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Body Lift

Body Lift

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What is Body Lift Surgery?

Body Lift Surgery is another way of describing the procedures that are involved when removing excess skin for men & women who have lost a significant amount of weight. It is also sometimes called Body Contouring Surgery or surgery after massive weight loss.

Many people who lose weight and in particular those who lose massive amounts of weight, end up with loose skin folds that cannot be resolved through exercise alone. As Dr Kumar often says, “Gym don’t cure Skin”.  These skin folds can affect your posture, cause skin chafing and lead patients to feel less satisfied with the results of their weight loss after bariatric surgery or other weight reduction efforts.

The final step in many patients weight loss journey is to see a Plastic Surgeon to reduce or remove unwanted skin folds, redundant skin as well as mal-distributed fatty tissue in areas of the body such as the waist, abdomen/torso, upper torso, back, breasts, face, neck, upper arms and thighs.

Key procedures for Body Lift (Body Contouring) surgery include:

  • Abdominoplasty/Extended abdominoplasty
  • Belt lipectomy ( Circumferential body lift)
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
  • Thigh Lift
  • Breast Reduction ( with or without fat grafting)

Dr Kumar is one of only a few plastic surgeons in Sydney who specialises purely in breast and body surgery and in particular, surgery after massive weight loss. Surgery on patients following massive weight loss brings has it’s own set of unique circumstances and requirements and Dr Kumar and his team are dedicated to working with you to ensure the most optimal results in the safest manner possible.

Am I a Good Candidate for Body Lift Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for body lift surgery in Sydney if you have one or more of the following:

  • You want to remove sagging or hanging skin to restore a firmer-looking body contour?
  • You suffer from body-confidence issues due to embarrassing or uncomfortable folds of redundant skin
  • You have realistic expectations about what Body Lift and Body Contouring Surgery can achieve
  • You understand that you will have scars in the treated areas
  • You have reached your desired weight goal and have been the same weight for the last 6 months
  • You suffer from recurring skin infections such as chaffing or intertrigo
  • You are uncomfortable and self-conscious in swimwear
  • You suffer from unpleasant body odour due to moisture trapped in the excess skin
  • You have concerns about intimacy due to current body contours

Benefits

Benefits

What are the Benefits of Body Lift (Body Contouring) Surgery in Sydney?

  • Firmer, lifted and more youthful body appearance
  • Removal of unwanted, excess skin
  • A firmer, more sculpted body contour
  • A potential improvement in confidence if you are self-conscious about the appearance of excess skin
  • Restoration of a more toned physique, which may help you gain confidence to wear clothes such as those with lower neck lines, shorter sleeves or more form fitt
  • Freedom of movement and the ability to return to daily physical activities or exercises

FAQ

FAQ

Common Questions about Body Lift (Body Contouring) Surgery in Sydney.

What Can I Expect During Surgery?

Anaesthesia

Body Lift surgery in Sydney, is performed under general anaesthesia and patients usually stay in hospital for a minimum of 3 nights. You stay could be longer if the procedure is combined with surgery in other areas. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is controlled with simple analgesia. Dr Kumar only performs this procedure under a general anaesthetic in accredited private hospitals to ensure maximal patient safety and comfort.

How long will my surgery take?

The exact procedure time will vary depending on the type of surgery performed. Some procedures are performed together while some are staged so that it may be 9-12 months before all your surgery is complete. A patient’s weight loss journey often takes approximately a year or more to achieve the weight loss goals they are looking for. It makes sense then that it may take just as long to remove all the excess skin that develops as a result of that weight loss.

Depending upon your individual needs and desired outcomes, Body Lift Surgery is entirely customised to your specific needs. Some separate individual procedures may be combined to allow for minimised recovery times and if applicable, this can also lower your theatre/hospital charges.

Dr Kumar will be advise you on your best surgical approach, and explore your options when it comes to combining Skin Reduction procedures.

What Are The Common Procedures Performed In Body Lift Surgery?

