Bodylifting – Cannes & Nice | Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon

INTRODUCTION

What are the objectives of a body lift?

A body lift, otherwise knowing as body lifting or circular abdominoplasty, is a procedure combining an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), a lift of the lateral surface of the thighs (hips) and a buttock lift, possibly enhanced using a buttock augmentation and remodelling procedure.

Which patients are candidates for a body lift?

A body lift is indicated in patients who present sagging and flat buttocks, a slackening of the skin on the external surfaces of the thighs and damaged abdominal skin (stretch marks on the tummy or abdominal apron). A body lift is usually performed after major weight loss, whether or not following weight loss surgery (gastric by-pass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band). To obtain the best result following a body lift, the pre-surgery weight must be stable for at least 6 months.

TECHNICAL PRINCIPLES OF A BODY LIFT

The body lift involves several operations:

Pre-operative drawings of the body lift

  • The surgeon performs several pre-operative mark-ups of the body, with the patient in a standing position

Posterior phase of the body lift

  • This concerns the buttock lift and the lateral surfaces of the thighs
  • The body lift starts in ventral decubitus (on the tummy)
  • The buttock lift is performed first. The buttock lift enables sagging buttocks (buttock ptosis) to be lifted. If the buttocks are flat, a buttock augmentation is performed using a remodelled dermo-fat flap to obtain an optimum contour.
  • Liposuction of the outer thigh is performed, followed a lift of the external surfaces of the thighs.
  • The scar from the body lift is placed under the bikini line.

Anterior phase of the body lift

  • The body lift is performed with the patient in dorsal decubitus (on their back).
  • A high-lateral tension abdominoplasty enables a tummy tuck to be performed in an intense and lasting manner, with optimum safety. Where diastasis is present, the large flat muscles are placed back in their correct position.
  • Adjustment of the tension of the abdominoplasty is performed with the patient in a semi-sitting position.
  • Drains are inserted at the end of the body lift.
  • The horizontal scar from the abdominoplasty is placed under the bikini line and meets the posterior scarring. There is a small scar around the navel. Therefore, scarring from a body lift is circular, due to which some refer to it as a circular abdominoplasty.
  • Further information: Abdominoplasty

POST-OPERATIVE EFFECTS AND RESULT

  • Moderate pain and discomfort when performing daily tasks: 21 days
  • Removal of the drains on the day the patient is discharged from the clinic
  • The result of the body lift is immediately visible but there is moderate swelling due to the oedema
  • Final result on figure: 6 to 12 months
  • Final appearance of scars: 12 months
  • No wire to be removed except for three stitches on the navel
  • Compression clothing (lipopanty) worn for: 4 weeks
  • Wearing of compression stockings: 14 days
  • Return to work: 21 days
  • Return to sports activities following body lift: 4 to 6 weeks
  • Photo showing example of body lift: Photo body lift

STATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER

If your plastic surgeon believes that a body lift is possible, a request for a prior agreement will be written. You will be called within 14 days following receipt of the email by the health insurer's medical board, which will make a decision. If the response is favourable, the body lift will be partially or totally covered, depending on your health insurance policy.

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RESULT OF A BODY LIFT AT 1 YEAR

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BUTTOCK LIFT
1. Scars hidden by bathing costume
2. Liposuction of the lateral faces of the thighs
3. Lift of the lateral faces of the thighs
4. Buttock lift +/- buttock augmentation

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HIGH TENSION ABDOMINOPLASTY
1. Liposuction of flanks and epigastrium
2. Scars hidden
3. Stomach lift from below

PRACTICALITIES

Consultations at the aesthetic surgeon's office in rue d'Antibes, Cannes

  • Aim: Circular lift of the waist and buttocks
  • Operation at the clinic in Cannes or Nice
  • Hospitalisation: two to five nights
  • Anaesthesia: general
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Time off work: 21 days
  • No stitches to remove
  • Wearing of panties: 1 month

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