Mid Body Lift
As the years go by, a person’s mid-section, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and hips, may begin to accumulate excess fat causing the surrounding skin to stretch, lose its elasticity and sag accordingly. To surgically address this reality, Dr. Marouk employs a technique known as Lipectomy to remove the excess fat and restore the sagging skin to a tighter, more youthful state.
In some cases Liposuction is used to remove the excess fat and in others, the patient loses the fat through diet and exercise. Either way, they are still left with sagging skin that, due to a loss in elasticity, fails to snap back into shape around the now smaller area that it covers.
Although the exact protocol varies with each patient, depending on desired outcome and body type, generally, the body-lift procedure calls for an incision along the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. In more aggressive cases, the incision circles completely around the waist and lower back.
After the excess skin and underlying fat is removed, the skin is sutured into a tighter position. The procedure can last anywhere from 3 to 7 hours under general anesthesia. As an extension of the full tummy tuck, the incision goes completely around the body lifting the skin from the underlying tissues.
Mid Body Lift Recovery
Sleeping propped up tends to provide patients with the most comfort at night, with prescription pain medication helping to minimize any residual discomfort. Patients return the day after surgery to remove all bandages and the abdominal binder is replaced to help control swelling and give support to the abdomen. Patients are providing with instructions regarding the drains on each side of hip bone area. Walking around the house to aide circulation is highly recommended. The sooner one stands straight up and without fear of “pulling or hurting something” the faster healing process begins. Most patients are comfortable talking two weeks off for a mid body lift.