Some common procedures that may be part of your Body Lift (Body Contouring) Surgery include the following ( full details on these procedures are available on their individual pages) :

Circumferential Abdominoplasty (Belt Lipectomy)

  • For this procedure, an incision is made that spans the entire circumference of the torso/waistline
  • Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat and skin in both the front and back of the body
  • The muscles around your abdomen are tightened and a new opening for the belly button is the finishing touch.
  • This procedure benefits the abdomen, the mons, the outside thighs and the back and buttocks

Liposuction

  • Liposuction is used in Body Lift ( Body Contouring) surgery to reduce excess fatty tissue. This allows for an easier removal of skin, provides enough laxity to allow for the suturing of the wound at the end of the procedure and helps create the new contours that best suit your new shape.

Breast lift (with or without breast implants)

  • The type of Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery you need will depend on your level of Ptosis (Sag)
  • Your options may vary from a breast lift alone, a breast lift with implants or a breast lift wth fat grafting

Breast Reduction Surgery (Women or Men)

  • Different types of breast reduction techniques are required for men (Gynaecomastia Surgery/Male Breast Reduction) and Women (Reduction Mammoplasty)
  • Usually an incision will be made around the areola area and vertically from the areola to the inframammary fold ( breast crease)
  • Excess breast tissue, skin and fat are removed, and the nipples are repositioned as necessary and the breast is lifted
  • Liposuction may also be used to help reduce chest area skin folds and assist in giving you a pleasing breast shape

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

  • The Incision runs from the armpit area to variable lengths towards the elbow. It is rare for the incision to go beyond the elbow. The excess skin is reduced from the inner section of the arms with the aim for the scar to be well hidden in normal day to day activities
  • If the excess skin extends past the armpit and onto the chest wall, then the incision is extended to incorporate this and the procedure is called an Extended Brachioplasty.
  • Dr Kumar uses a unique technique to close the skin using dissolvable sutures followed by a special dressing over the incision. This means that there are no stitches to remove and you can continue daily activities such as showering in as little time as 48 hours after the surgery. This technique has also been shown to produce excellent scar quality once the areas have healed.
  • Liposuction is often used in combination with Brachioplasty surgery to reduce excess fatty tissue from the under and outer surfaces of the arm

Back Lift Surgery

  • Some patients require a lower or upper back lift. This procedure produces a slimmer, more defined contour to the back by removing excess or sagging skin
  • The incision for the upper back lift is made in your bra line, while the incision for the lower back lift is made on the back slightly above the buttocks
  • The lower back lift technique is often performed as part of a circumferential body lift ( belt lipectomy) but this technique can be performed on its own as well
  • The excess skin and fat that is removed is usually around the lower back and the buttocks or a lower back lift and the upper back and bra line area for an upper back lift.

Thigh Lift Surgery

  • The Incision runs from the groin area to variable lengths towards the knee along the midline of the inner thigh. It is rare for the incision to go beyond the knee. The excess skin is reduced from the inner section of the thighs with the aim for the scar to be well hidden in normal day to day activities
  • Dr Kumar uses a unique technique to close the skin using dissolvable sutures followed by a special dressing over the incision. This means that there are no stitches to remove and you can continue daily activities such as showering in as little time as 48 hours after the surgery. This technique has also been shown to produce excellent scar quality once the areas have healed.
  • Liposuction is used in combination with Thigh Lift Surgery to remove excess fat primarily from the inner and outer surfaces of the thigh and buttocks. Careful contouring of the underlying tissue allows for a natural, toned result.

Risks and Complications

The risks of this procedure are the cumulative risks of the individual procedures undertaken, but it should be noted that complications such as wound healing problems, infection and seroma formation are slightly higher than for the average cosmetic procedure.

