With more and more men getting bariatric surgery, male body lift procedures are becoming routine operations in our practice.
Many men reach a point in life where they decide to shed extra weight. Whether it’s through diet and exercise or through bariatric surgery, it’s a great choice. However, losing massive weight can lead to a lot of excess skin that can prevent you from enjoying the full benefits of your weight loss.
Dr Briggs will help his male patients understand which surgery/surgeries are suitable to help them reach their cosmetic goals.
After weight loss, men usually get an abdominoplasty with a back lift, since these are the most likely areas to have lax skin and fat rolls after losing weight.
Massive weight loss can leave men with extra droopy skin, especially around the lower abdomen. Drooping skin that hangs down over the belt area is not an uncommon sight. Droopy arm skin and skin rolls on the back can also develop with ageing and after weight loss.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers his male patients a wide variety of male body lift procedures to cosmetically complement their weight loss journey. Abdominoplasty, arm lift, thigh lift, breast reduction, and back lift have all been specifically adapted for men who want to get rid of all their post-weight loss excess skin.
Keep reading to learn more about body lift surgery for men, how it’s done, the costs, and recovery afterwards.
What is a Male Body Lift?
Body lift for men and women is not just one surgery. It includes several types of procedures that are customized to fit every patient’s needs.
Some men tend to have excess skin around their abdomen – “a skin apron”. While others have lax skin hanging from their arms, giving them an old saggy appearance and some have excess skin on their back or thighs. Men can suffer from droopy, excess skin in one, two or all of these areas. It depends on how much weight they’ve lost, their body fat distribution, and their age.
Different types of body lifting procedures for men
- Arm lift
- Many men develop lax arm skin as they age.
- This can give a weak and old appearance to the arms.
- An arm lift for men is perfect for those who want to sculpt their arms back to a tighter contour.
- Thigh lift
- Many men have droopy lax skin on their thighs.
- To tighten the thigh skin and get rid of the excess, men can get a thigh lift.
- It is common to combine a Thigh lift with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
- Male Breast reduction
- The medical terminology for this is Gynecomastia surgery.
- This is a common procedure for men of all ages.
- Hormonal changes sometimes lead to large breasts in men.
- Male gynecomastia surgery reduces a man’s breast and removes any feminine curvature, giving him a flat more masculine chest.
- Back lift
- Fat rolls and skin flaps on the back and sides are common in men who have lost weight.
- Back lift for men can be done alone or in combination with male abdominoplasty to get the best results.
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- This can also be considered a body lift surgery since it treats the cosmetic aftermath of massive weight loss.
- A male abdominoplasty targets the lower abdomen to remove stubborn fat and excess skin hanging in front and on the sides.
- 360 Abdominoplasty (circumferential lift)
- This is an extensive body lift and is suitable for men who have lost massive weight and now have a drooping skin apron around their waist, belly, and back.
- A circumferential abdominoplasty for men targets the torso all around and gets rid of excess post-weight loss skin in men.
Who is a Good Candidate for Male Body Lift?
You’re a perfect candidate for one of the body lifts for men if you;
- Have lost massive weight by dieting or bariatric surgery.
- Have fatty skin rolls on your back (male back lift).
- Suffer from persistent lower belly fat (male abdominoplasty).
- Have an overhanging abdominal skin apron (male abdominoplasty).
- Have droopy “love handles” (male abdominoplasty or circumferential lift).
- Want to restore a tight masculine looking body.
- Have lax upper arm skin (male arm lift).
- Are you a non-smoker.
- Are in generally good health.
What Are The Benefits of Male Body Lift?
Benefits of Male Body Lift Surgeries include, but are not limited to;
- No more irregularities and excess – Body Lift surgeries can complement your weight loss results.
- It will restore your self-confidence and counteract your negative body image.
- Give you the firmer, healthier body you have worked so hard for.
- Because each surgery is fully customizable each man gets the body lift that suits his cosmetic goals.
- Gets rid of all the excess fat and lax droopy skin.
Body Lift Surgery Before and After Photos
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How is Male Body Lift Performed?
Surgeons will put the patient under general anaesthesia when performing a male body lift. This means that you will be unconscious and won’t feel a thing.
Dr Briggs will sterilize the target area and then proceed with the lift. Depending on which male body lift you are getting, he will do the following:
- Abdominoplasty: Dr Briggs will cut out the skin hanging around your belly and hips.
- Thighs: He will pull the thigh skin tighter and remove all the excess
- Arm Lift: The surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the remaining skin around your upper arm.
- Backlift: Fat and skin rolls on your back and sides will be cut out, giving you a smooth-contoured back
Dr Briggs will not only lift the skin. He will dissect deeper tissue (muscle and connective tissue), pull it up, and tighten it together with strong sutures.
Then the overlying skin is brought together, and the excess is removed. Your wounds will be closed with fine sutures so that they leave minimal scarring.
Recovery After Body Lift
Recovering after a male body lift is not usually a cause of concern. The recovery time can vary greatly depending on which combination of surgeries you have done.
Different male body lift surgeries will have different recovery times. The below are estimations only. In other words, each patient’s recovery will vary slightly;
- Arm lift: 2-3 weeks
- Thigh lift: 2-3 weeks
- Abdominoplasty: 3-4 weeks
- Back lift: 3-4 weeks
- Breast reduction: 3-4 weeks
- Circumferential lift: 4-6 weeks
Furthermore, if you’re getting more than one body lift procedure, you can expect your recovery time to be longer than average.
In general, the normal symptoms that you can expect during recovery from a male body lift include:
- Your wounds will cause some degree of discomfort after surgery. The level of discomfort depends on the surgery.
- Male abdominoplasty is generally more painful than a male arm lift.
- The surgical areas will swell for 1-2 weeks after your male body lift.
- Swelling will gradually start to reduce as the weeks pass.
- Your bruises will change in color as the days pass and should be gone completely in 2-3 weeks.
- Sometimes, the skin around a treated region might lose sensation or feel numb.
- This is usually temporary and goes away on its own.
Minimising Scars after Body Lift Surgery
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
How Much Does Male Body Lift Cost?
How much a male body lift costs can vary, there are many factors that can affect the cost. Some of these factors include;
- Anaesthetist fees
- Type of Surgery
- Length of Surgery
- Surgeon fees
- Hospital fees
- Recovery Garments
- Postoperative care (if included in cost)
For example, a male abdominoplasty done as a stand-alone procedure costs less than a circumferential body lift with a male thigh lift. This is why Dr Briggs provides an estimation of the costs after he sees you during the first consultation.
Is Body Lift for Men Covered by Medicare?
Unfortunately, Male body lift surgery is not usually covered by medicare, super, or insurance.
Male abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, and back lift are considered purely cosmetic procedures and are thus not eligible for a rebate.
In some cases, if your droopy overhanging skin is causing you skin irritation, pain, or restricting your movement, then you might be eligible for some cover. However, you will still have out of pocket costs.
Body Lift Complications
Male body lift surgery is usually very safe. However, like any other surgery, there are some risks:
- Wound infection
- Suture breaking
- Seroma (fluid collection)
- Hematoma (blood collection)
- Skin necrosis (localized skin sloughing)
These complications are rare to encounter if you choose a specialist plastic surgeon experienced in male body lift surgery.
Can a Male Body Lift be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes, men who get a body lift usually combine it with liposuction to remove the persistent fat in stubborn areas (like the lower belly).
Many men struggle to get rid of the lower belly fat even with a proper diet and exercise. So, if you have excess skin with underlying stubborn fat, then male liposuction and lift are a perfect combination for you.
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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.
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.
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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.