If you're ready to feel more confident about the shape of your body, a body lift in Costa Rica is a great way to improve your appearance while enjoying a tropical getaway before your procedure.
Body lift surgery can include a number of procedures, all designed to meet the individual needs of the patient. For instance, this surgery might include a tummy tuck along with toning and shaping the back, thighs, and buttocks. In an upper body lift, the breasts, chest, and/or middle back might be targeted for contouring. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, the procedure might involve a lower body lift, upper body lift, or both for a total body lift.
The goal of a body lift is to remove excess skin, cellulite, or sagging fatty tissue. Both men and women can benefit from this procedure. Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight often choose this procedure to eliminate sagging skin following weight loss that no amount of exercise can correct. Many women also opt to have a body lift performed to help tone their bodies after childbearing.
In the last few years, Costa Rica has become well known for its pristine beauty, commitment to conservation, and warm culture. Additionally, this Latin American country has also developed a reputation for offering first-class medical care. In fact, you will find there are many top board- certified surgeons in Costa Rica. Just a short plane ride away, Costa Rica is quite Americanized and is home to three Joint Commission International accredited hospitals.
While healthcare facilities in Costa Rica are typically top-notch, it's still important to take your time to do some research if you are planning to travel there for a body lift.
At Medical Departures, we understand the importance of this decision and are committed to helping you make the most informed decision possible. Unlike the yellow pages, we do not include every physician or medical facility. Instead, we take the time to carefully vet facilities and surgeons.
That vetting process includes verifying qualifications and professional memberships. We also want to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises, so we conduct legal and criminal background checks. While qualifications are certainly important, so is the total experience, so we also conduct real patient reviews and onsite visits so that we can actually attest to how things are done. Only when we are completely satisfied with our findings do we include clinics on our list.
When traveling to Costa Rica for a body lift, patients should expect the procedure to take between four and eight hours, depending on the number of procedures to be performed. The surgery itself is performed under general anesthesia.
The surgeon will make an incision just above the outer thighs and buttocks in a lower body lift. Next, excess skin will be removed. The surgeon will also reshape and contour the underlying tissue. Finally, the area will be closed using sutures.
If the procedure is to include a tummy tuck, an incision will be made around the navel and above the pubic area. After removing any excess skin and tissue, the surgeon will tighten the stomach muscles. Depending on the patient, liposuction may also be necessary.
An incision along the bra line will be made in an upper body lift. This type of procedure usually includes the removal of any rolls of fat, often referred to as 'love handles' along the waist and back.
If a total body lift is to be performed, it may be necessary to break the surgery up into multiple procedures in order to reduce the risk of complications.
Since a body lift procedure is considered a major surgery, you should plan ample time for recovery. Many patients traveling to Costa Rica for a body lift plan to spend time seeing the sights prior to having their surgery performed. Plan to spend up to three nights in the hospital following your procedure. Patients often have drainage tubes for up to two weeks after surgery to help with swelling. You may also be required to wear a medical compression garment for some time after your procedure. Patients usually need to restrict their activities following a body lift for up to six weeks.
The average cost of a body lift in Costa Rica is about $9,000 (EUR €8,174, GBP £6,420, AUD $12,475) compared to an average cost of $20,000 (EUR €18,164, GBP £14, 268, AUD $27,723) in the United States
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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.