The Side Effects of Body Lift Surgery

A body lift surgery can be life changing. After major weight loss, only body contouring and sculpting surgeries can get rid of the loose skin and stretch marks left behind. The results of a body lift can be dramatic, as many of Dr. Mark Deuber’s patients at his Dallas, TX plastic surgery center can attest.

It’s important for prospective patients to realize that a body lift is a major surgery, one that may require three to four weeks off from work. There are a number of important side effects to consider as patients heal, which we’d like to go over right now.

Side Effects Are Part of Healing

It’s important to distinguish between side effects and complications. Side effects are your body’s normal response to trauma, which includes surgical procedures. Complications are unwanted issues that indicate a serious health problem during the recovery process.

If you notice undue pain, discomfort, or a worsening of side effects as you heal, be sure to bring this to your surgeon’s attention as soon as possible. This will allow potential problems to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain is to be expected after undergoing any sort of surgery. The soreness that patients experience after a body lift will often be most pronounced in the first days of recovery. Surgeons will generally prescribe pain medication to help manage the soreness in the early stages of healing. Patients should take these pain killers as directed. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used if needed when the pain is less severe.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are also common after surgery, affecting any parts of the body that have been operated on. Major bruising will usually last for about two weeks, with residual discoloration lasting for another two to three weeks after that. Major swelling tends to subside after two to three weeks, with residual swelling subsiding after another two weeks. Minor-to-mild swelling may persist for a few weeks after this period.

Drainage from the Incision Sites

Surgical drains are placed after a body lift in order to prevent excessive swelling and fluid accumulation, especially around the abdomen and torso. Patients will be asked to monitor and empty these drains to help with the healing process. Usually the drains are removed by your surgeon after two to three weeks.

Numbness and Tingling Around Incisions

Along the incision sites, it’s common for patients to notice some occasional numbness and tingling. This will last for several weeks as the tissue and nerves heal. As time passes, sensations of numbness and tingling will be less of an issue.

Attend Follow-up Visits with Your Surgeon

Body lift patients will undergo periodic follow-up visits with their surgeon in order to have their healing monitored. Be sure to attend all of these follow-up visits as scheduled in order to ensure proper recovery and to have your side effects checked.

Scarring after Body Lift Surgery

Scarring is a reality after any kind of surgery. With a body lift, there may be a number of scars, the most notable of which will be located around the lower abdominal area. While the scarring will appear discolored in the first weeks after surgery, it will heal and become less of an issue in the years ahead, fading with time.

While the scars will never completely go away, they can be concealed with undergarments, bathing suits, and everyday attire. All efforts will be made to keep the scarring as discreet as possible.

Learn More about Body Contouring Surgery

For more information about body lifts and other options for contouring and sculpting, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon today. Our team looks forward to your visit and helping you make the right choices for your aesthetic needs.


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