People who have lost a substantial amount of weight after bariatric surgery, following pregnancy or from diet and exercise can experience excess, overly stretched skin on different parts of the body. These changes can also result from the effects of ageing as the skin loses thickness and elasticity, underlying support fat thins out and levels of collagen in the skin decrease. This sagging excess skin is not only a cosmetic problem, but can cause chafing and rashes as the skin rubs together.
Flabbiness in the abdomen alone can be treated with a tummy tuck or liposuction. However, a lower body lift (belt lipectomy) is an option when the problem is more circumferential, extending around the body to include the thighs, hips and buttocks. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, a lower body lift can involve a tummy tuck, thigh lift, buttock lift and liposuction in a unified approach to eliminate loose skin and excess fat from the lower body and tighten the abdominal muscles. Please discuss your concerns re sagging skin with Dr Timms as additional procedures (such as brachioplasty or breast lift) may be performed at the same time or spread out over several months.
Dr Timms encourages all clients to evaluate their expectations together with options able to be delivered with individual circumstances. Individual results vary though previous clients before and after photos can assist with making decisions as to results required.
You will wake after your surgery with dressings over your surgical site/s. Depending on the nature of the procedure you may also wake up with drainage tubes coming from your surgical site. These are removed with little discomfort when Dr Timms feels they are ready to be removed after your surgery. Nurses looking after you are trained to ensure that your recovery is smooth and that you are as comfortable as possible postoperatively. Our clinic nurse is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have whether you are recovering at home or within the hospital setting.
Dr Timms undertakes regular ward rounds, so he will be monitoring you very closely postoperatively.
Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief medication prescribed for you for discharge also.
An appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Dr Timms nurse in the rooms 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment is usually arranged for you at your consultation appointment with Dr Timms. Sometimes it is arranged by the nursing staff that discharge you from hospital. This depends on the nature of your procedure and the duration of your stay in hospital.
A soft surgical grade compression garment is usually indicated for breast, body and some facial procedures. These garments are to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks and can be removed for showering. These are specialised garments and we will advise you where to purchase these garments, how to wear the garments and what type you require when you book your procedure with Dr Timms. Many garments are claimable via your private health insurance depending on your level of cover and whether your procedure is medical or cosmetic.
You will need to be prepared to avoid driving for a period of anywhere between 1-3 weeks post surgery. The duration of this time depends on the nature of your surgery, medications you are taking for pain relief and your level of confidence behind the wheel post-surgery. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Dr Timms.