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Lipectomy / Body Lift - FAQ

Updated December 28, 2018

What is lipectomy / body lift?

Lipectomy or body lift is plastic surgery procedure that is designed to remove the sagging skin and fat from the hips, waistline and back.

Is there a chance my skin can shrink back after a weight loss?

There are different factors that influence on the degree of sag, the most important are your skin elasticity and the magnitude of the weight loss. In most cases, if you lost more that 100 lb you would have a sagging skin that can be removed only with the surgery. It is hard to predict how much skin will be needed to be removed so before you start to look for the surgery, you should be close to your ideal weight and it must be stable for at least 2 months.

How much does a body lift cost?

The price of the surgery depends on your geographical location, your surgeon experience, your clinic, the length of the surgery, and the amount of skin that will be removed. Sometimes the clinic can charge you for anesthesia or medical tests. In plastic surgeries in Poland, the costs of medical tests and anesthesia are included in the price of the surgery. However, the final price will be determined after the consultation.

Where will the incisions be for this procedure?

Incisions placement depend on the areas that will be operated. During circumferential lift, the surgeon usually makes the incision around the abdomen, hips, and back. In most cases, you will be able to hide your incision in underwear.

What are the risks associated with a body lift?

As any surgery, body lift involves some risks such as infection, swelling, seroma, temporary or permanent change in skin sensation, asymmetry, fat necrosis etc. To avoid the complications you should find a professional and experienced surgeon.

What should I expect after my body lift procedure?

In order to minimize swelling and to provide additional support, a special compression garment (girdle) will be placed on you, right after the surgery. For about a month after the surgery, you can experience pain, bruising and swelling. The surgeon will prescribe painkillers to help you handle the pain. In order to prevent blood clots, you should begin light walking a day after the surgery. You will be able to resume normal activity within a couple of days after the surgery.

How long will my results last?

The results of the body lift are long lasting, but you should understand that no surgery can protect you from gaining weight and from aging process. You should eat healthy and exercise if you want to make the results last.

What will recovery be like?

After the surgery is done, the surgeon will apply dressings to the incision site and drains under your skin this will help to drain the excess blood and fluid. In most cases, in 1 – 2 weeks after the surgery, it all will be removed. To minimize swelling and to improve the contour of your body you will be told to wear tight fitting garment.

What is a lipectomy suction assisted?

Suction assisted lipectomy is the other name for liposuction – the surgery that can remove fat deposits with the help of special cannula from different areas of your body. More information about liposuction in Poland you can find on our page.

What is lipectomy radical abdominoplasty?

Lipectomy radical abdominoplasty is the other name for lipectomy, belt lift or lower body lift. Basically, it is a 360-degree tummy tuck.

How much weight to lose before body lift?

You should understand that lipectomy is not a weight loss procedure, it is done to improve your body contour. It is better to have lipectomy done once all the weight you are going to lose has been lost. The most important is that if you want to have lipectomy done your weight must be stable for at least 2 months.  

Can I sit after belt lipectomy? Is lipectomy painful?

The next day after your body lift you will be able to sit. You can experience swellings and pain for a few days after the surgery. In 2 weeks most patients can go back to normal activities.

What is the difference between a body lift, a circumferential lipectomy, and a belt lipectomy?

There is no difference. Those are all names of the same procedure.

How much weight can be removed with a lift procedure?

Even though body lift is not a weight loss procedure, you will lose some weight. With full body lift, you can lose about 20 pounds as this procedure involves tummy tuck, thigh lift and buttock lift. The amount of weight you lose depends on the amount of skin that will be removed.  

Are there different types of thigh lifts?

Yes. There are two types of thigh lifts: inner thigh lift and outer thigh lift. With inner thigh lift the skin is removed from the inside of your thighs, with an outer thigh lift it is removed from the outer sides of the thigh.

Are there any lift procedures that do not involve extensive scarring?

All lift procedures involve scarring. But most surgeons will position the incisions so that you will be able to hide it under clothes or bathing suit.

What regions of the body are addressed by a lower body lift?

Usually lower body lift tights skin on the hips, waistline, and back. However the surgery varies from patient to patient, and all the details of the procedure will be discussed during the consultation with the surgeon.

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