Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss, Preparation for Full Body Lift Surgery and Timing for full body lift surgery
On average, gastric bypass patients lose 60% to 70% of their excess weight during the first 12 months after surgery. Many patients regain some of the lost weight during the ensuing years. From the standpoint of plastic surgery, the best time for full body lift surgery is probably between 18 to 24 months after weight loss. This is the time that patients have lost most of their excess weight and have significant excess tissue and laxity. Unfortunately, this is also the time that most patients have minimal nutritional reserves following months of reduced food and calorie intake and continued malabsorption of fat, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. With up to 50% of reported nutritional deficiencies occurring within the first year of weight loss surgery, it is essential to pay serious attention to the patient’s nutritional status prior to a full body lift. Dr. Agha considers full body lift and body contouring surgery only when your weight has reached a plateau for several months. He considers this period critical for replenishing your nutritional reserves. 3-5% of post-bariatric patients lose more than 100% of their excess weight and may be clinically malnourished. Accordingly, identifying these malnourished patients before performing full body lift and contouring surgery is imperative else lend to potentially severe complications.
Full Body lift overview
Full Body lift surgery includes a series of procedures, also known as lower or total body lift, performed in tandem by plastic surgeons specialized in body contouring. The full body lift surgery is custom designed for each patient to remove excess skin of the lower or upper body. Dr. Agha typically performs his signature full body lift for most of his patients.
Where will your full body lift surgery be performed?
Dr. Agha has been granted staff privileges at several local hospitals and outpatient centers to perform full body lift procedures. In the interest of his patients’ safety, he only performs full body lift and other surgeries in fully accredited facilities with the proper services and staff. Your anesthesia will always be administered under the care of a Board Certified M.D. anesthesiologist. You are asleep, feel no pain, and will not remember the procedure. Full body lift surgery tends to be lengthy and requires full muscle relaxation for maximum tightening.
Therefore, general anesthesia is most commonly used for full body lift surgery. It is the deepest form of anesthesia, and is considered by many to be the safest. Dr. Agha’s vast experience in body contouring surgery enables him to complete a full body lift often in less than 5 hours.
Surgical marking and planning for full body lift
Whether you have decided to have your upper body and breasts corrected or start with your lower body lift, your full body lift procedure will begin the night before your surgery. After taking a final shower, Dr. Agha will see you in his office to discuss the full body lift, answer any remaining questions, review potential complications, and finally to mark you in preparation for surgery the next day. The process can take an hour or more, as the marking requires precise planning. After you have changed into a gown the next morning before surgery, the anesthesiologist will see you. An intravenous line will then be established, and you will be given a precautionary dose of antibiotics.
Is full body lift surgery typically covered by insurance?
Although a full body lift is not covered by insurance, many policies do pay for a panniculectomy. To learn more do a search on Google of the Browser of your choice for “Insurance Criteria for Panniculectomy”.