There are a variety of body lift procedures available. It all depends on which is best for you and which areas are of concern to you. It can include the abdomen, thighs, buttock, back, flanks and the arms. Patients do often have the lower body and upper body done in 2 stages.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss your concerns and what sort of out come you would like. He will discuss your medical history such as any past surgery or medical conditions we need to be aware of and any medication you take, he will discuss lifestyle factors such as what you do for work and exercise. He will assess you to ensure you are a suitable candidate, and will then determine the best course of treatment. There are different options for this procedure, he will explain them and advise which he feels is best for you. He will discuss the risks associated with this procedure, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. Once you have seen him you will see his Personal Assistant Georgie, she will discuss the costs and booking procedures.
On the day of surgery you will admit to the hospital in the morning, 2 hours prior to your surgery. Dr Ritz will see you again and draw pre operative markings on you. You will then have a consultation with the anaesthetist, this procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. Incisions are made in the areas that are being done, the excess tissue and skin is removed, liposuction is performed also to remove any residual fatty deposits. Drain tubes are placed to remove any excess fluid.
Depending on the areas done, you are required to stay in hospital 3-7 days.
Before you leave hospital, your drains are removed and you will be fitted with a compression garment that you need to wear day and night for 6 weeks.
Following surgery, you are unable to drive for the first 2-3 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for at least the first 6 weeks.
You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for at least 6 weeks. You are required to come in for dressings regularly over the first 4 weeks.
**Individual results will vary based on factors such as genetics, age, diet and exercise. The outcome experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes that other people may experience.
All surgery carries risks. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, numbness, asymmetry. All surgery requires a recovery period and post operative care. This will be all discussed in further detail during your consultation**
Morris Ritz is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
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