Body Lift and Body Contouring Including Liposuction
Body Contouring After Significant Weight Loss or Gastric Surgery
Prior to losing a large amount of weight people are naturally focused on their weight loss goal and do not give any consideration to what shape their bodies will be in after their desired weight loss has been achieved. This is where body lift surgery may be beneficial.
As a result, whilst the outcome on the scales is gratifying, the presence of significant amounts of loose skin both look unsightly and can cause considerable discomfort when wearing clothes.
For these men and women, body lift surgery provides them with a shapely body to complement their reduced weight. There is a saying that ‘the bariatric surgery makes a patient healthy, but the body contouring surgery (body lift) makes them happy’.
That’s because you can’t exercise or shrink redundant skin after significant weight loss – it needs to be surgically removed.
Body Contouring Plastic Surgery procedures can Vary from Patient to Patient
Some weight loss patients only need to target one specific area of the body in order to achieve their body-contouring goals. Others may need to deal with a number of problem areas, with the surgery spread over a number of operations.
A significant proportion of patients undergo many of the available major body contouring procedures in a number of operations, typically spread out over 12 – 18 months. This requires a huge commitment from the patient, but the results are truly life-changing.
The main body contouring procedures are:
1/ extensive liposuction
2/ lower body lift (circumferential ‘belt’ lipectomy’)
3/ upper body lift (breast lift, lateral chest/back reductions)
4/ brachioplasties (arm reductions)
5/ inner thigh lifting (reduction)
6/ face/neck lift
Mr. Maxwell will help you choose the procedure/s that best meet your needs and will ensure that your goals are met safely and effectively.
INTRODUCTION TO BODY CONTOURING
The best results of body lifting/contouring by far are achieved in patients who have reached or nearly reached their ideal weight = Body Mass Index (BMI) of 20 – 30. But very dramatic improvements can be made in patients whose BMI is higher than 30.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared.
Normal: 20 – 30
Overweight: 25 – 30
Obese: 30 – 35
Morbidly Obese: >35
LOWER BODY LIFT PLASTIC SURGERY
The introduction of the circumferential ‘lower body lift’ (circumferential or ‘belt’ lipectomy in the late 1990’s revolutionised the surgical treatment of the massive weight loss patient.
The Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) is a circumferential procedure consisting of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in the front, and lifting of the buttocks and the backs and outer parts of the thighs. The buttocks in particular can be dramatically improved. Liposuction (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy = SAL) is often performed in conjunction with this procedure. The buttocks in these patients tend to be very flat in addition to drooping, and fat suctioned from other areas can be transferred (grafted) into the buttocks to produce a much more rounded and pleasing shape.
The Lower Body Lift can be combined with other contouring procedures such as Brachioplasty, Breast Lift/Reduction/Enlargement, Lateral Chest /Back Skin Tightening (Wedge Lipectomies) and Inner Thigh Reduction also known as Inner Thigh Lift.
THE BELT LIPECTOMY PROCEDURE
A Lower Bodylift (Belt Lipectomy) can take up to 6hrs to complete. Liposuction has to be performed before the excess skin can be excised. The patient has to be turned from front to back half way through the operation. All the wound closures are performed with buried dissolvable sutures. Whilst the use of multiple suction drains has been standard for many years, more and more often Mr. Maxwell uses fewer or no drains which makes the post-operative recovery much easier.
At the end of the procedure a custom compression garment is fitted and worn for a minimum of 4 weeks (6 weeks if liposuction/abdominal hernia repair have been performed.)
Patients are encouraged to sit out of bed and walk a little on the first post-operative morning. A blood transfusion may be required to optimise recovery especially where the body lift has been combined with another contouring procedure. Discharge from hospital is around the 5th post-operative day. If drains are used and are still draining at the time of discharge, the patient may go home with the drain tubes in-situ, or remain in hospital until the drainage has ceased.
Once at home, walking is encouraged but more vigorous exercise and heavy lifting are held off for 8 weeks post-operatively.
3 – 4 weeks off work are usually required.
UPPER BODY LIFT
This term includes breast rejuvenation surgery (reduction/ lift/ enlargement/gynaecomastia treatment in males) and tightening of the sides of the chest and back if required.
Some practitioners include arm reduction surgery (brachioplasty) in this grouping.
Delivering friendly and compassionate care, Mr. Richard Maxwell and his staff serve patients at three different locations across Melbourne, providing safe and effective treatments for cosmetic enhancement and rejuvenation including:
NEXT STEPS for a Consultation with Melbourne Plastic Surgeon Mr Richard Maxwell
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