Common Concerns about Body Lift Surgery

Written by Dr. Sean Maguire on November 22, 2015

Have you lost a large amount of weight but are depressed by how much loose skin is left over on your body? Or maybe you’re a mother who, despite loving the joys of parenthood, wishes she could get rid of excess, hanging stomach skin or lift drooping breasts left over from pregnancy or breastfeeding. Body lift surgery is a procedure offered at the Physician’s Center for Beauty that trims excess, often hanging, skin from the arms, stomach, back, thighs, breasts and other areas for a smoother and more attractive body shape. To learn more about this procedure, including answers to common patient concerns, read on.

Is the Surgery Painful?

As with any invasive surgery, patients can expect a certain amount of discomfort both during surgery and for a couple days afterwards, as the body heals.  The amount of post-operative pain varies from person to person, but generally is worse in the first few days after surgery and improves within a week.  Post-operative pain medications are generally used for the first week, after which time anti-inflammatory medications can be used.

Are There Complications and Risks?

Any invasive procedure involves a certain amount of risk. The complications and risks associated with body lift surgery, though infrequent, include excessive bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin), seroma (a collection of fluid under the skin) and excessive scarring.

Will I Have Significant Scarring?

The amount of scarring that results from a body lift procedure depends largely on the extent of the surgery and the number of areas being treated. Regardless of these factors, however, Dr. Sean Maguire is a careful and experienced surgeon that places his incisions so that most scars can be easily hidden under bathing suits and underwear. Most body lift patients are so happy with their new and slimmer body that they consider surgery scars a small price to pay.

What is the Recovery Period Like?

The area or areas treated during surgery will be swollen for a few weeks or more. Your doctor will place you in a compression garment after surgery, which will need to be worn for a short period of time after surgery, to help alleviate the swelling and protect incisions. Most likely, you will need to take off at least two weeks from work as you recover, and you’ll have to wait at least four to six weeks until you can get back to exercising. Since activities that involve bending and lifting should be avoided for the first month or so, you may need to have a family member or close friend help you take care of children or perform daily chores during that time.

Find Out More at a Personal Consult

If you’re distressed over loose, sagging skin, why not find out more about a procedure that many people just like you have had to tighten and sculpt their body? Take the next step and come into the Physician’s Center for Beauty for a personal consultation with Dr. Maguire. He will explain the surgery and what you can realistically expect through each part of the process, including the results. Schedule your consultation here or call (502) 897-7546.

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