Is Liposuction Part of the Body Lift Procedure?

Is liposuction part of the body lift procedure?

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Bodylift is a powerful procedure at producing great shape.

Generally, liposuction is not considered part of a bodylift, however, we often combine a bodylift with liposuction of other parts of the body to give a better overall result and total bldy contour. A bodylift addresses the excess skin and fat around the midportion of the torso. It is a wonderful procedure that is extremely powerful at producing an excellent body shape.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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The body lift is comprised of three procedures – a tummy tuck, a thigh lift, and a buttock lift.  I routinely use liposuction in conjunction with those three procedures because I feel liposuction is necessary to provide the optimum result.  Since liposuction is minimally invasive, it is relatively safe to liposuction other areas during a body lift procedure.  Liposuctioning areas such as the knees, flanks or back area would provide additional contouring for your legs and for your waistline which would also enhance the buttocks.  I also have patients who request a fat transfer to the buttocks or a Brazilian Butt Lift at the time of their body lift to add fullness to their buttocks after the loose skin has been tightened.  Ultimately, your health will determine if you are a candidate to have additional procedures during a body lift procedure.  Be sure to only research board certified plastic surgeons then schedule a consultation for a thorough exam to confirm you are a good candidate for a body lift.

Be well and good luck!


Liposuction in Body Lifting Surgery

Thank you for your question.

Yes, liposuction can be used as a very important tool during the body lifting procedure to assist with body contouring and helping to achieve the final result.


Body lift and liposuction

I do not routinely combine liposuction of undermined regions at the same time as a body lift. It  increases the seroma rate.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lift and Liposuction

During a Lower body lift, liposuction is used for two reasons. One is to remove the unwanted deposits of certain areas such as flanks or outer thighs. This can really help in establishing a proper contour. Another reason that liposuction can be used in lower body lifts is to loosen the tissue of the thighs. Liposuction in this scenario can really help the superior lift of the thighs.

Sepehr Egrari, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction adds further refinement to body lift procedures

.Body lift surgery is generally recommend for individuals with skin laxity, most frequently fol owing massive weight loss. Liposuction can be added to body lift procedures to further define your shape. A lower body lift combines an abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) with an outer thigh and buttock lift. Liposuction can be included to improve the shape of the waistline, as well as the outer thighs. An upper body lift corrects the breasts(or chest) as well as the lateral chest folds and can be combined with Liposuction. For cases which require high volume liposuction, I generally recommend a two staged approach with liposuction performed at the initial stage followed 3 months later by the body lift procedure. Each case is individualized to meet your specific  needs.I would recommend consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. Best Regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS Houston TX 713 799 8989.

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lift & Liposuction

I tend to perform little, if any, liposuction at the time of a body lift.  The body lift requires a circumferential incision resulting in the interruption of a great deal of the normal blood supply.  In addition, a body lift is a very time-consuming procedure with which I usually perform no additional procedures which might increase operative risks.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Body lift

After massive weight loss, ther is excess skin and sometimes, more often than you think, there is still some fat pockets that need liposuction. If these pockets are within the areas of body lift then the liposuction is included.

Discuss this with your surgeon ahead of time, agree on exactly what is being done.

The liposuction will give a better result.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body LIft and Liposuction

The lower body lift has been designed to address excess skin of the back, flanks and abdomen. Excess skin is removed circumferentially and in the process, the buttocks are lifted in an upward direction.

Although liposuction isn't part of the lower body lift, it's often combined with the procedure. Liposuction is used to refine and improve contour. It's important to realize that every patient is unique and for this reason, liposuction is often used to tailor the procedure to meet the patient's specific aesthetic goals.

Not typically part of the lift, but could be combined with the lift...

A body lift procedure involves removing a section of skin and fat around the body either at the waistline or around the chest and back at the bra line. Liposuction is not technically a part of that specific procedure, but some patients and surgeons elect to do liposuction to other parts of the body at the same time as a body lift is done. It is not unreasonable to do liposuction to the inner and outer thighs, arms or chin at the same time.We do hesitate to do liposuction to the abdomen or waistline with a lower body lift, or to the back and chest for an upper body lift since that can create problems with the blood supply to the tissue flaps raised with the lift. This can ultimately create healing problems and even tissue death. A visit with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area will help you determine which areas are safe to work on at the same time as your body lift and get you the best results without endangering your health or results.

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