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Body lift (including extended abdominoplasty)

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What is it?

Body lift is an abdominoplasty, lateral thigh lift and buttock
lift performed all together, removing a circumferential excess.
Extended abdominoplasty is an abdominoplasty and lateral
thigh lift performed together, removing the excess in the
abdomen and hips. The excess tissue (skin and fat) is usually
caused by stretching from childbirth or significant weight loss.

Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?

Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs body lift regularly and keeps up to date with
the latest techniques. You can be sure that, as a fully trained
plastic surgeon, Mr Callan performs this procedure to the
highest standard available.

Can I see photographs?

You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number
of photographs of those you have had the type of extended
abdominoplasty or body lift that you may be suitable for.

Who has body lift?

Men and women can have body lift or extended
abdominoplasty. Women usually have a body lift when they
have finished having children and are left with excess tissue
on the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. Men or women
after significant weight loss are also candidates.

Am I suitable?

You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting a body lift and happy with your informed decision.
You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal
crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.
If you have a family history of breast cancer you will need to
consider this as the tissue on the abdomen can be used to
reconstruct an absent breast, an opportunity that will be lost if
this tissue is removed.

What would make me unsuitable for this surgery?

Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe. These are
not weight loss procedures and are no substitute for losing
weight.

How is it done?

Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. An incision is made
from the pubic hairline across to the hips, around the waist
for an extended abdominoplasty, and continues to the midline
in the back for a body lift. The excess tissue is removed. The
remaining skin is stretched down to the incision line at the
front for a flatter abdomen, and the thigh and buttocks are
lifted up to the incision line and a tighter waist and buttock
are achieved.

What are the benefits?

What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. If
the weight and volume of the excess tissue distresses you
then removing it may be a great relief and may make you
feel better about your appearance in general. It may also
help relieve aches and pains associated with the weight of
the tissue removed. In addition, if the tummy muscles have
remained split after pregnancy, tightening them can help
relieve back pain and make exercise easier.

What are the risks?

All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself
a stress free time during which to recover. The particular
risks and complications of this surgery will be discussed at
your first consultation. The most common of these is fluid
collection under the skin. Occasionally the incision may take a
little extra time to heal but overall this procedure usually goes
very smoothly. There are other risks common to all surgery
and you will be made aware of these.

Will I have scars?

The incision lines for the surgery are always present, but fade
over the first six to 12 months. As a rule the incision line s
become relatively inconspicuous in most people and can be
covered by clothing. The scar around the umbilicus can be
more visible in some.

How long am I in hospital for?

Body lift and extended abdominoplasty usually require an
overnight or up to three-night stay, depending how you are
after the anaesthetic and how soon you get walking. Someone
will need to take you home from the hospital and should stay
with you the first night. Body lift and extended abdominoplasty
are not a particularly painful procedures but can be a little
uncomfortable if the muscles need to be tightened. You will be
given medication to keep you comfortable.

How long will I need to recover?

This varies but usually ranges from two to six weeks
depending on what you do. If your activities are sedentary then
you may only need a couple of weeks, but if you do heavy
work and lifting you may need up to six weeks. It’s a good
idea to take some time out from more strenuous activities so
you don’t prolong your recovery. The same guidelines apply
to exercise, with mild to moderate exercise allowable early
on and full aerobic activities after six weeks. You can shower
after surgery. You must not drive until you are fully recovered
from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of surgery. If in
doubt, don’t.

Do I wear a garment after surgery?

You need to wear a pressure garment after surgery for three
weeks. This helps the healing process and reduces the
possibility of fluid collections. It also acts like a girdle and
keeps you compact during recovery.

Will I need to be seen after surgery?

Yes. We will keep in close contact with you while in hospital,
then by telephone and then we’l see you about five days after
surgery, then at three weeks and at three months then a year.
You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any
concerns.

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