Following bariatric surgery, such as gastric band or bypass, or where there has been considerable weight loss, areas of excess skin can remain not only in the abdominal area but also extending around the whole trunk. Where appropriate this tissue can be removed by way of a body lift which is similar in many ways to an abdominoplasty (‘tummy tuck’) but extends around the whole lower trunk. This has the added benefit of elevating the lower trunk including the buttocks.
The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic with a 2 night hospital stay. Drains are placed front and back and often remain in place when discharged and then removed at 2 weeks at a wound check appointment. A support garment is worn for 6 weeks in addition to supporting wound tape. The wounds heal over 10-14 days though scar maturation proceeds over an 18 month period. Strenuous physical exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks.
Mr Cawrse can advise you whether this procedure is indicated for you or whether an abdominoplasty is sufficient.
More information can be found at the BAPRAS website: