Total body lift surgery is helpful for patients who have generalized skin laxity all over their body. Excess skin can cause severe chafing and discomfort. Total body lift surgery addresses every part of the body that commonly accumulates fat and surplus skin, including the arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Total body lift is a tandem of operations that are performed to correct the whole body. Some plastic surgeons perform the total body lift procedure in a single setting. Others, including Dr. Agha, prefer to break the total body lift into an upper and a lower stage. Although the procedures are done in stages, the final results of the total body lift will be the same if not better.
What is a total body lift?
Dr. Agha typically performs his signature “Total Body Lift”. The female physique embodies the true sense of a three dimensional shape in space. It not only represents curves in a two dimensional hour-glass form, but also curves that are appreciated as the bust in the front and the buttock in the back. Unfortunately, the body lift procedure is a purely one-dimensional correction of the vertical tissue laxity. It does not correct for the circumferential laxity nor for the lack of contours and projections. Dr. Agha performs his signature total body lift procedure that aims to return a three-dimensional correction to tissue laxity. This involves correction of both vertical and circumferential laxity as well as the third dimension of projection and contour. The latter is most applicable to the breasts, lower back, buttocks, and the abdomen.
How long does total body lift take?
Total body lift involves about 14-16 hours of team surgery in total. Dr. Agha is able to complete each stage of the surgery in about 6-7 hours. Depending on the patient’s desire or what produces the best outcome, one stage of the total body lift will address the lower body and another stage will address the upper body.
Dr. Agha starts the procedure on the patient’s back. First the upper and lower incisions of the circumferential abdominoplasty are made on the lower back and then the upper buttock. The lower back tissue in between the two incisions is mobilized as flaps for augmentation of the upper buttock region. Appropriately sized pockets are then created under the upper buttock regions for flap accommodation. The buttock is then lifted, and the incisions are brought together by internally placed absorbable sutures. In this way, the buttock sag and laxity are corrected with a buttock lift, and the volume lost is replaced through excess lower back tissues. Thus buttock projection that defines feminine beauty and sensuality is returned and often enhanced. Many patients discover a curvier and fuller buttock than ever before. Dr. Agha then continues the lower body lift procedure by completing the outer thigh lift. The outer thigh tissue is selectively undermined using a special instrument as far as the knee region. It is then elevated and secured at a higher position with deep stitches. Next, he turns his attention to the thigh region below the buttocks. To correct laxity of the back of the thighs, Dr. Agha has developed a signature procedure that he has termed the Spiral thigh lift. This procedure corrects for the thigh laxity starting below the buttock region. The excess upper thigh tissue is excised at the buttock fold, and the thigh is elevated to a higher position. The thigh is then secured to the underlying tissues, and the buttock fold is carefully reconstructed. After closure of all the skin incisions, the patient is rotated on the bed and placed on her back with ample help. Dr. Agha next completes the circumferential abdominoplasty followed by completion of the Spiral thigh lift. The whole goal of Dr. Agha’s approach to total body lift is to return a three-dimensional contour to the body as well as placing incisions low on the abdomen that can be well-hidden in a bikini.
What is involved in the second stage of total body lift?
The second stage of the total body lift surgery includes extended L-brachioplasty, upper body lift, and breast reshaping. The L-brachioplasty corrects for the significant arm skin and tissue laxity. The upper body lift can be performed as a vertical incision on the outer chest (crescent upper body lift) or a horizontal incision on the back (transverse upper body lift). The choice depends on the degree of back tissue laxity, the orientation of the laxity, and the patient’s desires and scar aversions. Finally, he finishes the breast reshaping. This combination of procedures can take anywhere from six to seven hours of surgery. The second stage of total body lift is best undertaken once all the incisions of the first stage are fully healed and the nutritional reserves of the patient replaced. In Dr. Agha’s practice, most patients typically wait three to six months to complete their total body lift.
Is there a third stage to complete the total body lift surgery?
Most of the procedures needed for a total body lift can be covered in a two stage approach. However, for some patients, a third stage may be needed for additional procedures or facial rejuvenation surgery.
What are the intended results of the total body lift with Dr. Siamak Agha?
Over the years, Dr. Agha, has refined the process of Total Body Lift to the point of consistency. Total body lift offers a complete transformation of the patient’s body in matter of hours of surgery. It is the true extreme makeover.
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What happens after my total body lift?
Though a total body lift is the most comprehensive way to rejuvenate your figure, you need to take into account the extended recovery period required for such complex surgery. You should be prepared to remain at home for several weeks after each stage of your total body lift surgery and to follow all instructions given to you meticulously. Click on this link to read about the specific recovery after body lift surgery.