American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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steenslaw
6 months ago
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Full body lift

When I have read about full body lifts, they are separated into upper and lower body. Can both upper and lower body be done at the same time? What things would a person want to consider for that type of extensive surgery?

Procedure: Body Lift
Location: Aloha, OR

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Karim Benitez-Marchand
ASPS Surgeon

Both can be performed at the same time however Patient selection based on Medical, Surgical history And the physical exam are Key. Also Surgeons preferences and experience will affect the decision making process

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Chao-Chuan Wu
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Yes the most important things are the experienced and skillful doctor and have enough expense, and psychologically well prepared .

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Chao-Chuan Wu
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Yes the most important things are the experienced and skillful doctor and have enough expense, and psychologically well prepared .

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Michelle Copeland
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for sharing! There are various things that need to be considered for this type of surgery such as the patient’s past surgical and medical history, current health conditions, weight, age, expectations and readiness to proceed with the surgery. It will also depend on the surgeon’s recommendations and techniques used for these types of procedures. Upper body lifts can consist of procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck. Typical candidates for a full tummy tuck are women and men who've lost a great deal of weight and older people with loose skin due to age. You want to make sure that the surgeon is skilled and experienced and can show you before and after photos of their previous work with respect to these surgeries. The surgeon will determine what the best and safest route will be for the patient to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. I suggest making an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

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Miguel Alejandro Portes Castro
ASPS Int. Surgeon

I have been doing massive weight loss surgery for 12 years. I don’t recommend at all doing the upper and lower body lift at the same time for many reasons: 1. The inflammatory response would be huge and very traumatic for the patient

2 The surgery time is a critical aspect for the patient recuperation and if a team pretend to perform both procedures it might take to many hours, independently how much can surgeons be adapted

3 Blood loss could be much more than expected, transfusions might be needed, that means extra danger for the patient

4 each one of these procedures are fulfilled with extra details, so try to reach a perfect result would be difficult

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Eugene Cherny
ASPS Surgeon

In my practice doing both at the same time is too much. anesthesia too long without a postoperative admission, and too much fatigue upon the surgeon. realize the lower body lift is a extended tummy tuck and a butt/thigh lift at the same time, beginning with the patient prone and then flipping to on their back. its at least five hours long. the upper body lift is a breast lift with tuck of the arms and the side of the chest, in one continuous incision. that is equally lengthy. Recently leading plastic surgeons have recommended dividing things into more surgical sessions. However, the position of ASPS is that the maximum amount of surgery, safely done as an outpatient, is six hours worth. how healthy or athletic a patient is, going into the surgery, is a big factor.

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