Body Lift Surgery FAQs

Body Lift Surgery FAQS about Different Types of Body Lift

Dr Patrick Briggs offers Body Lift Surgery for excess skin removal after massive weight loss. Below he has given answers to some of the most common Body Lift FAQs for reducing excess skin after massive weight loss.

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FAQs about Different Surgeries for Excess Skin Removal after Weight Loss

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a lower body lift?

  • Both lower body lifts and tummy tucks are surgeries that tighten the abdominal muscles and result in a flatter abdomen. However, a tummy tuck may only involve tightening the muscles and removing the excess skin in the front stomach area.
  • While a lower body lift can go much further, sculpting your outer hips, love handles, lower back, and buttocks.

What areas does a lower body lift include?

A lower body lift includes tightening the loose skin of the abdomen, posterior thighs, hips, outer thighs as well as anterior thighs.

What does an upper body lift include?

An upper body lift may remove excess upper body skin and include an upper arm lift, gynecomastia, or breast lift or removal of fat along the upper back either through surgery or with additional liposuction.

What is a circumferential body lift?

  • A circumferential body lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen, waists, hips, buttocks, and thighs. This gives your abdomen a firmer contour while also lifting your buttocks.
  • Furthermore, in a circumferential body lift incisions will be made around the entire circumference of the body – just like wearing a belt – hence the name belt lipectomy.

What is a lower back lift?

A lower back lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdomen. It can combine different types of abdominoplasty with a thigh lift. The incision is made from the back around to the front of the thighs.

What is a full-body lift?

A full-body lift can also be referred to as either a body lift or body contouring surgery. (you can read more about a full-body lift by reading Dr Briggs’ body lift page.

What is the difference between a belt lipectomy and a tummy tuck?

  • A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the front abdomen region only. Whereas a belt lipectomy involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the back, buttocks, the thighs, hips and the abdomen.

What is a 360 body lift?

A 360 body lift, also known as a 360 tummy tuck or a lower-body tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgicery procedure that targets and removes excess, loose skin and fat from the lower part of the body, such as the flanks, buttocks, thighs, hips, and lower abdomen through a complete three-sixty degrees circumferential approach.

It can be done as a solo procedure or in conjunction with additional liposuction or a full body lift.

What is a Beltectomy?

  • A beltectomy also called an extended tummy tuck is a variant of the standard tummy tuck.
  • In addition to removing extra skin from the stomach area, excess fat is also removed from the torso by targeting the flanks and back and extending the lateral incision of a standard tummy tuck. It provides recontouring to hips and flanks in addition to the stomach.

Body Lift Surgery FAQs about suitability for Surgery

What’s involved in a body lift?

  • A body lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing, lifting, and tightening skin as well as removing excess fat.
  • A lower body lift is the most common body lift procedure and treats the abdomen, lower back, buttocks, and thighs. Whereas, an upper body lift treats the arms, upper back, and breasts.
  • Read more about the Medical Benefits Of A Body Lift After Massive Weight Lost.

How do you know if you should have a body lift?

  • You should have a body lift if;
    • A significant amount of weight loss has resulted in you having excess saggy skin
    • Your skin has lost its elasticity and your abdominal wall has become loose
    • You are bothered by your appearance
    • You can accept scarring around your body which can normally be covered
    • Your mobility and daily life are affected by loose skin.
    • The presence of excess skin has resulted in further deterioration of the skin
    • You are physically healthy and near your ideal weight
    • You do not smoke or drink heavily
    • And, you have realistic expectations and goals from the procedure

How long does a body lift take?

  • It depends on the areas being lifted and if any other body contouring procedure are being performed alongside the body lift. It can take anywhere from four to seven hours of surgery time or more.
  • A lower body lift can take anywhere from four to seven hours while an upper body lift can take four to six hours.

Body Lift Surgery FAQs – Questions About Body Lift Recovery

How long does it take to recover from a full-body lift?

  • The time patients need for recovery will differ. It depends on several factors including; the extent of body lift surgery, the surgical techniques your surgeon applies, and the patient’s natural healing ability.
  • Most patients should be able to resume their daily routine or go to work 10 to 14 days post-surgery. However, It may take four to six weeks for some patients to recover.
  • Many patients find post surgery swelling may take three months after the surgery to subside

What is the recovery time for a body lift?

Most people can recover and resume some of their daily activities 10 to 14 days after a body lift. However, it may take up to four to six weeks for some. Furthermore, it may take three months, for the majority (About 90%) of the swelling to subside.

How do you sleep after a lower body lift?

