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Lower Body Lift In Houston Texas

Lower Body Lift Benefits/Advantages/Options

  • Multiple areas (buttocks, thighs, possibly abdomen) addressed in one single operation
  • Tightening extends lower in the back, side and front of thighs than other circumferential excisional procedures
  • Can be combined with breast surgery or arm contouring procedures
  • Can be combined with liposuction in selected areas

Other Considerations of Lower Body Lift Surgery

Since the operation achieves tightening of the lower body by excising loose tissue (skin and fat), the lower body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to their desired or ideal body weight as possible. If, for example, the patient has tightening of their lower body and then loses weight, the tightened skin will loosen and become saggy. Conversely, post operative weight gain will either stretch the skin which has been tightened or undo the improvements of the body lift.

Lower Body Lift Surgery Risks/Complications/Patient Safety

  • Seromas (collections of fluid below the skin) may require the use of drains
  • Delayed healing from small separations in the incision closure in areas of high tension and stretch
  • Slight asymmetries may occur in spite of efforts to balance skin and fat removal
  • Bleeding may lead to bruising, but it is very rare to require transfusions
  • Blood clots to the lung (pulmonary emboli) are rare. Sequential compression devices (SCD’s) on the calves during surgery has significantly lessened the incidence in body contouring procedures
  • Surgical operating time and duration may last six hours or more for the body lift. Measures are taken to warm the patient carefully during surgery. Medical conditions are addressed preoperatively to ensure the safety of the patient for such durations.

Lower Body Lift Recovery Process

Surgical drains are placed to remove fluid which accumulates within the incisions. The amount of fluid is measured by the patient on a daily basis. Once the output falls low enough arrangements are made for removal of the drain in an office outpatient setting. Drains typically remain in place two to three weeks, but may be left longer.

Sutures in the incision closure may require removal. This typically occurs around two weeks after surgery, and this, too, is done in an office as an outpatient treatment. Compression garments may be placed on the patient to control swelling, to support the suspended tissues, and to smooth and flatten the skin. Placement can occur at the time of surgery, or later, at the surgeon’s discretion.

Activity is determined by the progress of the healing of the incision. Patients are encouraged to walk the day after surgery. Once the drains are removed, movement is easier. As a patient you would be admitted to the hospital after surgery. You may stay a couple of days to learn care of their drains and feel comfortable in walking and moving. Once comfortable with oral pain medications, you would be discharged. Usually resumption of normal activities can occur four to six weeks after surgery.

Lower Body Lift Frequently Asked Questions

Will lower body lift surgery be painful?
For the most part, pain is controlled by oral pain medications. The first day of surgery, you may require injections or intravenous pain medications, but usually pain pills satisfactorily relieve discomfort after that.

Will there be scarring from body lift surgery?
There will be a scar along the incision. It will be as thin as your surgeon can make it, using multiple layers of sutures to prevent spreading. However, there will always be some evidence of the surgical incision. Your surgeon may be able to show you pictures of the scar locations, as an example.

What are some typical short-term side effects from body contouring surgery?
Numbness or decreased sensation can occur in the upper buttocks or thighs and in the lower abdomen (if the abdomen is included in the body lift surgery) Seromas, collections of fluid (serum) under the skin may occur even after drain removal. These may require removal by aspiration in the office using a syringe. Swelling may require the use of compression garments around the waist and thighs for four to six weeks after surgery.

What type of anesthesia will be used for body lift surgery?
Body lift surgery is typically performed under a general anesthesia. In this type of surgery, you would be put to sleep with an intravenous sedative. After you are asleep, a breathing tube would be placed in your mouth to ensure that the airway is secure during the position changes necessary during the surgical body lift procedure.

*Content Provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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