People who have lost a substantial amount of weight after bariatric surgery, following pregnancy or from diet and exercise can experience excess, overly stretched skin on different parts of the body. These changes can also result from the effects of ageing as the skin loses thickness and elasticity, underlying support fat thins out and levels of collagen in the skin decrease. This sagging excess skin is not only a cosmetic problem, but can cause chafing and rashes as the skin rubs together.
Flabbiness in the abdomen alone can be treated with a tummy tuck or liposuction. However, a lower body lift (belt lipectomy) is an option when the problem is more circumferential, extending around the body to include the thighs, hips and buttocks. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, a lower body lift can involve a tummy tuck, thigh lift, buttock lift and liposuction in a unified approach to eliminate loose skin and excess fat from the lower body and tighten the abdominal muscles. Please discuss your concerns re sagging skin with Mr Timms as additional procedures (such as brachioplasty or breast lift) may be performed at the same time or spread out over several months.
Mr Timms encourages all clients to evaluate their expectations together with options able to be delivered with individual circumstances. Individual results vary though previous clients before and after photos can assist with making decisions as to results required.
Post Op Care
Your Hospital Stay
- pain relief will be prescribed for you by the anaesthetist during your stay in hospital. We will assist you in organising a post operative garment which you will be advised to wear for 6 weeks. This is a compression garment to manage swelling.
- REST is very important. It is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. Driving may be best avoided for 2-4 weeks.
- we will organise a post operative appt for you 7-10 days after surgery at which time the dressings will be removed, sutures will be trimmed and new dressings/tapes will be applied. We will discuss scar management, levels of activity and pain relief. Mr Timms’ nurse is available Mon-Fri for appointments and/or to discuss your concerns.