Who Is It For?
Body lifting is an elegant solution to the problem of excess loose skin, caused by loss of elasticity related to ageing or major weight loss following a diet or bariatric surgery. Sagging skin can be unattractive and impractical. The areas most commonly affected are the arms, back, thighs and, sometimes, the buttocks (especially in the case of women).
Make sure you will get time off work (depending on the operation and the nature of your job). You will need support and help from the family and friends in the recovery period (avoiding physically demanding jobs, important social events etc.); if needed (and possible), arranging for children care.
No acute illnesses should occur in the period of at least 3 weeks prior to the planned body lifting surgery (a viral illness, a cold etc.). If so, it is necessary to inform us.
One week before the body contouring surgery, do not take any medications containing acetylsalicyclic acid (such as Acylpyrin, Aspirin, Alnagon, Mironal etc.). It might increase bleeding during and after the arm lift surgery (thigh lift, back lift).
Ideally, one month (minimum two weeks) before the body lift procedure women should stop taking hormonal contraception or replacement in order to prevent thromboembolism.
Consult your GP or your surgeon in Prague regarding other medications you take regularly. Bring your usual medicine and pills, if possible in the original packaging.
It is recommended to stop or considerably reduce smoking two weeks before the operation. If you are a smoker don’t forget to bring nicotine patches with you.
Body counturing surgery requires the use of elastic garment after the procedure. You can either bring your own or you can buy them at the clinic. We recommend buying them after the consultation with your surgeon who will try the elastic garments on and decide which size and type is suitable for you.
Ideally, women should not have their period when operated. If they do, they need to inform their doctor.
How Is It Done?
The incision is made in the appropriate area, then the skin and underlying tissue is loosened, tightened and the excess removed. If necessary, the muscles are also tightened. During suturing, non-dissolvable or dissolvable stitches are used; non-dissolvable stitches must be extracted, while dissolvable stitches are absorbed by the body naturally, leaving a fainter scar.
The operation (arm lift, thigh lift or back lift) is performed under general anaesthesia and takes from one to two hours.
The body lift surgery (arm lift, thigh lift, back lift) requires minimum one overnight stay, but even two or three days can be recommended by the surgeon given the fact that it is absolutely necessary to limit movements and not to strain the operated area. It is also advisable to repose for a two-week period. Medical elastic clothes are worn after the operation.
Normally your temperature may rise slightly for a period of two to three days. An analgesic can easily ease the discomfort connected to any possible pain in the area operated upon.
You might experience pain in the area of the scars. This is quite common but an analgesic can ease it.
You will need to wear this garment 4-6 weeks after surgery. This is determined by your physician.
Post-operative bleeding, or bleeding caused by insufficient post-operative care at home
Swelling, discoloration, and tightness of skin for 10-14 days
Prolonged healing (especially when you smoke)
Haematomas, Infection of the wound
Imperfect effect resulting from non-observance of the post-operative instructions
Back To Normal
Following uneventful recovery, it is normally possible to return to physically easy work and resume customary activities (excluding exercise) within two weeks of the operation. Normal physical activity, including exercise, can be resumed four to six weeks after the operation.
The result is remarkably noticeable and long-lasting.
The operation can be combined with liposuction of the operated area which ensures a better result with no excess fat deposit remaining after the surgery.