What is it?
A circumferential body lift combines an abdominoplasty and a lower body lift into one operation. Once again, this is generally for patients with a significant amount of extra skin and tissue after massive weight loss. Goals of the surgery are to tighten the abdominal muscles, lift the thighs hips and buttocks, and remove extra skin and tissue from the abdomen, love handles, and lower back. You will have a linear scar all the way around your torso that can be hidden in your underwear line. The details of the surgery and recovery are essentially the same as for an abdominoplasty and lower body lift. Please see those specific sections of the website for further details. The obvious advantage, is that both procedures are combined into one operation. However, this will make recovery a little longer and more difficult. Since you will have an incision on both the front and back of your body, there may be a greater chance that a portion of the incision may open. If this happens, the wounds are usually manageable with dressing changes, and generally heal on their own without needing further surgery. You will also need to be re-positioned several times during the operation while you are asleep in order for us to access all the necessary areas. The choice of whether or not to do a circumferential body lift usually depends on the list of total procedures that are being planned for the patient. If multiple procedures are needed, it is generally not safe to complete them all in one operation, and it is easier to combine certain procedures together. For example: if the ultimate plan involves a brachioplasty, breast augmentation/lift, abdominoplasty, lower body lift, and thigh lift, it may be more advantageous to perform the breast and abdominal surgery together since they are both done with you lying on your back, and then come back at a different time to perform the lower body lift. If no surgery is planned on the upper body, then it makes sense to proceed with the circumferential body lift. If you're interested in a circumferential body lift in Houston, visit us at Lift Plastic Surgery.