Body Lift Surgery With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
Lack of exercise plus unhealthy eating habits ultimately lead to weight gain. This scenario can continue for years or even decades before action is taken to shed the kilos. The health benefits of exercise and diet can then be appreciated, but the physical signs of dramatic weight loss will unfortunately remain in the form of sagging, dimpled skin or irregular body shape. In situations where your target weight has been achieved through diet and exercise, a body lift is the next step in reducing unwanted fat and loose, sagging skin.
The elasticity of skin varies from person to person. Some people bounce back into shape seemingly at will, while others embark on extreme diets and vigorous exercise with little to show for their efforts. Unsatisfactory body shape is also influenced by genetics, ageing, pregnancy, sun damage, illness… and the list goes on. A body lift is recommended for people who are dedicated to maintaining a reasonable level of fitness and who are determined to modify bad habits that cause weight gain.
THE BENEFITS OF BODY LIFT SURGERY
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Australians is on the rise, leading to a higher risk of developing many chronic conditions.
Fortunately, many Australians are fighting back and losing weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. People who lose small amounts of weight and have good skin quality and elasticity often find that their skin can ‘spring back’ and conform to their new shape.
Patients who undergo large changes in weight may have a different story. These patients feel significantly better, but may be left with large amounts of loose, excess skin that has lost its elastic potential. It can be frustrating to feel that you’ve done so much for your health and don’t have the aesthetic benefits to show for it.
A body lift is a comprehensive procedure designed to sculpt and tighten the region from the midsection to the upper thighs. The benefits yielded by this procedure depend on your unique needs and desired outcomes. Generally speaking, a body lift can treat the following concerns in the abdomen, sides, back, buttocks, hips and upper thighs:
- Loose or sagging skin
- Skin folds that are causing discomfort or irritation
- Overhanging skin that restricts mobility or clothing choices
- Stubborn fat that is unresponsive to exercise and dieting
Dr Choy tailors each body lift surgery so that patients can attain optimal improvement in their abdominal profile and curves of their lower body.
BODY LIFT CANDIDATES
Every year, thousands of patients undergo body lift surgery and are pleased with the results. This procedure is recommended for those who have achieved a healthy weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, and who now want to address excess skin and fat in the midsection, relaxed abdominal wall muscles, and loose, wrinkled skin along the thighs and buttocks.
To be considered a candidate for body lift surgery, you should meet the following requirements:
- Your weight has been stable for at least six months and you do not anticipate further weight loss
- You are comfortable having significant scarring
- You do not smoke or are willing to quit to reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery
- You are in overall good health without medical conditions that could impede healing or increase the risks associated with the procedure
- You have a positive attitude, patience and realistic expectations
Please keep in mind that no body contouring procedure, including body lift surgery, is a weight-loss operation. The best candidates have already reached their goal weight and maintained it for at least half a year, but have excess skin that is stubborn no matter how much exercising and dieting is done. BMI must be within a safe range.
If you still want to lose a significant amount of weight, Dr Choy can make recommendations to help you reach your goals and qualify for body lift surgery.
WHAT AREAS ARE TREATED WITH A BODY LIFT?
This will be dependent on individual requirements for removal of fat and flab. For some people, a body lift will primarily aim to shed fat from the abdomen, however, the procedure can also tighten and shape the sides (love handles), back, thighs, hips and buttocks. Complementary procedures include liposuction, facelift, arm lift and breast lift, and anywhere else where skin and fatty tissue need removing or restoring for a toned and balanced result. In other words, a body lift can focus on isolated problem areas or be a complete restoration from head to toe.
THE BODY LIFT CONSULTATION
Dr Ellis Choy is a qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon with experience treating all areas of the body. A private and confidential consultation with him will determine your skin tone, fatty problem areas and general health. He will discuss your goals, provide realistic expectations and assist by formulating a surgical plan aimed at achieving outstanding results.
Dr Choy understands the concerns of prospective body lift patients, along with the need for a successful and comfortable recovery. Most body lift patients desire a return to healthy balance and activities that have been neglected for years. In the hands of an expert surgeon, like Dr Choy, these goals are realistic and attainable.
An important part of your consultation with Dr Choy is the disclosure of any factors that could impact negatively on your surgical outcome, such as smoking, medications and other drugs, the use of vitamins, and all previous surgeries.
Once he has a thorough understanding of your goals and health status, Dr Choy will discuss your surgical options and recommend a treatment plan. He will also discuss procedural details, the use of anaesthesia during your procedure, expected recovery and anticipated scar patterns. Dr Choy will make professional recommendations while using your personal goals and preferences to guide decision making.
