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BODY LIFT

Massive weight loss or fluctuations, pregnancy, aging can cause the skin and underlying tissues to become very lax and sagging. This condition requires a bodylift surgery.

It can be of two types-
1. Upper body lift
2. Lower bodylift
Upper Bodylift can address lax and sagging breasts, arms, upper back while lower bodylift can address abdomen, flanks, lower back and thighs and buttocks.

Anaesthesia- General anesthesia is preferred.

Incisions- Body lift procedures are surgical procedures and they require extensive incisions. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as surgical judgment.
For upper body lift, the incision is combination of breast reduction and arm lift surgery incisions and may be horizontal incision for upper back lift.
For lower body lift, its abdominoplasty incision extending horizontally towards flanks and lower back along with thigh lift surgery incision.
Liposuction may be done to remove excess fat. Lax skin is excise, underlying fascia are tightened if required and incisions are closed over drains.

Liposuction may be done to remove excess fat. Upper skin flap is elevated by undermining and freeing the navel. Abdominal muscles are tightened. Excess skin is resected and skin flap is sutured. Drains may be kept to remove accumulated fluid.

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Recovery and results-
Liposuction may be done to remove excess fat. Lax skin is excise, underlying fascia are tightened if required and incisions are closed over drains.
Complications can occur but rare-
• Anaesthesia risks
• Bleeding (hematoma)
• Infection
• Poor wound healing
• Fluid accumulation (seroma)
• Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
• Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
• Pain, which may persist
• Recurrent looseness of skin
• Persistent swelling in the legs
• Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
• Asymmetries
• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
• Possible need for revisionary surgery
• Skin loss
• Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation and require removal
• Unfavourable scarring

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with our plastic surgeon.

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