Body Contouring Scottsdale with Arizona Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sean Lille
Post-Bariatric Body Lift Plastic Surgery
The best candidates for a Post-Bariatric Body Lift are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by loose skin after major weight loss. The surgery is particularly helpful to men and women who have stretched their skin beyond the point where they can return to normal, which frequently occurs with obesity or extensive weight loss.
A Post-Bariatric Body Lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently.
All Post-Bariatric Body Lift Surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
Dr. Lille has performed over 300 Post-Bariatric Body Lift procedures successfully. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by ambulating after the surgery. In addition, Dr. Lille provides a therapeutic blood thinner that helps significantly.
Poor healing, which results in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. Smokers should be advised to stop, smoking as it may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.
You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Lille’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.
Planning your Post-Bariatric Body Lift Surgery
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lille will evaluate your health, determine the extent of sagging skin, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell him if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Be candid and open in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lille. He should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and risks and limitations of each. Dr. Lille will work with you to recommend the procedure that is right for you and will come closest to producing the desired body contour.
Preparing for your Post-Bariatric Body Lift Surgery
Dr. Lille will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
If you smoke, plan to quit at least 6 weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least 4 weeks after your surgery. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery.
All body contouring procedures require incisions to remove excess skin. In many cases these incisions may be extensive. Incision length and pattern depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preferences and your doctor’s surgical judgment.
Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.
Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your particular condition and goals, as well as your plastic surgeon’s best judgment, will all influence how your doctor defines a surgical plan.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from lower body lift contouring are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising.
Lower body lift usually takes about five hours, but the time required may vary depending on the area and amount of skin being removed.
After your Lower Body Lift Surgery
After your lower body lift procedure is completed, dressings and surgical garments will be applied. A drain will be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You may shower after the drains are removed after your procedure. Dr. Lille will also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. All areas are swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. Any discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon if needed.
It’s not unusual to feel depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. Try to keep in mind that this is normal and will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Getting back to normal after Lower Body Lift Surgery
Healing is a gradual process. Dr. Lille will tell you to avoid more strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Any stitches will be removed in five to ten days or dissolve, and you should be back at work in two to three weeks after your surgery. When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what Dr. Lille recommends.
While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more. Dr. Lille will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed.
If you have any unusual symptoms between visits — for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain — or any questions about what you can and can’t do; don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
Your new look after Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower Body Lift is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour. The results are permanent, providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly and do not gain weight.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their lower body lift — they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.