What Does It Involve?
For massive weight loss patient, there is a large amount of excess skin around the abdominal area. This is exacerbated with buttock ptosis, mons ptosis. This is extremely troublesome for patients both socially and physically with recurrent skin infection and unable to buy clothing. The treatment of choice is to have a circumferential body lift. The surgery encompassed the excision of large volume of skin and loose tissue around the mid-torso (belt lipectomy) and lifting the buttock and mons upwards (trouser lift) and tightened the abdominal region (abdominoplasty). The combination of the above will re-shape the mid-trunk area. Patient s may also required other surgeries to improve the mid-torso such as skin incision to the lower buttock, thigh lift, buttock augmention. Some of these surgeries can be carried out together but some combinations are not advisable for wound healing and swelling reason. Some patients prefer to have abdominoplasty in the first instance before considering the body lift. Mr Ho-Asjoe can advise and recommend the options during consultation.
Body lift surgery in UK is becoming more common as more patients have successfully lost weight with or without help of surgical intervention. To take on surgery, patients are required to have stablised the weight for at least 6 months and have good haematological indices to ensure good wound healing. It is also important to allow sufficient time to rest and recover from the surgery especially belt lipectomy.
This is a large operation and patient is required to stay in hospital for 5 days. A circumferential scar is formed at the level of the hip bone and this will required a longer period to heal. In some cases, abdominoplasty can be performed in the first instance and the remaining circumferential lift can be performed as a staged procedure.