When the excess of fat is at the front of the body, an abdominoplasty could help. When the excess and the fall of the tissues happens in the back and the buttocks, the answer is a buttock lift. But when there is a considerable quantity of extra skin around all of the torso, the lower body lift, also known as a lipectomy of the waist, is the indicated process.
In this procedure, we eliminate the “belt” of fat and skin around the lower part of the abdomen and the back. It is one of the procedures that can elevate the buttocks, smooth the sides of the thighs and stretch and flatten the abdomen with just one incision and a scar that is hidden under the bikini line. Patients that have lost a large quantity of weight are some of the ideal candidates for a lower body lift, and it is the most demanded surgery.
Logically it depends on the type of work the patient has. A job that requires a lot of physical effort is not the same as another that doesn’t need as much. If you have to strain yourself in your job, we recommend at least 15 days rest and if you are a person with less strain in your work, 7 days should be sufficient.
You can go to the beach or the pool from the moment that the wounds are completely closed which is usually within two weeks
You can exercise and lift weight a month after the surgery. If you can, we recommend that you do not lift weights in the gymnasium as it implies moving the muscles of the abdomen (anterior rectus), in a month and a half.
When you leave the operating theatre, you will be wearing a compressive corset which allows the inflammation to reduce and the body to heal well from that moment on. From the third/fourth day you can shower normally.
You can do this a month after the surgery.
You can sunbathe from the moment we remove the steri-strips (plasters that protect the wound, the stitches are inside and do not need removing, they dissolve naturally), which should be in two weeks. If you are going to the beach, you must wear a bikini and use factor 50+ sun protection on the scar.
You can travel perfectly on an aeroplane after the surgery.
We recommend that you wear a compressive corset after the surgery. It improves the result and reduces certain complications such as a seroma. It also allows the abdomen to heal better.
We will show you photographs from previous cases so that you can get a more detailed idea of the final result.
After the surgery you will be irritated. It will not be pain, but irritation. You will have the sensation of aching, stiffness and some pressure. You will take medication for the pain which means that you will have more irritation at bed time, due to the bandage, the antibiotic etc. which will provoke discomfort more than pain.
The scar of an abdominoplasty is circumferential and usually coincides with the bikini line. It is a scar that with time, improves greatly and remains concealed. However, multiple treatments exist which improve the final result of scars such as silicon patches, rosehip oil, creams, laser, etc. etc.
You should avoid taking aspirin or any other medication which provokes anticoagulation. Let us know if you usually take vitamin supplements or medicinal plants. Some make the blood coagulate more slowly.
In general, we recommend any surgical intervention from 18 years and over, however in this case it is more reconstructive than cosmetic. Most patients are people who have lost lots of weight, for example after having an intragastric balloon or after a bariatric surgery, therefore they are patients who are usually over age.