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Upper body lift surgery removes the extra skin of the upper back region that extends to the sides of the chest. It is performed on the patients who have lost significant weight and still have sagging skin in the upper body. The upper body lift tightens the loose skin of the back and improves the appearance of skin folds on the back. In women, this procedure can be performed with a breast lift to rejuvenate the appearance of the complete upper body.
Lower body lift procedure improves the aesthetic appearance of lower body parts including lower abdomen, waist, groin, thighs, and buttocks. The procedure is performed on the patients who have loose saggy skin in the lower body. It can be due to pregnancy or massive weight loss. A lower body lift surgery improves the contours and tone of the lower body. It removes the extra skin and tightens the loose muscles.
Procedure for upper and lower body lift surgery is the same only the location and pattern of the incision are different. The pattern of incision is usually discussed and planned with the patient during the consultation. General anesthesia is given to make you feel comfortable during the procedure. Incisions patterns depend on the location and amount of excess fat and skin. In a lower body lift, the incision is usually made around the trunk above the pubic area. In upper body lift surgery, the incision is made along the bra line or both sides of mid-back. Then your surgeon removes the excess skin and the remaining skin is brought to its new position. Underlying muscles are tightened to give a firmer appearance to your skin. The incisions are closed with stitches and provided additional support with skin adhesive and surgical tape. Then the drains may be placed temporarily to drain the excess fluid.
Before the surgery:
When you consult a surgeon for an upper or lower or complete body lift procedure, he/she will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your body. Discuss the expectations and complications of the procedure. Tell the surgeon about your concerns and particular goals. Tell your surgeon about your medical history, current health conditions, and medications. Your surgeon may ask you to avoid smoking and alcohol for a week before the procedure. Don’t take certain medications suggested by your surgeon because these may interfere with the healing process. Eat a proper healthy diet. Avoid sun exposure and use a good sunscreen. Follow the instructions given by your surgeon.
You can walk immediately when you wake up after the procedure. You may have some pain, swelling, and redness in the treated area. You have to wear a compression garment to control swelling, support the suspended tissues and to flatten the skin. You can go home the same day after the surgery. They will tell you how to take care of your drains and incisions before you leave for home. Your surgeon will tell you everything about how to sleep, minimize the stress on your incisions and what to eat. They may prescribe some medications to manage pain and swelling. Follow the post-care instructions for better healing.
You can perform normal activities within a week. Don’t do any activity that puts pressure on your incisions. The swelling will disappear in a few weeks and you can resume your work and normal life within 10 days after the procedure. Results can be noticed immediately after the procedure. But the final results may take around a year to be completely visible. Now you have a permanently contoured body.
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Usually, the cost of upper/lower body lift in India is affordable than other countries ranging between Rs. 50000 to Rs. 400000. The exact cost may vary depending on the facilities provided, the experience of the surgeon and the city.
If you have significant weight loss due to dieting or surgery if you have thin layers of fat in upper back, abdomen, waist or buttock area if the sagging skin in your body is restricting your mobility or making you uncomfortable with your body and if you are feeling low because of hanging skin in your body, you should consider an upper/body lift.
For a lower body lift surgery, the scars will be around the lower trunk. The scar is placed just above the pubic area and extends towards the hip bones. Usually, the scars will be visible for years and then these will get fade over time. Lower body lift scars are easily hidden under the clothes.
The patient may experience some pain and swelling in the treated area for 2 to 3 days after the surgery. It is common and it can be relieved with medication. Most patients get back to their routine life within 5 days. The patient should avoid vigorous activities for at least 10 days after the procedure. Complete recovery may take around 10 days.
You can experience the change in your shape immediately after the procedure. Once the swelling subsides, gradually you can notice the true outcomes. Complete results may be visible gradually within a year.
Results of an upper/lower body lift surgery are permanent. The improved shape and contouring achieved by the procedure is permanent. The connective tissues and your skin may become loose and saggy gradually as you age.
Significant complications are very rare because body lift procedures are very safe. Some potential side effects include severe pain, infection, bleeding, change in sensation, scarring, an allergic reaction, and unsatisfactory results. These complications may occur if the procedure is performed by the untrained surgeon.