Post Weight Loss Surgery

Body Lift

Plastic surgery
Post Weight Loss Procedure

A body lift procedure removes excess skin and tightens what is left behind. The procedure is usually aimed at a number of areas of the lower body simultaneously. The abdomen, outer thighs, hips, buttocks, and flanks may all be addressed depending on your particular goals.

Plastic surgery

Post Weight Loss Surgery Technique

The majority of procedures that can be performed in a body lift are listed under their individual headings. Dr Kumar will tailor your operation to encompass those procedures that can be safely done at the same time and those that may need to be staged.

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Post Weight Loss Surgery Recovery

A body lift procedure requires a general anaesthetic and most patients stay in hospital for between 3 and 5 days. While being relatively painless, there will be some discomfort due to the significant nature of this procedure but this is easily controlled by both intravenous and oral pain medication that will be prescribed for you. Most patients will return to light activities after approximately two weeks while strenuous activities should not be undertaken for at least eight weeks.

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Dr Rohit Kumar

Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)

His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).

He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.

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Plastic surgery

Post Weight Loss Surgery Risk

The risks of this procedure are the cumulative risks of the individual procedures undertaken ,but it should be noted that complications such as wound healing problems, infection and seroma formation are significantly higher than for the average cosmetic procedure.

The Risks include…

Breast Component
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Seroma accumulation under the breast
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Swelling and bruising around the breasts
  • Fat necrosis of the breast
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Temporary or permanent areas of numbness
  • Asymmetry of the breasts
  • Partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Need for further surgery to treat complications
  • Revisional surgery to correct any unevenness between the two sides
Arm Component
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Temporary numbness around the incision sites and the inner aspect of the arm
  • Arm movement may be restricted
  • Rarely the skin may not heal and a skin graft may be required
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Seroma (excess fluid ) may accumulate under the skin
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars may form
Abdomen Component
  • Infection of the wound
  • Bleeding
  • Incision site pain
  • Haematoma (blood clot)
  • Skin/flap/umbilicus loss requiring a skin graft
  • Seroma (excessive accumulation of fluid) may occur under the incision site
  • Temporary or permanent numbness of the incision site and surrounds
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Short term nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scar
Thigh/Leg Component
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Temporary numbness around the incision sites and the inner aspect of the thigh
  • Leg movement may be restricted
  • Rarely the skin may not heal and a skin graft may be required
  • A blood transfusion may be required
  • Seroma (excess fluid ) may accumulate under the skin
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars may form