The Risks Include:

BREAST COMPONENT
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Seroma accumulation under the breast
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Swelling and bruising around the breasts
  • Fat necrosis of the breast
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Temporary or permanent areas of numbness
  • Asymmetry of the breasts
  • Partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Need for further surgery to treat complications
  • Revision surgery to correct any unevenness between the two sides
ARM COMPONENT
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Temporary numbness around the incision sites and the inner aspect of the arm
  • Arm movement may be restricted
  • Rarely the skin may not heal and a skin graft may be required
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Seroma (excess fluid ) may accumulate under the skin
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars may form
ABDOMEN COMPONENT
  • Infection of the wound
  • Bleeding
  • Incision site pain
  • Haematoma (blood clot)
  • Skin/flap/umbilicus loss requiring a skin graft
  • Seroma (excessive accumulation of fluid) may occur under the incision site
  • Temporary or permanent numbness of the incision site and surrounds
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Short term nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scar
THIGH/LEG COMPONENT
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Temporary numbness around the incision sites and the inner aspect of the thigh
  • Leg movement may be restricted
  • Rarely the skin may not heal and a skin graft may be required
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Seroma (excess fluid ) may accumulate under the skin
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars may form

Recovery from Body Lift (Body Contouring Surgery)

The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedures along with individual factors such as health and lifestyle. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 4-6 weeks for recovery following your body lift surgery in Sydney.

You will be required to wear a garment that aids in the control of swelling and wound healing for 6 weeks following the procedure.

Most people are back at work from around 14 days post surgery if they don’t require a lot of manual labour. Driving can usually commence after seven days however, Dr Kumar will discuss this with you depending on your individual circumstances and procedures.

Scar maturation often takes up to 12 months or longer.

Maintaining your Body Lift Results

Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. Please keep in mind that your results from Body Lift Surgery in Sydney may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, early excessive activity, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). No two patients are the same and surgery results will vary from patient to patient. It is important to work together with Dr Kumar to ensure you get the most out of your surgery and results.

Remember:

  • Every patient is unique.
  • Surgery results will vary from patient to patient and change with time.
  • Skin may be stretched and become loose again if your weight fluctuates after your Skin Reduction procedures.
  • To maximise the longevity of your Skin Reduction Surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

GUIDE

Download Our Body Lift Guide

Download Our Body Lift (Body Contouring after weight loss Surgery) Guide

This complete guide to Body Lift Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Body Lift surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate
  • The surgical procedures available
  • Answers to our most frequently asked questions
  • Before and After Gallery

COST

Body Lift (Body Contouring) Surgery Cost

After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote specific to the procedures that you would like to have. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

We will also provide information on our Body Lift payment plan plus other different ways to pay for Body Lift surgery.

Can private health insurance be used?

Because of the number and complexity of the surgeries involved, a complete Body Lift can be costly. Body Lift (or Body Contouring) is a life-changing investment in the new you. If you are privately insured then you may be able to use this for all or a portion of the components of your body lift surgery in Sydney. Your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post operative stay may then be covered if you have the appropriate level of cover. Medicare and your private insurance may also contribute to Dr Kumar’s fees. You can call your health fund and see if you are covered using the MBS codes that will be included in your quote.

Some body lift patients have also been able to access their accumulated superannuation funds in order to assist with this life-changing operation. Our team will be able to provide you with some guidance on this and the steps required to become eligible. As with any large financial decision we strongly recommend that you consult an independent financial adviser before proceeding to ensure that it is the correct decision for you.

EXPERT

Meet The Expert

Dr Rohit Kumar is a fully certified specialist plastic surgeon. He specialises in helping patients attain their ideal breast and body shape. Whether it’s following pregnancy, after massive weight loss or just the rigors of life, Dr Kumar can help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted and along with that the confidence you may have lost. He brings over 15 years of experience to his practice and believes in creating beautiful natural results. Dr Kumar is highly sought after for his body contouring procedures which focus on areas such as the breasts, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and flanks – the areas that are most affected after losing a significant amount of weight. During your consultation, Dr Kumar will evaluate your needs and take the time to understand your main concerns before suggesting a surgical plan that is tailored specifically for you.

As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to provide exceptional results that will leave you feeling proud and confident in your own skin.