Body contouring surgery may be performed as an outpatient or inpatient surgery, depending upon the type or combination of procedures planned. The surgeries may be performed at an accredited plastic surgeon’s outpatient surgical facility, hospital, or outpatient surgery center. It can be performed with general anesthesia or IV sedation. You should plan to have a person drive you home and stay with you for the first night.
The following are common full body lift procedures. You may receive your surgeries in a series of treatments over time, or may have more that one procedure at a time. Your doctor will discuss the process with you.
An arm lift removes excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm area between the elbow and armpit (axilla). An incision is usually made along the inner side or back of the arm to hide the incision as much as possible. Excess skin and tissue is removed surgically and/or with liposuction. Deep sutures are used to reshape the upper arm, creating a firm toned appearance and minimize the scars.
After weight loss, the breasts can become flat or sag. A breast lift removes excess tissue and reshapes the breast and nipple to create a more natural uplifted and firmer appearance. There are several incision methods that may be used depending on your desired outcome and the amount of excess skin associated with your breasts. Breast implants may be inserted at the time of a breast lift or later to add fullness and firmness to the upper half of the breast.
Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift is used to correct the appearance of sagging buttocks, thighs, hips, the groin area, and the abdomen. The procedures may be performed together or in stages. Incision patterns vary depending on the amount of excess skin and the area(s) being lifted. Excess tissue and fat are removed and the lower body is “lifted” resulting in a firmer toned silhouette.
A thigh lift corrects the appearance of the inner, outer, or mid thigh. The incision varies according to the area being treated. Excess fat and tissue are removed surgically, with liposuction, or both. The result is firmer proportioned thighs.
Following the surgical procedure, temporary drainage tubes may be placed beneath the skin to help reduce swelling and any fluid collection to help speed your recovery. You may wear an elastic bandage or compression garment while you heal. You should follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully while you recover. It is common to have temporary movement or lifting restrictions early in your recovery period.
The results of your procedure are immediate and will become more visible as swelling subsides. It is common for the surgical procedures to span a period of about two years. When your surgeries are complete, the results are relatively permanent. You can ensure your results by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.