- Cosmetic procedure
- Overnight stay required in private hospital
A body lift is an in-depth cosmetic surgery that removes large folds of skin and fat from areas such as the upper buttocks, hips, lower abdomen and the upper thighs. This body contouring procedure modifies the patient’s size and shape, resulting in a shapelier silhouette.
You may benefit from a body lift if one or multiple areas of your body have large amounts of excess fat and severe skin looseness following a major life event such as pregnancy or significant weight loss.
The decision to undergo a body lift is a very personal one. During your initial consultation, Dr Norris will focus on your specific concerns as well as the outcome you have in mind. He will also spend time evaluating the areas of concern, your skin tone as well as the condition of your fatty tissue. Measurements and photographs will also need to be taken for your medical records. From there, the specifics of the procedure will be discussed so that you know exactly what to expect. A detailed quotation will be drawn up, after which you can decide whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. A second consultation will need to be scheduled to discuss the specifics of your surgery and to book a date for the procedure.
A general anaesthetic will be administered prior to your procedure to keep you comfortable throughout. An incision will be made around the entire circumference of the abdomen, where your belt will usually sit. The specific incision techniques that are used will be discussed in your consultation. Next, the excess skin is removed and the remaining skin, as well as the belly button, is repositioned. The underlying muscles of the abdomen may also need to be tightened. The incisions are closed with sutures and surgical tape for additional support. A dressing is applied to the incisions and drains may be placed under the skin to get rid of excess blood and fluid.
- Depending on what needs to be achieved, a body lift can take up to 7 hours to complete
- You will need to spend a night or two in hospital
- The drains will need to be in place for a day or two, depending on how much fluid needs to be removed
- An adult will need to drive you home once you are discharged
- Compression garments will need to be worn for six weeks to reduce swelling and aid healing
- Dr Norris will send you home with specific postoperative instructions and a prescription for pain medication
- Short showers will be possible but the waterproof dressings need to be thoroughly dried afterwards
- You are encouraged to sleep on your back and prop yourself up with pillows for the first 6 weeks to reduce swelling
- The worst of the discomfort occurs during the first 2 days after a body lift but this pain can be managed with medication
- Bruising, swelling, tenderness and sensitivity are common but should resolve after 2 weeks
- You can engage in some light walking after 2 weeks but your usual exercise routine can only be resumed after 6 weeks
- Most patients can return to work after 2 weeks but any heavy lifting is not permitted. Your normal duties can be resumed after 3 weeks
- A follow-up appointment will be necessary after 3 – 7 days so that your wounds can be checked and your dressing changed
- Haematoma This refers to a collection of blood that occurs after surgery. The body either naturally absorbs this or surgical drainage will be required. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising and skin that is itchy or hot to the touch.
- Infection Infections are unpredictable and need to be treated immediately with an antibiotic.
- Seroma This is another form of fluid build-up that can occur after surgery. Surgical drainage will be required.
Here at Form & Face, we provide patients with a
Lifetime followup guarantee
This means that we will be there for you far beyond the recovery period.
You can rest assured knowing that you can come to us about any
post-surgical concerns for the rest of your life.