Are body lift procedures safe?

Are body lift procedures safe?

30th Jun 2017

Body lifting is a plastic surgery procedure meant to enhance the shape and tone of the body. The surgery involves excision of the surplus skin and fat tissue from the body. The good news is that the procedure is highly effective at treating skin dimpling and unevenness, as well as, creating a tighter, smoother, and firmer abdomen.

The body lift procedure also involves enhancement of smaller, flatter, uneven, or poorly shaped buttocks aside from fixing any aesthetic flaws in the groin area. One of the major concerns of many patients considering body lift is whether the surgery is safe. It is important to understand that a body lift surgery is an elective procedure and a personal decision to make and it carries attendant risks and side effects. It should only be made after serious consideration and for the best reasons and not to simply please someone else.

While the body lift surgery comes with a lot of benefits, patients are advised to undergo the procedure only if the benefits far outweigh the risks and side effects. It is important to discuss the risks and complications associated with the procedure with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.

A reliable, Board-Certified plastic surgeon will always discuss upfront, the side effects, risks, and potential complications of the procedure. If you already have any health issues, make sure to discuss it with your surgeon to prevent any life-threatening health complications during or after the surgery.

Like all other surgical procedures, there are several risks associated with the body lift surgery. The risks are relatively higher compared to other procedures because the surgery involves excision of skin from your body. One of the common risks of body lifting is bleeding, which may occur excessively during or after the surgery.

During the removal of skin and fat from your body, your blood vessels may be injured or damaged, which can lead to excessive bleeding. Also, patients who are taking blood-thinning medications can experience excessive bleeding during the body lift surgery. Secondly, the surgical area is more susceptible to potential bacterial wound infections after the surgery.

After the procedure, there is also a risk of wound dehiscence, which can lead to infections, bleeding, and other complications. Your skin may also become loose, or the skin may die after the procedure. These risks are higher when an inexperienced or unlicensed practitioner performs the procedure.

Other risks involved in the surgery include the following:

• Undesirable scarring

• Excessive fluids discharge from the incisions

• Accumulation and clotting of blood under the skin at the surgical site

• Uneven body shape

• Improper or very slow healing of the wounds

• Change in or loss of skin sensation in the surgical area (may be temporary or permanent)

• More pain and swelling

• Blood clotting

• Cardiac or respiratory issues

There are a number of ways you can reduce these risks, to wit:

• Discuss your complete health and medications history with the plastic surgeon

• Choose an experienced, licensed, and Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery

• Take proper care of your surgical wounds during the recovery period

• Strictly follow your surgeon’s instructions

• Stop smoking if you are a smoker

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