Often referred to as body contouring surgery, a body lift involves removing fat and in many cases skin from multiple parts of the body for a comprehensive image transformation. Dr Anh performs this procedure on individuals who are close to their goal body, although might need some surgical assistance shifting a final amount of fat and loose skin.
Achieving your body image goals can be a long and demanding process, especially when that final amount of fat and loose skin won’t seem to budge. But the journey doesn’t have to end there. A body lift may be the final step to achieving the fit and defined look you deserve.
Dr Anh is committed to helping you realise and maintain your appearance and your self-confidence. Her work strives to empower you and encourage you to become the best version of yourself. Dr Anh and her team’s extensive education and experience means that you will be provided with the highest quality of care, support and service throughout your entire body lift journey.
What is a Body Lift?
Often referred to as body contouring surgery, a body lift involves removing excess skin and stubborn fat from parts of the body for a comprehensive image transformation. This can be completed in multiple areas of the body to define and tighten those areas for a smoother and more toned overall appearance. Body lifts are highly customisable to your precise needs, leaving you with results that are natural, beautiful and comfortable.
Candidates for Body Lift Surgery
Men and women from all walks of life have sought body lift surgery, from mothers hoping to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies to those who have a certain area of the body that makes them feel self-conscious. The procedure is particularly helpful to individuals that have lost a substantial amount of weight; often the result of bariatric surgery or a strict weight loss program.
Dr Anh performs this procedure on individuals who are close to reaching their ideal body goals but may require surgical assistance to correct the final amounts of fat and loose skin. Generally, potential patients will be in good physical condition and maintaining a healthy weight range. The body lift surgery is an excellent tool for shaping and contouring, and is usually considered by those seeking the final step to achieving a defined, polished physical form.
Areas of Treatment
The most common areas of treatment include the hips, outer thighs, abdomen (tummy), buttocks and arms. Many women find it challenging to reduce weight in all these areas, while men typically have difficulty slimming down the tummy area, especially later in life. Even when the weight comes off, loose skin can remain to interfere with your slender body profile, which may cause chafing and chronic skin irritation, as well as limit your ability to move freely.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
This is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall. Though it is not an alternative to diet and exercise, the tummy tuck is ideal for those who have been steadily losing weight but are struggling to shift stubborn areas of flabby excess skin around the torso. Even significant weight loss can make fail to flatten a tummy bulge completely, as the abdominal wall muscles tend to separate – this is especially common after pregnancy. This procedure aims to repair and tighten lax abdominal wall muscles or address the underlying muscle separation or weakness causing a bulge. The rectus muscles are plicated, correcting the rectus diastasis. A tummy tuck can also remove redundant skin and re-contour the torso.
The tummy tuck is a common inclusion in the body lift process, as it is performed to create an overall flatter and more proportioned appearance. To read more about this procedure, see our page on Tummy Tucks.
Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction/Lift) for Shapely Arms
This procedure is performed to remove excess or redundant skin from the arms – sometimes referred to as “tuckshop arms” or “bingo wings”. Upper arm skin tends to sag with age, as well as after significant weight loss. This approach aims to reshape the underside of the upper arm, from the armpit to the elbow, to create a more toned and balanced appearance, with the potential benefit of being able to wear sleeves outfits, or more fitted clothing comfortably.
Thighplasty (Thigh Reduction/Lift) for Contoured Thighs
This procedure is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the inner or outer thighs (or both) while lifting and contouring sagging tissues of the thigh. Naturally, the thighs adjust to age, weight loss and loss of skin elasticity, but when weight loss is quick and substantial, the skin does not always have time to conform to the new contour. This procedure aims to tighten and reshape the area, resulting in a smoother, better-proportioned contour of the thighs and lower body.
Dr Anh offers a variety of treatments for the body, including Liposuction, Labiaplasty and Mummy Makeovers. You can view the full list of treatment opportunities here. Why Consider a Body Lift? A body lift is an excellent tool for contouring and defining the body – a process that can be difficult to achieve on your own, particularly in the later years. Ageing and events such as pregnancy and childbirth naturally affect how our body gains and manages weight. When weight is lost quickly, residual skin does not always tighten around the new profile.
While excess skin can cause discomfort and feelings of heaviness, it can also lead to issues such as poor posture, aching of the back and shoulders, difficulty exercising, chronic rashes and infections in the skin folds, hygiene issues (due to the accumulation of sweat) and low self-esteem.
If the inability to achieve your optimum physique has impacted your overall happiness and wellbeing, a body lift surgery might be the ideal tool for you. Before performing the surgery at an accredited Perth hospital, Dr Anh will help you achieve your body goals by first addressing your concerns, assessing your suitability to treatment and working with you to reach your body’s highest potential. This surgery aims to leave you with well-grounded confidence and a newfound faith in your inner and outer beauty.
