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There are many different types of Body Lift Surgery procedures that target different areas of the body. If you are struggling with hanging or excess skin caused by massive weight loss or other factors, a body lift might be right for you.
Back Lift Surgery
This surgery can be performed as a lower back lift or an upper back lift. It can result in substantial alterations in the patient’s morphology. The lower back lift is commonly done in conjunction with the lower body lift, although it can be performed independently.
The procedure uses anesthesia and takes around two hours to complete. The incision takes place inside the boundaries of the back of a special bra, worn throughout the marking phase. The bra covers the incision and accompanying scar. The incision for the lower back lift goes across the back over the buttocks. This allows for the creation of a natural-looking, slimmer appearance.
Arm Lift Surgery
An Arm Lift is a cosmetic procedure that reduces hanging skin and tissue on the upper arms. Markings are be made on your elbows, arms, and armpits by your surgeon. The type of Brachioplasty you have will determine the placement, length, and orientation of these incision lines. Depending on your surgeon’s suggestion, you will be given intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic. To remove extra skin and fat, your surgeon will make the required incisions.
The incisions might be in the armpits or down the inside of the arms to better hide scarring. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with other procedures to remove extra fat. Next, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat. Then, seal the incisions to create a tighter and smoother arm contour. After that, the skin is smoothed over the new arm shape. Your surgeon will delicately close the incisions to minimize scarring. Sutures can be placed beneath the skin and will eventually be absorbed by the body. Drains, as well as a sterile dressing and a compression garment, may be inserted.
Thigh Lift Surgery
Thigh lift or Thighplasty is a surgery that tightens the thighs and improves their overall look. Thighplasty takes around two hours and is commonly done as an outpatient procedure under anesthetic. Because incisions for this operation can vary widely, a surgeon will discuss with the patient to ensure the most effective incisions are created for each situation.
A bilateral thigh lift tightens the skin on the front and outside of the leg, whereas an inner thigh lift concentrates on the inside thigh. An incision is made near the top of the leg. A tiny bit of skin is removed before the remaining skin is pushed up, tightening the skin on both sides of the shank. This treatment is frequently performed after a person has dropped a significant amount of weight.
A medial thigh lift is a procedure that tightens the skin and fat on the top section of the inner thigh. An incision is made from the crotch to the buttock crease. To improve the look, the skin is raised, and extra fat and skin are removed.
Lower Body Lift Surgery
A total Lower Body Lift, also known as a Belt Lipectomy, offers the advantage of treating the buttocks, belly, waist, hips, and thighs in one procedure. For this reason, it is frequently part of a Mommy Makeover.
The lower body lift extends the tummy tuck incision around the lower torso, allowing the surgeon to elevate the thighs and tighten the buttocks while still doing the typical stomach tuck. The surgeon will make a circumferential incision around your chest and remove an apron of extra skin and fat below the incision, as well as realign and tighten your tissues. Your skin and underlying tissues will be suspended and tightened while the remaining skin in your buttocks and thighs is pulled upward. The result is an overall tightened and lifted appearance.
Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
A Brazilian buttock lift is a fat transfer technique that enhances the size and contour of the buttocks without the use of implants. It uses fat from other parts of the body, such as hips, stomach, and thighs. Using liposuction, this fat is carefully removed. After extracting the fat, it is cleansed and prepared for injection into the buttocks. To get a more rounded, entire appearance, your surgeon injects the processed fat into some areas of the buttocks.
If you are considering Body Lift Surgery in the Miami area, get in touch today to book your complimentary in-person or online consultation with Dr. Castrellón. Together you can discuss you goals and determine which procedure might be best for your unique needs.
Frequently Ask Questions
The first 3-4 days are the worst. Pain meds can help. By the end of the first week, you’ll notice each day gets better and better. Numbness and mild tolerable soreness may stick around for a few months.
Discomfort will dissipate over a week or two after the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication for you to take after you return home. You will also need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks after the surgery, and your plastic surgeon may recommend that you follow a special diet.
Sleep on your back with your head and legs elevated (1-2 pillows). Since the incisions are on the front and the back it can be difficult to get comfortable. Sleeping on your side is ok too if that allows you to feel less pulling at the incision sites. Continue this for one to two weeks.
Wear compression garments: In addition to having drains in place to remove fluid build-up, patients will also be placed in compressive garments to reduce swelling and promote healing. In most cases, compression garments will need to be worn around the clock for the first several weeks after surgery.
Please make no special attempts to stretch or bend down during the first 2-3 weeks of healing. You must change your position and walk around the house every few hours to reduce the danger of blood clots.
As with any invasive or surgical procedures, body lifts have risks and possible complications, which include: Unfavorable scarring and/or skin discoloration. Excessive bleeding or hematoma. Skin or fat necrosis (tissue death)