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Body lift surgery, also called a torsoplasty or belt lipectomy, removes large skin folds and fat from several areas. This includes the hips, outer upper thighs, lower abdomen, and upper buttocks. The goal of a full body lift is to remove skin and fat from multiple areas in order to improve the body’s overall contour. This operation is for men and women who have lost a large amount of weight and wish to remove extra skin.

The procedure works best on people who are already at or very close to their ideal weight. If you are planning to lose weight, Dr Andrew Broadhurst in Brisbane is happy to consult with you on what a suitable goal weight and how best to achieve it.

Common Reasons for a Body Lift

Body contouring surgery is often completed in stages, targeting one area at a time. However, owing to modern techniques, we are now able to achieve the results of multiple procedures in one surgery. It addresses the thighs, hips, back, and lower stomach area.

Weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy, and age can lead to loose skin and fat around the midsection. As a result, patients who see the best results are generally those who have undergone massive weight loss. It can also benefit people who have loose skin due to pregnancy or ageing. Benefits of a full body lift can include:

  • Removal of loose skin
  • Creating a smoother body contour
  • Removes skin irritation and rashes
  • Makes exercise easier

This surgery is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Rather, body lift surgery aims to remove extra skin and stubborn fat that cannot be removed with diet and exercise. This is also not a procedure for women who are planning to have children. You should only seek this surgery if you are not planning on being pregnant in the future.

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Your Initial Consultation

In order to determine if you are a good candidate for this surgery, you will have an initial appointment with Dr Broadhurst. This will take place via FaceTime. You will discuss things such as your medical history and concerns about your body. You will also undergo a body assessment to make sure both you and your surgeon are clear on which areas of fat and skin will be removed. It is important to mention any past surgeries or current medications. After this meeting, you will have a clear idea of what to expect during and after your surgery. This includes the early recovery period.

Your Second Consultation

Your second consultation will take place at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay or Bundaberg locations. We will review your surgical treatment plan to make sure you have a complete grasp of the torsoplasty procedure and what to expect. You will have the opportunity to clarify any concerns and ask any further questions. Dr Broadhurst prides himself on taking the utmost care to ensure patients feel confident with their surgery selection.


What to expect during your procedure?

The surgery takes place at a hospital under a general anaesthetic. It will take about two to three hours, but this can depend on how much skin you are having removed. Patients generally stay in the hospital for at least two nights and should have someone there to take them home. You may hear this procedure referred to as a “circumferential body lift” because it addresses the entire circumference of the torso.

The surgery removes the large fold or “apron” of skin and fat on the lower belly. Your surgeon will try to place incisions in areas that are discrete and easily covered by clothes. He will remove excess flank and upper buttock skin, creating a buttock and lateral thigh lift. The belly button is repositioned in the same way as in a tummy tuck. Although each surgery follows a similar structure, Dr Broadhurst will tailor your procedure to suit your body and ideal results. The different types of body lift surgeries include:

Lower Body Lift

Lower body lift surgery, on the other hand, focuses on the lower half of the body. It mainly addresses the thighs, hips, and buttocks. This option can be ideal for patients who are concerned about sagging skin due to age, weight loss, or pregnancy.

Full body Lift

A full body lift, also known as a 360 body lift, is a combination of procedures. It removes excess fat and skin from both the upper and lower midsection, free from unshapely bulges and sagging skin. The process removes skin from the abdomen, hips, waist, buttocks, and thighs. Given that this is an extensive process, patients will need more recovery time.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Brisbane?

The decision to have a torsoplasty is very personal, and costs can play a large determining role. This body contouring surgery is an extensive surgery that requires a number of incisions and often a long recovery time. Every patient has different needs according to their health, body concerns, and goals. Therefore, costs can vary widely from patient to patient.

We must take a number of factors into account when outlining costs. This can include hospital, surgeon, and anaesthetist feesc, as well as the cost of medication and aftercare. If you need a torsoplasty for health reasons related to massive weight loss or bariatric surgery, it might be possible to have some of the costs covered by Medicare. However, this support is only open to people who fulfil specific requirements. If you have further questions about costs, we can clarify them during your consultation.


