The body lift procedure is designed to treat excess fat and saggy skin of the torso, hip and thigh regions. Classically, these patients have a pear-shaped body and accumulate fat and excess skin in the mid to lower abdominal area, flanks, back, hips and outer thighs. Frequently, severe sagginess is identified in the hips and outer thigh area, which is effectively lifted and repositioned into a more aesthetic and youthful position with this procedure. Any sagginess that occurs in the pubic region and genitalia is also treated at the time of body lift. Several weeks before surgery, all patients receive an extensive medical and metabolic analysis. The day before surgery, patients are asked to come into the office for markings. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to completely mark and prepare a patient for the next day's surgery. Once marked, the special ink used will not come off and patients can take a shower with Hibiclens® to reduce the chances of infection. These markings are reinforced with the same ink pen the morning of surgery.
Dr. Soueid performs body lift procedures in a hospital setting and keeps patients in the facility overnight. All patients are expected to walk the evening of surgery. The next morning, a soft diet is started only after the patient gets out of bed and walks 20 paces.