While losing weight has many health and wellbeing benefits, many people are left depressed and unhappy due to the resulting excess or sagging skin. This sagging skin is often accompanied by fat deposits and cellulite. The common areas that these deposits occur are in areas such as the mid-section, lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips.
A body lift surgical procedure removes the excess skin and fat, providing a solution to sagging or excess skin. Our experienced Gold Coast plastic surgeon Dr Dilip will assess your individual case and tailor the body lift procedure to suit your needs.
The precise body lift procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type, problem areas and the desired outcome. Generally, a body lift entails making an incision that follows the upper/inner thigh to the waistline. In more extensive body lift surgeries, the incision goes around the waist and lower back. Adjustments to the buttocks and thighs during a body lift procedure require an incision at the crease of the buttocks. Excess skin is removed, followed by the removal of underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled tighter and sutured into the new configuration. Liposuction can also be completed in conjunction with a body lift, to ensure the best possible result is achieved.
A body lift is a major surgical procedure and requires a significant amount of recovery time. Pain and discomfort are to be expected in the first week following the body lift procedure, which will be managed with pain medication. You will also be required to wear a compression garment after your body lift surgery.
It is recommended that patients take two to three weeks off of work and other strenuous commitments, to give the body adequate time to heal. It is usual that a patient can resume normal activities after 4 to 6 weeks. The majority of swelling after your body lift surgery should have subsided by the six-week mark, however in some cases it can last as long as three months. Dr Dilip Gahankari will discuss your surgical options and recovery times at your initial consultation.
The body lift surgery renders a result that is visible almost instantly, however swelling will be present up to three months after surgery. The final result of this procedure may take a few months to fully develop. Through the removal of fat and excess sagging skin, the area will be firmer, tighter and more youthful in appearance. Patients who have undergone this surgery require plenty of rest and limited movement. The scars resulting from the body lift procedure are permanent and can be quite extensive. Therefore, it is important that you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon that can carefully place the incisions to minimise their visibility.
Gold Coast body lift packages start from $20,000 + GST, based on a standard body lift procedure. This fee includes: surgical fees, theatre fees, anaesthetic fees, and post-operative follow up care. Prices are subject to individual assessment. Please phone 07 5539 4611 for details on a body lift on the Gold Coast.
*Initial complimentary consultation will be with our aesthetic nurse.
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