Get rid of loose, excess skin with a body lift in Phuket. Major weight loss can still leave you feeling self-conscious and unable to wear the clothes you want as your skin may be stretched and loose. Surgery is expensive, but in Phuket you can save a considerable sum, and take advantage of beautiful, relaxing surroundings in which to recuperate.
Full body lift surgery is a major operation which offers the most dramatic transformation of all. It’s performed by a plastic surgeon under intravenous sedation or general anesthetic to removes excess fat and loose, sagging skin which often follows considerable weight loss, in particular on the abdomen/waist, breasts, upper arms and lower and upper back. It also removes tissue to help elevate certain areas which have descended over time due to gravity, weight loss or pregnancy. The body lift improves the shape and tone of the body and the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.
A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy concentrates on the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks, it’s a good option if you’re close to your ideal weight. The upper body lift improves the breast, upper arms and back at bra-line level.
Your skin may lose elasticity for numerous reasons, not just weight fluctuation, sometimes it’s genetic, pregnancy, age or sun damage that causes sagging, leading to severe discomfort, restriction of mobility, distress, rashes, infection and painful chafing. This is particularly common on the inner thighs, armpits and stomach - and sometimes leads to you having to go up a size or two in your normal clothes size to accommodate excess flesh.
A total body procedure can include several individual components: repositioning of the belly button, liposuction, thigh lift, lifting and repositioning the skin on the buttocks which may be low, flat or uneven.
Most people consider coming to Phuket for body lift surgery simply because they can’t afford it at home. Even though traveling overseas for surgery may seem intimidating, providing you choose wisely there is no reason why your surgery will be any less successful than it is at home.
Many Thai surgeons have trained overseas, with qualifications from Europe, Japan and the United States. Many are also likely to be members of international organizations, including the International Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Medical Departures understands the importance of choosing a good surgeon, whose credentials can be verified. We carry out our own checks with onsite visits, surgeon qualifications, professional memberships and online testimonials all coming under our scrutiny. Only those we would be happy to go to ourselves are listed on our site, so you can get your body lift in Phuket with complete confidence when you book with us.
Depending on expectations, the body lift is different for every client and will be tailored to your needs. It is considered a demanding surgical procedure and depending on the amount and location of the excess skin to be removed, it will involve extensive incisions. Most surgeons will strategically locate the scarring in a ‘bikini’ pattern which takes care of the groin, waist, abdomen, thighs and buttocks in one procedure. The incision around the body allows the removal of the apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens the underlying tissues. The scarring which is left can usually be covered with most types of clothing including swimwear.
Whether you opt for the lower, upper or full body lift, it will vastly alter your life, your outlook, your ability to take part in everyday activities which will have been previously out of reach.
The body lift is a major procedure and isn’t something to be undertaken without a great deal of thought and consideration. As multiple areas of the body are involved you will experience some discomfort, especially for the first week following the procedure. You will be given pain medication but will feel stiff, out-of-sorts and may find it difficult to get comfortable.
You may have wound drains inserted to remove fluid from the incision sites, and this may make things even more difficult. Gradually, over the course of the next month, you will feel a little bit every day, but it may be up to 6 weeks before the stiffness and soreness has resolved completely. You will need to take things very easy, and it could be several months before you can take on strenuous activities, and up to 2 years before you have fully healed.
The average cost of a body lift in Phuket is around AUD $6,300 (GBP £3,000; US $4,300; €4,000) compared to $35,000 in Australia (UK £170,00; US $24,000, EUR €22,000)
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