Body lift – body lift operation after massive weight loss
After successful weight reduction, excess body tissue is often left on the upper arms, stomach, upper thighs, back and buttocks and the shape of the breasts may become less attractive. The skin will have lost much of its elasticity and even with sport, massage or liposuction, these “problem areas” cannot be eliminated.
In the past the various problem areas were tackled in individual operations, such as a tummy tuck, upper thigh lift, buttock lift or hip lift for the lower torso and a breast reduction and upper arm reduction for the upper torso.
In modern body lift procedures using the Lockwood technique, several of these problem zones are treated in combination. Thus in a lower body lift 6 zones are treated (buttocks, abdomen, back, flanks, upper and lower thighs) and in an upper body lift 2 zones (upper arm, chest), resulting in an improvement in body contour and skin quality.
Who is the ideal candidate for a body lift?
You should have already reached your target weight and this should have remained constant for a period of 6 months. Your body mass index should be below 30 and in the most favourable cases, the weight loss has produced a considerable reduction in the BMI. Many patients have lost weight due to a gastric band, a stomach bypass or a stomach reduction operation. Checks must be carried out before the operation to ensure that blood levels, iron content, minerals and vitamins are within the normal range. Contra-indications for an operation are an Hb level below 10 %, a BMI > 32, nicotine abuse (> 15 cigarettes per day), unrealistic expectations, psychological abnormality or deep vein thrombosis in the past.
Before the planned operative procedure you should be in the best possible health. If you take any medicines regularly, you should discuss this in detail with your surgeon. In addition, aspirin or other medication containing aspirin should not be taken for a period of 14 days prior to the operation.