The emergence of Liposuction, ensures an alternative and a considerable reduction of the surgeries related to the elimination of fat.
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However, in the case of massive weight loss, the patient finds himself with a sagging and largely excess skin.The skin of the belly becomes slack and the buttocks are often flattened and sag. The only real possibility to treat the middle part of the body after massive slimming is the Body Lift. This technique is the conjunction of an Abdominoplasty, a Lumbar Surgery and a Liposuction of the area.
Are you a good candidate for a Body Lift?
The bodylift is suitable for any patient who had a massive weight loss (at least 30 kg) obtained by diet or bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric banding). Once its weight stabilizes, the patient becomes a good candidate for this surgery. He must nevertheless correct any nutritional and psychological disorders. In fact, massive weight loss is a real test for the body and the mental health. These patients have an important skin excess in the middle part of the body, sometimes with fat surplus (belly, hips, saddlebags). There may be a separation of the abdominal muscles that will need to be treated at the same time.
Bodylift , Procedure:
Before the date of the surgery, a preoperative assessment must be carried out in accordance with the prescriptions, and any anemia and food deficiency must be investigated and treated. It is also necessary to be sure of the stabilization of the weight for at least 6 months. It is strongly advised to stop smoking one month before and another month after surgery, because smoking increases the risk of postoperative complications and in particular of bad healing. In addition, medicines containing aspirin must not be consumed during the 10 days before surgery. In the operating room, the patient is first placed on the belly. The first stage of the surgery is the treatment of the lumbar region. Most frequently, the surgeon practices a Liposuction of the back and the saddlebags and then an excess skin resection resulting in a low lumbar scar in the form of a “string.”
Then the patient is put on the back to treat the abdominal area as a real Abdominoplasty with often an abdominal Lipoaspiration in complement, and possibly a treatment of the diastasis of the abdominal rectus and oblique muscles (important split of the abdominal muscles). This will leave a pubic scar. All the scars are hidden and only apparent behind underwear. The surgeon puts an end to his work by putting on a shaping bandage and a panty. The operation lasts 3 to 5 hours. It is practiced under general anesthesia, and requires hospitalization between 2 to 5 days.
Recovery and result:
After surgery, the patient should wear a support sheath day and night for a period of 4 weeks. The surgical follow-ups take the form of very bearable pains with a suitable treatment. The patient must stop from working between 2 and 4 weeks and must go back to physical activities only after 6 weeks. Also avoid exposing the scars to the sun and U.V for a period of 12 months. The final result of a Body Lift is visible from the first days but becomes stable after 4 months.
Body Lift is a process that involves a global treatment of the middle part of the body. This surgery is suitable for patients who have lost a lot of weight. This intervention is covered by social security after a request for prior agreement.