Mention the word “facelift,” and most people—men and women alike—will know what the procedure entails. Some may even know the technical term for this procedure, which is rhytidectomy. However, utter the words “body lift,” and people will likely respond with a quizzical look on their faces.
Body lift surgery bears a few similarities with facelift as both share the same purpose: to improve the appearance of the patient. However, whereas a facelift primarily targets signs of aging like wrinkles and lines, a body lift procedure primarily focuses on excess fat and sagging skin after weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or natural means like a good amount of diet and exercise. A body lift surgery is typically performed in three stages under general anesthesia.
Under the first two stages, a patient’s unsightly fat and skin in the lower back, hips, thighs, and buttocks are removed. During the third stage, a patient’s abdominal area is the primary focus, usually through a tummy tuck procedure which aims to remove excess fat and skin and to tighten muscles in the abdominal wall.
The third stage of a body lift also aims to remove excess fat and skin in the upper arms and other areas which have lost their elasticity after the weight loss. After the surgery, a patient can expect to have a toned and well-contoured body. However, in some cases, breast enhancement surgery could also be recommended to make the breasts firm and shapely.