A Complete Body Lift includes any such procedures that enhance the body contour like the arms (Arm lift), the thighs (Thigh lift), the buttock (Buttock lift) and the abdomen (Tummy Tuck).
Like the face, the remainder of the body suffers the consequences of time, gravity and in some cases significant weight loss.
A complete body lift is a very powerful body-rejuvenating procedure, typically performed to remove excess skin following massive weight loss or to improve the results of gastric bypass, panniculectomy, or liposuction.
Patients who have had gastric bypass, Lap-Band, or other gastric restrictive procedures often require a dramatic body contouring to remove excess skin on several areas of the body, including:
• Facelift: to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.
• Breast lift: to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over the abdomen.
• Lower body lift: to correct sagging of the abdomen and buttocks.
• Thigh lift: to correct sagging of the inner, outer and mid thigh.
• Brachioplasty / Arm Lift: to correct sagging of the upper arms.
Complete body lift can also be performed to fight the effects of aging and childbearing, including excess skin, cellulite, and sagging fatty tissue.
” …the life changing rewards for patients, both functionally and aesthetically, make body lift surgery among the most satisfying of all the procedures performed by plastic surgeons.” – Dra. Monica Rivera.
Medical Editor, Salud y Vida: (International Press).
• To have a more youthful appearance and thinner contour to the arms.
• To remove the excess skin that make your arms look ‘sagging’.
• To forget about flabbiness and extra skin, especially in the upper inner arms.
• To forget about folds of skin of the upper chest near the armpit, seen especially when the arms are down at the sides.
The incision may be completely concealed within the armpit, or down the inside of the arm in an inconspicuous location for a variable length depending on how much skin and where the excess is.
Our surgeons approach arm lifts to meet your specific needs. This means adequately assessing the excess skin and excess fat (if any is present). Each of these components will determine which procedure is best for you. The incisions required are determined by the severity of your condition. Minimal skin excess may be treated with an incision in the armpit alone. Moderate laxity is treated with an incision from the armpit to the elbow.
In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.
Arm lift surgery can be combined with other plastic surgical procedures.
Local anaesthesia and complementary sedation, or general anaesthesia.
Between 1H30 and 2 hours.
One or two days, depends on the surgeon.
Some grogginess are present which persists for about a week.
You can resume many activities within the first week, and most by at least three weeks.
Dressings and a light compression garment is used for several days.
There is only minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and easily controlled by medications.
The stitches are removed at ten days.
Swelling is mild to moderate and peaks at two to three days then disappear rapidly over the next three weeks.
Minimal or no bruising is the usual.
The resulting scars run from the elbow to the armpit, along the interior area of each arm.
Following arm lift surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many also find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.
A complete body lift usually involves several areas such as abdomen (tummy tuck) Thighs (inner thigh lift), Arms (arm lift or brachioplasty), Breast lift (mastoplexy), Buttocks, and Neck Lift.
Body Lift is a major surgical procedure and requires significant recovery time.
Most patients remain in the hospital for two to four nights.
Pain and discomfort are first managed with intravenous or intramuscular medications, and later with oral pain medication.
Patients dislike their scars for a number of reasons. Our medical team will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that body lift scars are permanent. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.
Our health care specialists have many tools at their disposal to reduce and treat scars from every part of the body through special scar removal techniques.
After your surgery we will offer you a free consultation with one of our health care specialists in laser treatment.
Laser treatment will help you to reduce the appearance of scars by 70 to 80 percent and prevent their recurrence.
According to your skin quality, the laser scar removal technique will prevent the appearance of keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, or atrophic scars, which have the following characteristics:
• Keloid Scarring: Firm, raised, and reddish-purple scars that extend beyond the initial wound area and builds over time.
• Hypertrophic Scarring: Firm, raised, and pink scars that remain within the initial wound area and possibly naturally regress over time.
• Atrophic Scarring: Depressed pin-like pockets in the skin that can result from skin conditions or diseases such as acne.