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Cosmetic Body Lift Surgery

Weight loss, whether achieved by proper nutrition and exercise or from other forms of medical treatment, undoubtedly results in many short and long term benefits for people of all ages.

However, upon achieving the desired weight loss goals many people find that the fit healthy body image they desire has not entirely materialised. It is not uncommon for dramatic weight loss to result in folds of loose, sagging skin, and in many cases body contour can appear irregular.

Body Lift surgery is able to reduce fat and skin that has developed in various areas of the body that is unable to be shifted with exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. The result of cosmetic body surgery is a smoother, more attractive shape which will aid in enhancing your body image and self-confidence.

The Best Candidates For Body Lift Surgery

The best candidates for a cosmetic surgery Body Lift are adults of any age whose weight loss has stabilised and who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness moving forward.

For many people, quite dramatic results can be achieved from professional surgical body contouring while others notice a subtle but shape defining difference that can be extremely satisfying.

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Planning For Cosmetic Body Lift Surgery

Having decided you would like to learn more about the potential benefits of Body Lift surgery, please feel free to make an appointment with Mr Howard Klein at his South Island Plastic Surgery Clinic for an in-depth discussion and evaluation regarding your suitability for this type of surgery.

This initial consultation will include taking into consideration your health and wellbeing as well as deciding which surgical techniques are the most appropriate for you based on your current lifestyle and body concerns.

Body Lifts are often performed in stages and may require multiple surgeries. A personalised surgical plan will be provided and discussed in detail during this session. This will include potential risks, the limitations of this type of surgery, type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.

It is important to disclose any previous medical conditions, complications and/or issues that you are aware of during this consultation and to advise us if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those around your expectations and concerns about the final results.

*Please be aware that in most cases, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of Body Lift surgery.

Where Is Body Lift Surgery Performed?

Body Lift procedures in NZ are performed in either a hospital outpatient facility or occasionally, the surgery may be done as an inpatient in a hospital, in which case you will stay in hospital for a day or two.

What Types Of Anesthesia Are Used?

Body Lift surgery will be performed using a general anesthesia, this means you will sleep through the entire operation.

What Are The Risks?

When performed by a qualified Plastic Surgeon, the various procedures carried out for Body Lift surgery are relatively straightforward. However ,as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with these procedures.

During the initial consultation when the procedure is explained in detail, this will include all of the potential risks associated with this type of cosmetic surgery as well as any potential complications and limitations.

Cosmetic Body Lift Surgical Procedures

The scope of each Body Lift is specifically designed to suit the individual during personal consultation with your surgeon. The specific requirements will depend on the areas of the body that are to be addressed.

Some common plastic surgery procedures that may be an included are:

  • Facelift. To reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.
  • Breast Lift. To correct sagging and flattened breasts.
  • Tummy Tuck. To correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.
  • Lower Body Lift. To correct the sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs.
  • Thigh Lift. To correct the sagging of outer and mid thighs.
  • Arm Lift. To correct the sagging of the upper arms.

All Body Lift surgery will require incisions in order to tighten and remove excess skin and fat deposits. In many cases these incisions may be fairly extensive. Incision length and patterns depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed.

Where possible these incisions will be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. The location and nature of the incisions required will be explained in depth during your pre-surgery consultation.

After Body Lift Surgery

It is likely you will feel tired and sore for several days following surgery, but expect to be up and about within 24 to 48 hours. Initial healing will include varying degrees of swelling at the incision sites. Any discomfort will be monitored and can be controlled by prescribed medication.

As an outpatient you will be discharged the same day of the operation and sent home. You will not be able to drive, so do arrange for transport and someone to be around to look after you for the first few days.

The skin will continue to heal for many weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines continue to improve. In many cases you will be instructed to avoid bending, straining and lifting for several days to weeks.

Getting Back To Normal After Body Lift Surgery

After surgery you should be able to return to work and normal activity after a few weeks as long as this does not include any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Particular attention must also be paid to sun protection until the healing process is fully complete. It may take a year or more for incision lines to refine and fade.

Your New Look

The results of a Body Lift are often visible immediately, however it may take as much as one or two years for the final results to become obvious. Visible scars are something you must accept from taking a surgical approach to achieving a body contour that matches your desired body weight and proportions.

The results of Body Lifting are generally long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose more firmness, however, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.