THE BODY LIFT SURGERY
Your personalised surgical procedure with Dr Choy is designed to achieve the best possible results, but there are limitations for every type of surgery. A body lift will immediately remove symptoms of physical neglect and natural ageing, while ongoing improvement is greatly assisted by exercise and appropriate lifestyle habits post-operation.
In cases where a large amount of sagging skin is to be removed, there will be a number of incisions required. Fortunately, Dr Choy has the surgical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology to ensure they are concealed as discreetly as possible, even when you wear swimsuits or revealing clothing. Cosmetic and plastic surgery has evolved to a fine art during recent years, and Dr Choy is at the forefront of cutting-edge techniques that elevate his results.
The body lift procedure takes place in a hospital environment under general anaesthesia. Depending on the number of incisions and the amount of skin to be removed, the operation can take several hours. You will then be required to remain in hospital for a few days during the initial recovery period for monitoring purposes. Complications are rare and well-trained medical staff will be on hand to assist with dressings, surgical tape, fluid drains and even emotional support and encouragement.
As a patient of Dr Choy, you are not alone. He is accessible and available for advice and encouragement every step of the way so you can rest assured that recovery, although slow at first, will be ongoing and exciting.
BODY LIFT COMPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES
If you are planning a body lift, you may consider including one or more of the following complementary procedures in your transformation:
Many patients benefit from combining liposuction with a lower body lift to achieve the best possible shape. Liposuction can smooth and contour areas beyond the effects of the body lift alone.
Patients who desire additional abdominal contouring or correction of weak or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) can combine the lower body lift with abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck.
An arm lift addresses excess skin and fat in the underside of the upper arms. This gives the upper body a more toned and proportionate appearance to match the new lower body contours provided by the body lift.
A breast lift revitalises the upper torso by creating firmer and more attractively positioned breasts. This procedure helps address excess skin left by massive weight loss, pregnancy or ageing.
Even after significant weight loss, the breasts may be disproportionately large and heavy. This creates both physical and emotional discomfort that can be alleviated by breast reduction surgery.
The incision used for body lift leaves a noticeable scar that can be improved with various scar reduction techniques, including laser resurfacing, microneedling and energy treatments.
RECOVERY FROM BODY LIFT SURGERY
Improvements will immediately be noticeable, especially the weight loss and improved body shape. Your skin will heal over several weeks with diminished swelling and gradual lightening of scars. Surgical drains will be placed to remove excess fluid that accumulates within the incisions. You will wear a compression garment to control swelling, support your tissues as they heal and ensure the smoothest result.
It’s important to prepare for your return home by pre-ordering any supplies you require, arranging your house for comfort and convenience, and organising a lift home by a family member or friend. It’s a good idea if this person can stay with you for a few days during initial recovery to assist with any needs.
Comfort and recovery is the priority, and Dr Choy can prescribe suitable pain relief medication to ease any discomfort you may have. Return to work should be delayed for several weeks and any extended lifting, stretching or exercise should be avoided. Full healing of the incisions may take four weeks or longer. Plan to take two to three weeks off work, restrict normal activities for four to six weeks, and wait six to eight weeks before resuming exercise.
BODY LIFT RESULTS & ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
External appearances are usually the motivation for undergoing a body lift, but improved appearance, although greatly welcomed, is only part of the overall benefit. The removal of flab and fat will immediately resolve strain on ligaments and joints caused by excess weight, and this will assist with your renewed fitness program. Self-confidence, increased opportunities and work options, greater energy, vitality and intimacy are all commonly experienced by body lift patients.
Acceptance of some visible scarring is necessary, although this will lighten over time. Natural ageing will also continue, but your body lift will provide an opportunity to get in shape, stay in shape and enjoy life to its full potential.
Results from a body lift are long lasting, and in some senses they are permanent. The excess fat cells and skin that are removed will not grow back. However, if you gain weight in the future, the fat cells that remain can expand and your skin can stretch. It’s important to maintain a good diet and exercise program to sustain your results, as well as to lead the healthiest life possible.
REQUEST A CONSULTATION FOR SYDNEY BODY LIFT SURGERY
You deserve to live with confidence. If you have excess skin and sagging folds in the mid and/or lower areas of your body, you may be a candidate for a body lift. Many patients feel it is one of the most valuable and rewarding elective procedures offered today.
As a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Choy has dedicated his career to helping people of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and backgrounds look and feel their best. He and his team are proud to offer exceptional levels of care and experience and take great pride in helping patients achieve their goals. Contact us today for a consultation with Dr Choy and allow him to go over this life-changing procedure with you.