Body Lift Recovery

After your surgery, your wounds will be bandaged and drainage tubes will be placed under the skin to prevent fluid build-up. It is common to feel a little dizzy and disorientated due to the anaesthesia and pain medications. Most patients stay in the hospital for 2 days. It is advised that you have someone you trust there to get you home safely.

The recovery after body lift surgery is around four to six weeks. During recovery, you may have some discomfort and find it difficult to perform everyday tasks. Dr Broadhurst will ensure that pain management is built into your recovery and that you are well informed about what to expect. He will give you specific instructions to help you care for your incisions and optimise the healing process. Additionally, we recommend that you get someone to help you manage lifting, taking care of small children, and other tasks around the home. Your aftercare instructions may include:

  • Keeping your incisions clean and dry
  • Minimising your movement by lying down
  • Maintaining your wound dressings and drains
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise
  • Wear compression garments
  • Report any unusual symptoms or bleeding to your surgeon

After about one week, you can start performing light tasks and resume driving. Within two weeks, you’ll be able to get back to work. Finally, after six weeks, you should be able to return to all of your previous physical activities. This includes exercising, although it may take time to build up your previous strength. Patients can enjoy the full results of their body contouring surgery after about three months.

Procedure Risks & Complications

You should be aware of both the risks and benefits of your desired procedure before you go ahead. It is normal to feel some discomfort after your surgery, along with swelling and bruising. Some patients also feel some temporary numbness around their incisions. These symptoms are usually not anything to be concerned about and will fade as your body heals.

Significant side effects and complications are less common but can include:

  • Wound infection, causing pain and swelling
  • Bleeding/Haeomatoma
  • Seroma
  • Necrosis
  • Poor wound healing
  • Muscle soreness
  • Persisting stretch marks
  • Prominent scar
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Skin irregularities (dog ears)
  • Malposition of umbilicus (belly button)
  • Fat necrosis
  • Suture irritation/reaction
  • Pubic hair may be elevated
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • DVT/PE
  • Swelling/bruising
  • Reactions to anaesthesia such as nausea
  • Asymmetry in some areas of the body
  • Injury to underlying muscles
  • Numbness around the operated site
  • Reoccurrence of loose skin
  • Death
  • Further surgery to address complications

You may need to have follow-up appointments with Dr Broadhurst and nurses, in order to ensure your body is healing properly. If other issues arise, you will be seen at other times if necessary. Adhering to your aftercare plan will help minimise your risks and encourage a good recovery. In the rare case that a significant complication occurs, you should seek medical attention or contact us as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for a body lift?

Generally, good candidates for this procedure are men and women who are physically healthy, at their ideal weight, and are concerned about excess skin. The procedure is best for people who have unwanted skin and fat on various areas of the body that does not respond to diet and exercise.

What does a body lift include?

A torsoplasty is a combination of procedures. It usually includes an outer thigh lift, butt lift and tummy tuck, along with others. Different patients have different concerns for their bodies, so the exact incisions will depend on your condition and goals for surgery.

What should I do before surgery?

Before undergoing surgery, you should maintain your health and fitness as much as possible. This will help reduce risks and promote healthy healing. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking and check with your surgeon about your medications since some may need to be stopped. Patients should be at their ideal weight before surgery to achieve the best results.

Will I have scars after a body lift?

Patients should expect to have scars after surgery. Dr Broadhurst will take care to place scars in discreet areas; however, they may still be noticeable. It is important to discuss the position of scars with your surgeon to ensure you have realistic expectations. Scars will become less prominent over time and may take a year to fully fade.
You will also be provided with silicone gel that can be applied once our nurses have reviewed you at 2 weeks post surgery.

How long will I take to recover?

This is an extensive surgery, which means it is important to take time to rest and allow your body to recover. It may take six to eight weeks to be able to resume your normal activities. Your surgeon will give you instructions for taking care of your incisions and preventing infection.

How long does a body lift last?

Results of a body lift are permanent in the sense that the selected skin and fat are permanently removed. However, your health and lifestyle can have an effect on how long your results last. Large weight gain or loss can affect the shape of your body and thus impact the outcome of your body lift.