Perhaps you’ve lost a lot of weight through surgery or diet and exercise and are now stuck with excess skin. Perhaps diet and exercise didn’t reshape you in the way you thought it would, and stubborn areas of fat refuse to respond to your hard work. For people like you who want your best body to emerge from behind layers of excess skin or fat, body sculpting may be the answer.
Body sculpting usually involves liposuction in combination with any number of other procedures — like a thigh lift, arm lift, buttock lift, tummy tuck, and breast lift or enhancement. Which procedures are involved in your body sculpting will be unique to you. This is not a one-size-fits-all surgery but something that is tailored to your body and personal beauty goals.
It all begins in the consultation. At mia Aesthetics, we believe this may be the most important step in the entire procedure. This is your time to not only meet your potential surgeon, but take advantage of the doctor’s expertise by asking questions, being open and honest about your goals for body sculpting, expressing any concerns or fears, and getting to truly know your surgeon. If you develop a trusting rapport and feel the doctor fully understands your goals, you are already on your way to success. A thorough examination will determine which procedure or combination of procedures the doctor believes will best achieve your goals.
You’ve got to be as healthy as possible for any surgery, and your mia Aesthetics surgeon will conduct a full physical checkup to ensure you are healthy enough to move forward with body sculpting surgery. The best candidates are those who’ve lost a great deal of weight, either through weight-loss surgery (like bariatric surgery) or through a major diet and exercise regimen. Ideally, the patient is close to their ideal weight or has lost most of the weight they intend to lose. Some may have a stubborn fat problem in areas like the waist, lower back, inner and outer thigh, just to name a few typical trouble zones. Patients with realistic expectations who have stubborn areas of fat can benefit from this procedure. Body sculpting will remove any excess skin, then sculpt & tighten your skin to truly fit your new, smaller body.
Our doctor may recommend a home care system before surgery and may require you to stop taking certain medications up to two weeks before the body sculpting. Smokers will be asked to stop smoking long before the surgery because it interferes with the body’s ability to heal. On the day of the surgery, your plastic surgeon will carefully photograph and mark the areas to be treated as a guide during the procedure. Then you will be transferred to the ward where the surgery will be performed. Because of the many areas usually involved in a body sculpting procedure & the complexity of doing several procedures at once, surgery can take five to seven hours.
After surgery, you’ll need to stay at the clinic overnight to ensure the best postoperative care and because you may need intravenous pain medication. Pain and discomfort after surgery is normal, and you may need painkillers, which the doctor can prescribe. It’s likely you’ll go home wearing compression garments, bandages, adhesive tape around any wounds, and in some cases – drains. Drains would be removed about a week after surgery and stitches get removed about a week to ten days after body lift surgery.
A trusted family member of friend should accompany you the first days after surgery. You’ll likely have a swollen abdomen and achy body post-op. And while it is important to rest at home, you’ll also need to walk several times a day to help speed up the recovery process and reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs.
Sports and exercise are a no-no until about six weeks post-surgery. Wait for your doctor to give you the a-okay before resuming your normal activities. The surgery is impactful and you should expect to return to your typical life gradually – in measured stages – to ensure a safe recovery and optimal results. Meantime, your job is to protect your incisions from extreme motion, abrasion or force to minimize the chance of complications.
Is body sculpting the same thing as a body lift?
Cosmetic surgeons are known to use the terms interchangeably, so yes. It may also go by the name “body shaping”. No matter the name, it’s important to note that any of these procedures will contain different surgical elements that vary according to the patient’s needs. Meeting with more than one potential surgeon could give you more than one perspective on how best to achieve your best body.
Why would I need to stop smoking before surgery?
It’s very important to stop smoking for several weeks before body sculpting surgery. The harmful effects of cigarettes produce toxins that affect micro circulation. This reduces proper nutrition and oxygenation of tissues, which may hinder the healing and recovery process. Every surgery comes with risks, and quitting cigarettes raises your chances of avoiding those risks and enjoying the best possible results from your surgery.
How long can recovery from a body sculpting take?
It all depends on how many surgeries were combined to create your body lift surgery. Some of these procedures will require more recovery time than others. The first week is the hardest. You will still have incisions on the front and back of your body, causing some pain and discomfort. You can also expect swelling and redness and bruising in your abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Generally speaking, 75 percent of the swelling subsides within the first 6 weeks and 95 percent of the swelling goes away after three months of recovery.
What are some benefits of body sculpting?
This procedure can help your body have smoother contours. Surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia, which helps eliminate the risks associated with general anesthesia. Patients undergoing this procedure may recovery faster and return to regular activities sooner.
Can several areas be treated at the same time?
Generally, yes. During your medical consultation, our mia Aesthetics surgeon will walk you through the entire process. Depending on the areas the patient wants to address, he or she may need more than one procedure. Always, patient safety is priority #1.
What happens during the postoperative period?
Patients can do light activity after the procedure has been completed. During the first 24 hours, there is a tinged fluid or numbing solution draining from the incisions. Not to worry. Leaking is a good thing and will stop in about 24 to 36 hours. This fluid will be absorbed by your lymphatic system and drained through the urine. Swelling can last up to 6 months, but results are generally visible after 3 weeks. The retraction and tightening phases start after the swelling is gone and may take several months, depending on the health of the individual in recovery.
When can I go back to work or to the gym?
Most patients are able to go back to work within 3 days after the procedure is performed. If the patient has had work done on many areas of the body, it will take longer time to recover. Patients are able to move around on the night of the surgery. They can do low impact exercise, such as yoga and walking, one week after surgery. You should avoid high-impact exercise during the first 3 weeks, at the very least. Your doctor will advise you as you gradually resume your typical activities. Your priority at this point should be not to rush back to normal but to give your body the time and care it needs to heal.
What happens if I gain weight after? Will fat grow in other areas?
If a person gains too much weight after surgery, the fat can potentially go to areas that were not treated during surgery. However, if a person ages gracefully and keeps skin elasticity, the results can be long-lasting. Patients without good skin elasticity can experience loosening of their skin over time.