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Body Lift FAQs or Surgery After Massive Weight Loss FAQs

A Body Lift surgery or a Massive Weight Loss Surgery is a life-changing surgical procedure. If you experience loose, saggy skin, uncomfortable skin folds with or without infections in those skin folds, or if you’ve lost a lot of weight thanks to a bariatric surgery you may want to consider a Body Lift surgical procedure.

At CocoRuby Plastic Surgery, we perform Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss in a professional and safe way. We do everything we can to minimise risks leaving you a happier, healthier person.

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About Weight Loss Plastic Surgery FAQs

How do I lose my saggy belly?

You can lose your saggy belly after a massive weight loss using a body lift surgery. Lower Body Lift done at Cocoruby Plastic Surgery Clinics is a proven and effective surgical procedure the focus on removing excess skin from the lower body parts.

How do you know if you should have a body lift?

  • You should have a body lift procedure if you:
    • Have recently had a massive weight lost,
    • Had a pregnancy or muliple pregnancies,
    • Have saggy skin on your upper arms, belly, hips, thighs or behind,
    • Have an ‘apron belly’,
    • Are unhappy with your body because of your exessive skin,
    • Or if you are shy to participate in social or intimate activities that expose your body and the extra skin you may have.

How much weight can you lose with a lower body lift?

  • It is important to understand that a lower body lift is NOT a weight loss surgery and that you should lose weight before this surgical procedure.
  • The excess skin you have after massive weight loss is what the surgeon will remove during the lower body lift.
  • The weight lost with a lower body lift will depend on the amount of loose skin.

What is a full-body lift called?

  • A full-body lift is also known as body plastic surgery.
  • It involves a number of procedures that combine lifting and tightening your entire body.
  • This surgical procedure removes unwanted skin and some fat deposits from your arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocs.

What is a Body Lift?

  • A body lift is a major surgical procedure that sculpts your body.
  • A body lift or a full body lift surgery removes unwanted skin, some fat deposits and tightens the remaining skin for a more fit and healthy look.

What is a 360 body lift?

  • A 360 body lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from your stomach, hips and back.
  • Another name for a 360 body lift is Belt Lipectomy.

What is a circumferential body lift?

  • A Circumferenctial body lift is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made around the entire waistline.
  • It addresses the problems of loose, saggy skin on the abdomen, the back and the hips.
  • It is a great solution if you have lost a lot of weight and want to restore the now loose skin to a firmer, tighter appearance.

What is a lower back lift?

  • A lower back lift is a surgery which removes excess skin and fat from the back, the hips and the buttocks.
  • Freeing you from extra saggy skin, it also helps shed those final few kilos of stubborn fat tissue and improves the looks of the lower back.

What is a Beltectomy?

  • Beltectomy is a major surgical procedure which removes extra skin and fat deposits from the lower backside and the hips.
  • Other names for a Beltectomy include;

What is a 360 tummy tuck?

A 360 tummy tuck or a 360 abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat around the entire circumference of the body.

What is a skin lift?

  • A skin lift is any sugery which removes extra skin folds to improve skin tightness and reduce any occurrences of ptosis or skin laxity.
  • It is commonly done on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, lower back, chest, breasts, neck, face and arms.

What does an upper body lift include?

  • An upper body lift is a surgical procedure that removes extra skin and some fat tissues from the upper back, the side of the chest or even the side of the body to improve skin elasticity.
  • It addresses the side-to-side skin laxity and is sometimes the recommended surgery after a massive weight loss.

What is included in a lower body lift?

  • A lower body lift, also known as belt lipectomy is a surgical procedure which combines the tummy tuck and a lower back lift.
  • It removes the excess skin and fatty tissues from the abdominal area and the lower back.

What does a 360 body lift do?

  • The 360 body lift removes the extra skin and fat from around the entire waistline.
  • The incision in a 360 body lift includes an incision around the whole circumference of your body.
  • It tightens and reshapes the mid-section.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a lower body lift?

  • The difference between a tummy tuck and a lower body lift is that of scope. While the tummy tuck surgical procedure removes saggy, loose skin and fat deposits from your abdomen only, the lower body lift removes the excess skin and fat from the stomach, and the back. You may be a great candidate for a tummy tuck after a weight loss, after multiple pregnancies, while a massive weight gain and weight loss would make you a suitable candidate for a lower body lift.

What is the difference between a belt lipectomy and a tummy tuck?

