A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite.
Body Lift Los Angeles is not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.
In general, candidates for Body Lift include:
What kind of anesthetic is used during a Body Lift?
Body Lift surgery can take from three to nine hours to complete.
You will be examined by a physician and undergo blood work testing to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. You should stop taking aspirin, or any anti-flammatory drugs and stop smoking well in advance of the surgery.
You will be given a prescription to antibiotics and painkillers, which you should fill before your surgery so that you have them easily available on day of surgery and your driver and/or caregiver is not running around to drugstores on the day of your surgery.
A friend or family member must bring you to the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our Patient Care Coordinator will greet you and bring in into the an examining room, where your Plastic Surgeon will mark outlines on the parts of your body that will indicate where the treatment will be administered.
Photos will be taken of the surgical areas, so that you will be able to compare the results to another set of photos that will be taken after you have fully recovered from the surgery.
Since the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery are critical for optimal recovery, The Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery suggests that patients consider recovering at Serenity Aftercare. Serenity is located in Santa Monica and is staffed by medical professionals that are specially trained in caring for patients immediately recovering from plastic surgery. If you do not elect to recover at Serenity, a friend or family member must come to the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery to pick you up after your surgery and bring you safely home. Someone must remain home with you for the first 48 to 72 hours, to assist you as you recover from your surgery. If you elect to recover at Serenity, you will be chauffeured directly to Serenity immediately following your surgery.
Your surgeon will call you once you are safely home, to see how you are doing and to make sure you are recovering normally.
After your body lift procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Like all surgery, they are always risks. Typical Body Lift Los Angeles risks include: unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, anesthesia risks, skin discoloration and/or swelling, fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), major wound separation, asymmetry, pain, which may persist, unsatisfactory results such as highly visible surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities, bunching and rippling in the skin near the suture lines or at the ends of the incisions, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, recurrent looseness of skin, sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal, possibility of revisional surgery.
Once you are deemed a good candidate for Body Lift, your Plastic Surgeon will discuss the risks in detail with you during your initial consultation.
Costs are based on the unique needs of the patient. Your Patient Care Coordinator will discuss the cost of your Body Lift Los Angeles surgery and the payment options available to you.