You should consider sleeping either on your back in a reclined or an elevated position after a lower body lift. Doing so helps aid recovery.

Do compression garments help tighten skin?

No. However, compression garments are extremely helpful in recovery as they not only help reduce swelling but also reduce bruising post-surgery for a better contoured result.

How long do you wear a compression garment after lower body lift?

You should wear a compression garment for at least six weeks after a lower body lift. That being said, if you are still experiencing swelling at and/or after six weeks, you should continue wearing the compression garment.

How long after a body lift surgery can I stand up straight?

You should be able to stand up straight two weeks after a body lift surgery.

Body Lift Surgery FAQs – Risks & Concern Questions

How painful is a body lift?

  • As anesthesia is applied during the procedure, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure itself. However, post-surgery pain is a very common side effect, especially a major body lift procedure.
  • It will be painful around the parts of the body that were operated on are extremely noticeable the first few days after the surgery. The pain will gradually subside becoming much less of an issue as recovery continues.

How painful is a lower body lift?

After a lower body lift, it is normal to feel pain, some burning or itching, and numbness around the incision site. This will gradually fade after surgery.

Is a body lift surgery safe?

Generally, body lift surgeries are safe but like any other surgery it does carries some general risks including; bleeding, complications related to anaesthesia, and infection. Learn more about the risks of cosmetic surgeries.

How safe is skin removal surgery?

Generally, skin removal surgeries after weight loss are safe but it does carry some risks including infections, seromas, or hematomas. Learn more about the risks of cosmetic surgeries.

Body Lift Surgery FAQs about Preparing for Body Lift

How do I prepare my body for plastic surgery?

How do I prepare for a lower body lift?

  • To prepare for a tummy tuck you should consider the following steps:
    • Have a thorough consultation with your doctor
    • Stop smoking two weeks before your surgery
    • Avoid aspirin and blood-thinning medications
    • Be close to your ideal weight and maintain it
    • Arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery
    • Prepare a space for recovery post-surgery

Body Lift Surgery FAQs about Funding your Body Lift surgery

How much does a whole-body lift cost?

  • As a whole-body lift is performed to suit the needs of the patient, the cost varies according to individuals.
  • The consultation charge, the Surgeon and anaesthetist fees, the hospital costs, as well as the cost of an overnight stay, medication, and post-surgery garments are all part of the final cost.
  • Depending on the extent of your surgery – It may cost $25k to $50k
  • Send an email or Phone Dr Briggs’s team for a rough estimate for your Whole Body lift

Will health insurance cover a body lift?

After losing a lot of weight, if you can prove that you have a large pannus that is causing you a number of health issues like infection and skin breakdown, then you may be able to meet the strict criteria and be eligible for cover by Medicare and health insurance. However, this will differ according to your insurance company so be sure to check with them too. You will most likely need Gold Level PHI cover

What does a lower body lift cost?

  • A lower body lift is a highly personalized surgical procedure. It differs from patient to patient due to the amount of excess skin present and the surgical goals of the patients.
  • As a result, the cost of a belt lipectomy varies from individual to individual.
  • If you choose to combine procedures with your lower body lift like liposuction, a thigh lift, abdominoplasty, or a buttock lift this will also increase the cost.
  • Send an email or Call Dr Briggs’s team for a rough estimate for Body lift.

Does insurance cover loose skin surgery?

You must first meet the strict medicare criteria to be covered by your fund. If you can prove that you’ve lost a minimum of five BMI units and your weight has been stable for six months prior to the surgery you may be a candidate. If your loose skin needs to be causing you a number of health issues and it interferes with your daily life then your excess loose skin surgery may be elligible for cover through insurance. But, these criteria will differ according to the insurance company so be sure to check with them.

How much does a back lift cost?

  • Like all surgery, the cost of a back lift is different for each patient.
  • It can be done in conjunction with other surgeries like; abdominoplasty, liposuction, a thigh lift, or breast surgery to contour the entire physique which will drive the cost of the back lift higher.
  • The total cost of a back lift includes; The surgeon’s fees, Anesthetic fees and Hospital fees
  • Send an email or Phone Dr Briggs’s team for a rough estimate for your Back lift

How much does a belt lipectomy cost?

  • As above, a belt lipectomy is a highly personalized surgical procedure that differs from patient to patient due to the amount of excess skin present and the surgical goals of the patients. Thus the cost of a belt lipectomy varies from individual to individual.
  • Send an email or Phone Dr Briggs’s team for a rough estimate for Belt Lipectomy

For more Information about Body Lift Surgery

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.