Body lift surgery is an operation which involves the removal of excess skin and soft tissue. It is most commonly performed on the abdomen and lower back areas. This surgery can involve lifting of the abdominal skin, tightening of the abdominal muscles, repositioning of the belly button and lifting and repositioning of the skin of the buttocks.
It is possible to undergo a full body lift surgery procedure whereby a number of individual procedures are performed as one operation. This type of surgery usually requires liposuction and skin removal techniques.
If you have excess skin as a result of weight loss, body lift surgery may be an option for you. Excess skin can cause discomfort and chafing, and it could even prevent you from wearing certain clothing. Body lift surgery can help remove this excess skin, as well as improve elasticity. It can help skin to look and feel smoother and more taut.
Aside from improving your physical health, undergoing body lift surgery can boost your confidence, which in turn can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.
Prior to your procedure, you will have a detailed consultation with one of our qualified surgeons. You will have the opportunity to highlight any problem areas and talk through the improvements you’d like to make. Your surgeon will also ask about your general health, including allergies, any medication you’re currently taking and any past procedures you may have had.
It’s likely the surgeon will perform a physical examination of your body. This will give them a clear understanding of your physique and what you’d like to achieve.
Your surgeon will help you gain a realistic expectation of the surgery and discuss the options that are available to you before agreeing upon a suitable procedure plan. Your consultation also provides you with a comfortable, safe space to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have regarding the procedure.
During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to tell you which liposuction and skin removal techniques will be used, and what you can expect in terms of your aftercare and recovery process. You will also be advised of any further testing or scans you may need ahead of the operation.
Body lift surgery is a major operation which is performed under general anaesthetic. The operation time will depend on the number and type of procedures you’re undergoing, but it’s likely this will take several hours.
When you arrive for your surgery, the areas that are being operated on will be cleaned and marked, and you will then be given your anaesthetic and sedation medication.
Body lift surgery can involve a number of individual procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift and buttock lift. Your surgeon will use specialist equipment and techniques in order to carry out each procedure effectively.
Once the surgery is complete, your incisions will be closed using stitches and bandaged up to support and protect the wound. It’s likely surgical drains will be put in place too. These allow fluid to flow out, reducing the chances of infection.
After your surgery, you will be monitored closely. As your anaesthetic wears off, you may find that you feel some pain and swelling around your incisions. You will be given medication to help relieve your discomfort. You may also find that you need to be mindful of your sleeping position to minimise the amount of pressure applied to your incisions.
It’s likely you will be required to stay in hospital, but the length of your stay will be determined by the extent of the surgery you have had. This will have been discussed with you at your consultation.
Once you are well enough, you will be allowed to go home. However, it’s important to note that you will not be able to drive immediately after your surgery, so you will need to organise alternative travel arrangements.
The length of time it takes you to recover from your body lift surgery will depend on the procedures you have had, but generally speaking, you can expect to need around six weeks of recovery time.
It’s likely you will need to take time off work to allow your wounds to fully heal. You may also be required to attend a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your recovery progress, and have any drains or stitches removed if needed.
As with any operation, there is an element of risk to undergoing body lift surgery. The most common complications include:
Uncommon side effects of this type of operation include:
If you’re interested in having a total body lift or you want to improve specific areas of your body, Manchester Private Hospital is here for you. Our team of highly qualified medical professionals are dedicated to providing you with outstanding care and respect.
From your initial consultation with one of our experienced surgeons to discussing your aftercare progress with your care nurse, we are with you every step of the way. You can trust you are in safe hands throughout the entire process.
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How long your body lift surgery will take will depend on the number and type of procedures you’re undergoing. However, as a guide, you can expect this operation to take around three hours to complete.
Yes, in most cases, the results of body lift surgery are permanent, but this can depend on your lifestyle. It’s important to stick to a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly after your operation. You should note that if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight following the procedure, you may struggle to maintain the results of your surgery.
Generally speaking, we recommend taking between two and five days off work following the operation. However, this length of time will depend on the extent of your procedure, your health and the type of job you have.
The cost of your body lift surgery will depend on the number and types of procedures you’re choosing to have during the operation. You will be able to discuss the cost of this operation and your finance options during your consultation appointment.
Ideally, you should be as close to your ideal body weight as possible before undergoing this procedure. Your weight should be stable for at least six months prior to your body lift surgery.
You will have scarring following your body lift surgery, but your surgeon will make every effort to ensure these scars are as minimal as possible. Once your wounds have healed, you should find that any scarring is barely noticeable.
Yes, it is possible to combine your body lift surgery with another procedure. For example, you may wish to also undergo a breast uplift. Your surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you during your consultation.
Our finance is available on all cosmetic surgery or non-surgical treatments with as little as £500 deposit required or even with no deposit required. With flexible finance options on offer, you have a choice to spread the costs of your surgery between 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months.
*Procedure prices are not fixed and may vary as procedure costs are tailored to individual requirements so vary from person to person. You will receive a guide price during your initial eConsult and a fixed price following your surgeon face to face consultation.