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the results are very positive, although there are limitations. A body lift can help remove symptoms of aging or damaging lifestyle habits, but continued improvements are reliant on moderate exercise and good habits once you have recovered from the operation.

A body lift involves removal of excess skin, and depending on the areas you want to target the incisions can be extensive. On the plus side, Dr Laniewski will ensure that incisions are strategically located so they are conveniently hidden by clothing and swimsuits.

The operation is performed under general anaesthesia in a surgical hospital environment. A body lift operation can take several hours, followed by 2-3 days in hospital for initial recovery. During this time your condition will be monitored, although complications are rare. Surgical drains will be used for up to a week to remove unwanted fluids, and surgical tape will support the skin during initial recovery.

ONGOING RECOVERY

Improvements to your appearance will be immediate; however, your skin will take several weeks to fully heal. Complete recovery can take some time as swelling resolves and incision scars lighten to a less noticeable colour. You will need someone else to take you home after your hospital stay, and it’s a good idea to prepare your home in readiness for your return. Planning ahead also involves taking a few weeks off work or any other responsibilities that involve strenuous physical activity. Avoid any extended stretching, lifting, or vigorous exercise until recovery is further progressed. Pain relief medication will be prescribed if required.

YOUR NEW LOOK WILL BE WORTH IT

Cosmetic surgery is a field of medicine that enhances appearance, provides self-confidence, and improves quality of life. Removal of fat and flab will take the strain off joints and ligaments that strain under excessive and misplaced weight, and it will be much easier to turn the corner toward a dedicated fitness regimen.

Within a couple of weeks you will be able to return to work and resume regular activities and routines. Accepting visible scars is also part of the recovery, but they will lighten closer to your skin colour over time. An ageing body will lose firmness as the years pass, but body lift improvements can be relatively permanent, especially if you maintain weight goals and a reasonable level of general health.