  • The difference between a belt lipectomy and a tummy tuck surgical procedure is in the body area from which lax skin is removed.
  • While a belt lipectomy removes excess skin in the belt area and covers the entire circumference of the body, only your abdomen is addressed in a tummy tuck surgical procedure. The incision is made below the beltline.

Preparing for a Whole Body Surgery FAQs

Am I the right Candidate for Body Lift surgery?

  • You may be the right candidate for a body lift surgery if you have:
    • Lost massive weight using diet and exercise,
    • Had bariatric surgery,
    • Had one or more pregnancies, and your tummy is lax,
    • An apron belly,
    • Difficulties doing daily activities,
    • Realistic expectations of the results that a whole body surgery can achieve.

How do I prepare my body for plastic surgery?

  • Preparing your body for a body lift consists of losing as much weight as you can.
  • Getting as close to your desired weight and BMI are crucial for a successful body lift and a easy recovery.
  • Ideally speaking, losing approximately 20-30 kilos of fat makes you a possible candidate for a body lift surgery, and so does a BMI of 30 or lower.
  • Consult your specialised plastic surgeon for more information and a detailed evaluation of your case.

How do I prepare for a lower body lift?

  • You can prepare for a body lift by losing as much weight as you can before the procedure itself.
  • Ideally you should have a BMI of 30 or lower, although operating on patients with a BMI of over 30 is not uncommon.
  • You should also maintain a healthy diet and take vitamin supplements for at least two weeks before the procedure to ensure that your body is in the best shape it can be in.
  • Additionally, you should take care of any errands before the procedure since you will not be able to resume all your daily activities for a considerable period.
  • Make sure your pantry is full, and there is somebody to offer a helping hand for the first few days after the procedure. Do all the lab work that you need to and stop smoking if you are a smoker.

How do I prepare for an upper-body lift?

  • Upper-body lift procedure preparation may include a healthy diet, moderate physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. This will assist your immune system to be in good condition and that your recovery is as fast as your body allows it to be.
  • Ensure to do all the blood work you need to do and stay away from any less-than-healthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Do I need to diet before a body lift?

  • Yes, you should diet before a body lift.
  • A body lift is a surgical procedure that can remove some fat tissue with the excess skin trimmed, but a body lift is no weight loss solution.
  • Make sure to be as close to the desired weight as you can before the procedure itself.

Do you lose weight easier before or after a body lift?

  • A body lift removes some fat tissue so, in theory, gaining weight should be more difficult after a body lift.
  • Many people who undergo this treatment say that it is easier to MAINTAIN a healthy, fit figure after a body lift.

How much weight should I lose before body lift?

  • Losing anywhere between 18 and 30 kilos will create the skin laxity necessary for a body lift surgery.
  • In reality, you should lose as much as you can to get as close as possible to the weight you desire.

What should I bring to a body lift surgery?

  • The things you should bring to your body lift surgery include:
    • Any lab results that you have agreed with your doctor you would bring,
    • Your compression garment,
    • Any medication you take daily,
    • Loose and comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and put back on,
    • Anything that may help your time in hospital more enjoyable. For example; a cell phone, a tablet, magazine, book etc.

What do I need to wear to a body lift surgery?

  • As above, you should wear loose, comfortable clothes for a body lift surgery.
  • The clothes should be clean and easy to take off and put back on.

Full Body Surgery Procedure FAQs

What’s involved in a body lift?

  • A body lift removes excess skin and some fat deposits from one or more of the following areas:
    • Thighs,
    • Buttocks
    • Tummy
    • Hips
    • Lower back
    • Upper back
    • Arms.
  • During the procedure, you will generally be under general anaesthesia, although a combination of local anaesthesia and sedation is also possible.
  • Your specialised plastic surgeon will make incisions, remove some of the fat tissues, stretch the excess skin and trim any lax skin.
  • After that, the surgeon will pull together the remaining skin and close it with sutures.

Is fat removed in body lift surgery?

  • Body lift surgery may remove some fat from the body, however it is not a weight loss solution.
  • The focus of Body lift surgery is to remove large extra skin folds after massive weight loss.

How long does a body lift take?

  • An upper body lift may take a few hours and an overnight stay in the hospital.
  • A lower body lift generally takes between 4-7 hours and demands a hospital stay.
  • A full-body lift can take several hours, depending on your case and desired effects.

How long does a full-body lift take?

  • A full-body lift is a combination of a lower and upper body lift and, in general, takes several hours.
  • This is a major surgical procedure, and its length depends on the severity and the volume of the skin your surgeon plans on removing.
  • Any unforeseen events in a surgical theatre may prolong the procedure.

