After Bariatric Surgery, Will You Need a Lower Body Lift?
For severely obese individuals that receive bariatric surgery, the resulting loss of weight often leaves large amounts of sagging skin. A lower body lift is a procedure that reshapes the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks, typically for aesthetic reasons. A doctor normally recommends this type of procedure for patients who have lost large amounts of weight following bariatric surgery. The procedure involves a number of incisions through which the doctor removes excess tissue. He or she then cuts and repositions the skin, tightening it, as it’s needed.
How to Prepare for a Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift is a big procedure, one that requires careful and thorough preparation. The patient needs to understand what the procedure entails and what the expected results will be. He or she needs to be in good physical condition and, perhaps more importantly, emotionally stable.
The patient’s weight should be as close to ideal as possible, and it should also be stable. The patient should be eating a healthy, nutritious diet. If the patient smokes, he or she should give up smoking at least six weeks before surgery. For best results, the patient should quit smoking completely. Additionally, caffeine should be eliminated from the diet at least six weeks before surgery, and should remain restricted until after the wounds have completely healed.
The surgeon starts the procedure by administering either a general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation. In most cases, the doctor performs the entire procedure in one surgery. The incision sites depend entirely on where the excess skin and fatty tissue is located. Your doctor may also perform liposuction, in addition to the lower body lift.
When the surgeon has finished, he or she closes the incisions, typically using sutures.
The Risks Associated with Lower Body Lift Surgery
As with any type of surgery, a lower body lift does involve a certain amount of risk. Some of the risks include:
- In very rare cases, a blood transfusion may be required
- The results may be slightly asymmetrical
- Delayed healing
- There’s a small risk of blood clots
Be prepared to be in surgery for 6 hours or more.
Recovery and Aftercare
Although the initial results are immediately visible after surgery, you may not see the full benefits for a year or more afterwards.
During the surgery, the doctor inserts drain tubes at the incision sites to remove excess fluid. You might be required to have several follow-up sessions after the surgery in order to have them removed, usually around two to three weeks after surgery.
You may have to wear compression garments after surgery. This is at the discretion of the surgeon and is to control swelling and the risk of blood clots.
Expect to remain in the hospital or recovery center for a couple of days after the surgery. You should be walking within 24 hours after the surgery and feel comfortable with basic movement before you leave the hospital.
Arrange transportation for when you leave the hospital, as you will be unable to drive or exert yourself.
Provided everything progresses as it should, you should expect to resume near normal activity levels around four to six weeks after surgery.
Cost of a Lower Body Lift in the USA
The average cost of lower body lift surgery in the US is around $18,000 to $20,000.
Since insurance often considers this to be a cosmetic procedure, it is often not covered by insurance making the price prohibitively high for many people. Fortunately, surgery in the Bahamas is an affordable option for many. If you are seeking a top-notch surgical team for your cosmetic surgery, we recommend a call today to the Bahamas Medical Center.