Body lift is a major plastic surgery procedure, which ideally be performed by a board certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon to minimize the risks.
In any case, the patient should be aware of the potential risks that are typically associated with any surgical procedure, including body. To make the right decision, the patient must weigh the risks against the benefits.
During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will discuss the risk and safety aspects of body lift with the patient. They will also evaluate the patient’s fitness to undergo a full or partial body lift. Dr. Gary Motykie is a pre-eminent cosmetic surgeon providing body lift and various other invasive and non-invasive aesthetic procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities and towns in this part of California.
Body lift surgery may be performed in either lower or upper body sites, or both. Risks will depend on the degree of correction involved, the surgical technique used, and the patient’s general health and fitness level. Common post-op risks in body lift plastic surgery procedure include:
Bruising and Inflammation
A common response to the body lift surgery trauma is swelling and bruising in the treated sites. Bruising will resolve quickly, but mild swelling may linger on several weeks or months. Most patients will need to wear a compression garment for some weeks to mitigate the impact of inflammation and expedite healing.
Numbness or Altered Skin Sensation
Tissue modification can sometimes reduce the sensitivity of the skin for a temporary period. Complete numbness in the treated area may also occur in a few cases. The normal sensation will be natural restored in most cases, but the recovery may be longer for a few patients. Permanent loss or change of sensation can occur in rare cases.
The patient is exposed to anesthesia, tape, gauze, and other surgical materials, which poses the risk of an allergic reaction. The patient may experience itchiness, rashes, redness, nausea, dizziness, congestion, coughing, or vomiting. The reaction is usually short-lived, but patients with a history of allergies should disclose this fact to the surgeon during the pre-op consultation.
Slow Healing of Incisions
In a few cases, a major incision may pull apart following the body lift procedure or may heal poorly. This can particularly occur if the patient has not followed proper aftercare or if the wound has not been correctly sutured. Although this condition does not pose a serious health hazard, but it can delay healing and require additional bandaging to close the wound properly.
Some patients may end up with fluid accumulation in tissue pockets along the incisions. This risk can be reduced when the surgeon places drainage tubes under the skin and provides a compression garment. But if the patient still gets seroma after the body lift procedure, a minor surgery may have to be performed to remove the fluid.
Excessive bleeding, skin necrosis, and deep vein thrombosis are rare risks in body lift surgery. Amazing and sagacious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for body lift.
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