Body contouring procedures such as liposuction can make certain areas of the body smaller or “less full,” but if a truly more lifted, tighter, and youthful appearance is what you are looking for, then just as in facelift or tummy tuck surgery, both skin and fat must be removed and muscle tightened. The Complete Body Lift, such as the procedure featuring Dr. Ptak on Fox Channel 10, consists of a tummy tuck, buttock lift, inner and outer thigh lift, and liposuction of these areas – all in one sitting. Dr. Ptak has possibly performed more of these procedures than anyone in Arizona with a high rate of success and tremendous patient satisfaction.
Who is a Candidate?
The best candidates for a complete body lift are men or women who have lost a very large amount of weight or experienced a loss of skin elasticity of the inner/outer thigh, hip, abdominal, or buttock areas, possibly accompanied by a large fat deposit and loose skin or muscle tone that won’t respond to diet or exercise. For anyone whose skin area is saggy, has an orange peel, flabby and/or dimpled appearance and when the thigh appearance improves dramatically when you lift the lax skin. Anyone who is self-conscious about the lower body appearance can benefit from this procedure.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Ptak will show you what procedures are available to solve your particular problem. Wide variations in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible.
Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Lateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures if desired. Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars. A moderate amount of liposculpture can be performed in addition with acceptable risk and safety.
The procedure usually takes 4 – 10 hours, depending on the extent of work required. The patient is placed in a compression garment (similar to a long-line elastic support girdle) at the end of surgery to reduce swelling and assist in the natural shrinking and tightening of the skin. Smaller thigh lifts: initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication. Larger thigh lifts: one or two nights care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital are usually required. This allows for IV pain control, intravenous catheters, etc. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, strenuous activities are usually possible in 4-6 weeks, and almost all symptoms are gone in 4-6 months. Drains are usually necessary for 1-3 weeks.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result are: