The body lift or circular dermolipectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing excess abdominal fat and fat after significant weight loss.

It is a surgery with heavy postoperative care but offering a quite spectacular improvement of the body shape.

Principles

A massive weight loss can sometimes be caused by a diet alone but most of the time, by a weight reducing surgery: gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy or Gastric Bypass.

The sagging skin of the abdomen fails to retract properly when losing weight.

This causes a drooping of the tissues which associates an anterior abdominal apron covering the pubis and a ptosis of the gluteus region.

The purpose of the body lift is to tighten the abdominal skin downwards and to lift the soft gluteal parts upwards.

The procedure removes a circular strip of skin 20 to 30 cm in height.

It begins with the posterior phase, patient lying on the belly.

Extensive liposuction is performed. This phase is intended to refine as much as possible the areas to be removed in order to practice only the excision of the skin and leave the deep lymphatic network underlying. An upper gluteal flap is often buried to restore the curve.

The patient is then turned over and an anterior abdominal plasty is performed after liposuction.

The intervention takes an average of 4 to 5 hours in total.

In Practice

A body lift is a surgery that requires careful preparation.

The weight must be stabilized for more than 6 months with a body mass index of less than 30. Tobacco must be completely stopped 1 month before surgery.

Iron or vitamin deficiencies related to bariatric surgery (bypass) should be corrected prior to surgery.

A consultation with an anesthetist is required at least 15 days before surgery. The doctor will check these points and may ask for additional advice (cardiologist for example).

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A 12-hour fasting period is required before surgery. A urinary catheter will be installed during anesthesia and will be removed the day after the surgery.

Hospitalization time varies on average from 3 to 5 days.

A restraining sheath and anti-thrombosis stockings must be worn at all times within 15 days.

The sitting position will not be allowed the first 2 days so as not to avoid pressure on the scar.

Scar treatments last an average of 15 days.

Return to work may be considered between 15 days and 3 weeks after surgery.

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What are the complications of a Body Lift?

A blood transfusion is required in about 5% of body lift cases.

The most feared complication is deep vein thrombosis (creation of a blood clot in the legs) with a possibility of pulmonary embolism (migration of this clot in the lung). Its frequency is greatly reduced by an early rise, the use of anti-thrombosis stockings and heparin bites.

A hematoma may also appear on the surgical site and may require surgery.

Finally, the most frequent complication is post-operative lymph effusion. When it is of great abundance, a puncture may be necessary. Moreover, it can cause an infection.

Is the body-lift reimbursed by health insurance?

Yes, the body lift can be covered after a massive weight loss. The reimbursement agreement is submitted to the consultation of the medical adviser of the health insurance which is solicited by a request for preliminary agreement given by your surgeon.

It should be noted that if you have already benefited from an abdominal plasty, bodylift cannot be reimbursed by health insurance.

How much does a Body Lift cost?

If the Body Lift is covered by the health insurance, our fees are 5000 €. Some of these may be taken care of by your complementary health insurance.

If the intervention is not covered, its total cost will be between 8000 and 10000 €.