With over a decade of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Anh is committed to providing you with the most expert care. Leading an experienced, professional and caring team, Dr Anh believes in the fundamental belief that there is freedom in realising and fulfilling your self-worth. Your consultation will build on this vision. In this discussion, your concerns will be understood, addressed and paired with the most appropriate treatment for your circumstances. Your procedure will be meticulously planned out accordingly.
Dr Anh prides herself on her approachable personality. Your consultation will occur in a welcoming, friendly and comfortable environment, where you are encouraged to gather information and intricate details regarding your treatment. This meeting should leave you with a clear understanding of how your procedure will go. During this time, Dr Anh will also speak with you about potential implications of the process and how her team will reduce complications. Dr Anh is committed to blending your needs with compassion, sensitivity and attention, striving for perfection through the entire process. From your initial consultation to the excellent aftercare provided, your treatment will be managed with the utmost professional care and support.
Before the Surgery
Body lift surgery is encouraged for those who are close to reaching their ideal body shape. Therefore, it is recommended that before undergoing surgery, patients reach their optimal weight (or as to close to it as possible) and maintain a reasonable level of fitness to aid with the recovery process. Dr Anh will also consult with you about medications you may be on and will advise accordingly.
Before the procedure begins, you will be placed under a general anaesthetic due to the number of areas treated. Depending on what you aim to achieve, it is common for body lift procedures to combine several individual treatments. For instance, some patients wish to combine liposuction of the buttocks with a tummy tuck procedure for a more holistic body lift.
The primary phase for each of these procedures involves using surgical fat removal technology to remove unwanted fat, followed by the excising of any extra skin. Dr Anh uses highly advanced, industry-leading technology to achieve these results. The area of incision, which is carefully placed to minimise visible scarring, will then be sutured by Dr Anh and dressed.
You may experience some pain, bruising or swelling after the procedure. At least two to three weeks of downtime will be required, and you will not be able to participate in strenuous activities for about six weeks following. Dr Anh will discuss these details and all aftercare requirements with you prior to your procedure. It is normal to experience some discomfort following the surgery, but it is important to remember the long-term benefits and the overall goal – to unearth and embrace the best version of yourself.
Dr Anh’s excellent professional assistance means that your post-procedure needs will be catered for by her reliable and compassionate team. For your security and comfort, most body lift patients will be required to stay locally or overnight in hospital. The rest of your recovery will take place at home, although Dr Anh’s caring nurses and team will see you regularly to monitor your healing process and address any concerns that might arise. Results Generally, results of the procedure should be long-lasting given that your weight remains stable. Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight may adjust the results of a body lift, and your body will still undergo the normal ageing process, which may result in some changes. Depending on the amount of excess skin, some patients may need to undergo additional surgery to attain their desired body shape.
Dr Anh is wholeheartedly invested in your journey. Her staff is driven by the underlying goal to restore faith in your beauty by revealing and embracing your best self. The body lift aims to remind you not only of your finest physical self, but to enhance your level of comfort and activity by removing potential barriers like loose skin folds that can inhibit your movement and reduce your quality of life.
Body Lift FAQs
Will I get general anaesthesia for body lift surgery?
Yes, general anaesthesia is required for this procedure so that the surgery will be performed while you are asleep. Will I have any scars after receiving body lift surgery? Every surgical procedure results in scars. How subtle your scars are after the procedure will depend on your skin type, body and care taken afterwards. Dr Anh will discuss scarring with you during your initial consultation so that you can be fully aware of the potential outcomes and proper aftercare procedures. She will carefully place incisions where visible scarring will be minimal and will counsel you on incision care to ensure the best possible healing process.
What areas can be treated with a body lift? A body lift can entail surgical treatment of any part of the body. The most common areas of treatment are hips, thighs, buttocks and tummy. Dr Anh can perform excess skin reduction on any part of the body. Fat reduction can also be performed on most areas of the body, depending on your weight and appearance goals.
Where will the surgery take place?
The body lift surgery takes place at either St John of God or Joondalup Private Hospital. These world-class facilities ensure that you are treated in a safe, accredited and comfortable setting. You will be welcomed and treated with high-quality, caring service from consultation to aftercare.
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Dr Anh and her team are committed to helping you discover the best version of yourself. They are a team driven by passion, integrity and resilience, and they are enthusiastic about restoring faith in your body image. Dr Anh believes in embracing opportunities that will encourage you to be proud of your body, and she invites you to do the same, because you deserve to live your best life, which starts with loving yourself! If you are ready to attain the body you have worked for and deserve, call Dr Anh today on 1300 8DRANH or enquire online.