Will I be asleep in body lift surgery?

  • In general, a body lift surgery is done in general anaesthesia.

Body Lift Recovery FAQs – Questions about Body Lift Recovery

What is the recovery time for a body lift?

  • Most people need around four to six weeks to recover from a body lift.
  • This may seem long compared to other plastic surgery procedures, but the scope of the surgical procedure is large, and your body needs time to heal.
  • After the two weeks post-op, you will be able to return to some of your daily duties.
  • You will be able to gradually resume non-strenuous activities under the guide of your surgeon.

How long does it take to recover from a full-body lift?

  • It can take anywhere between four and six weeks to recover from a full-body lift.
  • During this period, almost all of the swelling will disapate and you will gradually return to your daily activities.
  • Your recovery period may be longer, depending on your health, age and lifestyle choices.

How do you sleep after a lower body lift?

  • During the first few weeks, you should sleep propped up on you back.
  • Bending your legs slightly at the hips can help ensure that the back area is not under too much tension.
  • You should get plenty of sleep during the recovery stages, and you should make sure there are no stressors.
  • The above helps ensure a quick and good recovery.

How long do you wear a compression garment after a lower body lift?

  • You should wear the compression garment for as long as your surgeon deems it necessary.
  • In general, during the first six weeks, the compression garment should stay on day and night.
  • After this period, you may take it off occasionally to have a quick shower and wash it, but be careful not to leave it off for too long since the swelling may increase.
  • In general, you should wear the compression garment for approximately six weeks after the surgery.

Do compression garments help tighten skin?

  • Compression garments do not help tighten the skin. However, they help keep the skin in place, ensure better healing, smaller scars, and a better-sculpted figure after the recovery period is finished.
  • Compression garments also considerably reduce swelling and discomfort during the recovery period.

How long after a body lift surgery can I stand up straight?

  • You should be able to stand up straight one week after the surgery.
  • However, this time varies from patient to patient as everybody is different.

Body Lift Concerns FAQs

Will I have loose skin if I lose 20kg?

  • Yes, you will have loose skin if you lose 20kgs.
  • The skin is an elastic organ that can get tighter as you lose weight, but the skin can only get so tight on its own.
  • Your surgeon can remove any excess skin, skin folds, saggy skin or an apron belly.

How do you prevent saggy skin when losing weight?

  • Keeping your skin well moistured and healthy will help the skin retain its elasticity.
  • You should note that the skin is only elastic to a degree and, when you lose massive amounts of weight it may not fully restore its former shape and size.

How safe is skin removal surgery?

  • If skin removal surgery is done in sanitary, safe conditions by a certified specialised plastic surgeon, it is generally a safe procedure.
  • A slight possibility of discomfort and complications exists, so make sure to answer all your specialised plastic surgeon’s questions as precisely and as truthfully as you possibly can.

Is a body lift surgery safe?

  • All surgical procedures carry some risk.
  • You should make sure to minimise this risk by contacting a specialised plastic surgeon with ample experience, a good support team and a great surgical theatre.
  • Post-op, you should also follow all your doctor’s recommendations. Make sure that you give your body sufficient time and resources to heal on its own.

How painful is a body lift?

  • The pain will be its peak during the first few days after the surgery and will slowly subside as time passes.
  • Any pain you experience can be managed with pain relievers.
  • During your recovery, take pain relievers as instructed by your specialised plastic surgeon.
  • Rest is also important during your recovery, as it helps speed up the healing process.

How painful is a lower body lift?

  • Lower body lift is a procedure that results in manageable pain during the recovery period.
  • Take pain relievers as instructed by your surgeon and avoid too much movement during the first week post-op.
  • By the end of the first week, most of the pain will dissipate.

Body Lift Funding FAQs

Will insurance cover a body lift?

  • Your insurance may be able to cover your body lift in the case that it is deemed a medical necessity.
  • In this case, you can also expect a Medicare rebate of around AUD 400-800.
  • Plastic surgery is considered a medical necessity if it improves the quality of life and enables you to partake in daily activities, that you could not do before.

Is a body lift covered by insurance?

  • Yes, a body lift is covered by insurance if your doctor deems it a medical necessity.
  • The insurance will most likely not cover the full cost of your surgery. In other words, you will still have out of pocket costs.

Does insurance cover loose skin surgery?

  • Insurance may cover loose skin surgery if;
    • It significantly improves the quality of your life
    • You have mobility issues
    • Frequent skin infections
    • Or social problems due to the laxity of your skin.

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Last updated: 22/05/2022

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