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The Risks of Having a Body Lift

A body lift is very exhaustive and complex surgery that involves a number of areas of the body being operated on all at once. For this reason it is extremely important to be aware of all of the potential risks you could face if you decide to go ahead with this type of surgery.

Bad Candidates

There are individuals who are not considered good candidates for this type of body contouring surgery, as having loose, saggy skin is not the only qualification necessary. People who are overweight are recommended to lose the weight and give themselves at least 18 months to stabilize before they undergo a body lift. People who are physically unfit are not good candidates as are smokers who tend to have more problems with healing. Also anyone who suffers from any chronic medical condition such as asthma, arthritis or diabetes, etc. is not a good candidate as is anyone with any type of psychiatric problem.

Common Complications

Complications can mean a longer recuperation period for the patient of body lift surgery. The two most common risks of this kind of surgery are small skin separations and the development of seromas, which is when fluid begins to build up under the surface of the skin. Small skin separations are referred to as “dehiscence” and they are a result of the areas of the skin where it is necessary to pull the skin tight to close it properly. Sometimes small skin separations involve the need to re-suture the spot of skin that has been operated on. The plastic surgeon can treat these problems if they should arise. Talk to him beforehand to discuss ways to avoid these risk factors. An other common complication is having a decreased amount of sensation in one or more of the areas that were operated on. This unfortunately can sometimes be a permanent state but in some cases it is not.

Other Complications

Other complications of body lift surgery that happen less often include bleeding, blood clots and the development of infections. If an infection is going to develop it will usually do so within the first week following the surgical procedure. Blood clots are not common but they have been known to develop in the lower extremity veins and have been capable of blocking circulation from reaching other parts of the body. It is rare but some patients lose a sufficient amount of blood during the body lift procedure and therefore require a blood transfusion

Scarring

Some patients will note that their scars appear to look visibly worse over the first couple of weeks or months after the surgery and it might take as long as 18 months or more for the scars to flatten and then to lighten up. The scars will never completely disappear but they often can be hidden by the clothing you choose to wear. If the thought of scarring bothers you a great deal then it would be wise to think twice before having a body lift.

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