Who is a candidate?
A healthy, non-smoking patient (>1 month) with a stable weight for 3-6 months
A patient displeased with sagging skin around the abdomen, hips/flanks, and back (most commonly massive weight loss patients)
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can be thought of as an extension of a tummy tuck in that it is extended to the back. The technique includes:
Incision made below the bikini line in the lower abdomen extending around to the back typically in a full circle
Removal of excess skin and fat
Tightening of the abdominal muscles if indicated.
Incision around the navel to assist tightening skin of the upper stomach area
Liposuction which may also be done simultaneously to address areas of fat deposits
Placement of a pain pump or injection of a long acting pain reliever for postoperative pain control
If you would like to learn more about body lift surgery, please fill out our contact form and we will be happy to assist you! Alternatively, you can call to schedule a consultation to see Dr. Galanis in Beverly Hills at 310-858-8930 or in Chicago at 844-GALANIS (844-425-2647).
Pain: Variable. Oral pain medicine may be needed for up to 7-10 days
Special garment: A compression garment/abdominal binder will be placed at time of surgery and should be worn for at least 4 weeks.
Drain removal: Drains typically removed at 1-2 weeks.
Suture removal: All sutures are dissolvable
Activity/Shower/Driving restriction: Encouraged to walk immediately. May shower 2 days after surgery. May drive when no longer requiring narcotic pain medication. No strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Time off work: Expect to require at least 2 weeks off of work depending on job demands.
Follow-up: You will be seen in office following surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months, and 6 months or as needed