Achieve a complete body transformation with our body lift procedure.
Excess fat and skin can develop as a natural part of ageing, following pregnancy, or, most commonly, as the result of excessive weight loss.
What is a body lift?
A body lift doesn’t refer to a single procedure, but instead a combination of procedures, which work to slim, contour and tone the body shape. This combination will vary from case-to-case depending on the patient’s and desired results. An upper body lift can help to address back rolls and sagging underarms, where a lower body lift will help to recover the contour of your waistline, hips and buttocks.
A body lift may include the following procedures:
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Thigh lift
- Arm lift
- Lower body and buttock lift
- Upper body and back lift
For further information on this procedure and to find out which combination treatment is right for you, download our comprehensive body contouring guide.
Who can get a body lift?
The ideal candidate for a body lift treatment plan, offered at our North Shore, Norwest and Westmead clinic locations, is someone who has a good level of health and suffers from loose, excess fat and skin.
For suitable patients, undergoing a body lift can help restore a more appealing body contour and promote better health.
Body contouring results
As a result of reclaiming a more sleek body contour, patients have been known to find that they are more comfortable and pleased with their appearance in clothing, and notice positive repercussions throughout their lives. Due to AHPRA guidelines, we aren’t able to say that such procedures will have a positive effect on your psychological state of being, but it’s worth noting that past patients have reported increased psychological well-being in conjunction with enjoying the results of treatment.
Benefits of cosmetic surgery
In addition to the desired aesthetic transformation, there are several compelling medical reasons that one might choose to undergo a body lift. A body lift can help to:
- Minimise the occurrence of rashes and infections that can develop between folds of skin
- Make it much easier to maintain personal hygiene due to the elimination of skin folds that are difficult to clean and prone to harbouring bacteria.
- Assist in commitment to an exercise regime, by making physical activity much more comfortable without excess weight and folds of skin.
Every patient’s body lift surgery is an extremely personlised experience, based on the individuals unique requirements and desire outcome. Some patients may even have a treatment plan that will occur in stages, including several different procedures over an extended period of time. However, there are several commonalities in the procedure experience.
Before the procedure, all the planned incisions will be meticulously marked on your body and confirmed with you. The procedure will be performed under general anaesthesia, so you’ll be able to go to sleep and wake up with a completely transformed body. While you’re under anaesthesia, all of the planned incisions marks will be checked again to guarantee that we remove the pre-determined amount of skin and tissue.
Often, a body lift procedure will first include liposuction in order to break up fat and ensure the preservation of important nerves and lymphatic channels. The planned incisions will then be made and the excess fat and loose skin will be removed. Small drains will be placed and the incisions will be sewn up using dissolving sutures. Sterilised dressings will be applied to all suture locations as well as a surgical garment designed to apply light compression.
Post-surgery, Dr Reddy will come to check on you and ensure you’re comfortable and primed for your recovery.
In general, patients remain in the hospital for several days post-surgery in order to monitor the healing of the wounds and ensure that your recovery is on track. Before you’re discharged from the hospital, we’ll need to confirm you have enough mobility to function at home and effectively oversee your aftercare.
Before you leave the hospital, you will be provided with a detailed instruction plan for your recovery, including 24 hour contact details to ensure that you’re relaxed and supported throughout your recovery period.
About 5-7 days after being discharged from the hospital you will see Dr Reddy at our clinic, and again at regular intervals throughout your recovery period. During your first post-operative check-up, we will remove your dressings and advise you on how to tape the incision line. We will also advise the best practice to help minimise scarring. We do recommend that you continue to wear compression garments for an additional 6 weeks.
Further post-operative visits will continue until both Dr Reddy and yourself are fully satisfied with your results and level of recovery.
Please note: These follow-up visits will not incur a fee as they are included in the surgical fee.
We recommend that you avoid strenuous physical activity for roughly 4 weeks or operating a vehicle for 2 weeks following your body lift surgery. This will help to ensure you don’t exacerbate bleeding, swelling or bruising. Concurrently, we also recommend 3-4 weeks before returning back to work post-surgery.
Discomfort is common during this period and can range from minor to moderate, depending on the specific individual and the extent of the surgical alterations. Discomfort will be strongest during the 1 week post-surgery, but can persist for several weeks after that. Dr Reddy will prescribe medicine to help alleviate any discomfort.
Immediately following surgery, you will be able to see your new body shape, and the contour will be most evident once your dressings are removed. However, swelling and bruising will persist for several weeks. At 3-4 months after your operation, all swelling will have subsided and you will be able to see the final results of your operation.
A body lift is a moderate risk procedure. Although serious illness’ due to surgery are rare, all surgical procedures carry risks. These will be covered in detail with you during your consultation process.
There is a possibility that the incisions will be visible. Whether the incisions are visible or not will depend not only on where they are made, but the various factors that influence scar appearance. If you have excess skin removed on your arms, there will be a slightly visible scar on the underside of the arm. If you get excess skin removed around the abdomen, these can be concealed below the pant line. In your consultation, Dr Reddy will discuss where the incisions will be placed with you.
The contoured and tightened results will last for as long as you do not put on or lose a large amount of weight after the surgery.