Body Lift Surgery | Dr Geoffrey Barnett | Melbourne
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Body Lift Surgery

Body Lift Surgery in Melbourne VIC

A body lift (body contouring procedures) can help reduce excess loose skin. Loose skin occurs as a result of dramatic weight loss. The over-stretched dermal layer has not adapted to a smaller body size. Having excess folds of skin after weight loss is a common problem, and one that leading Plastic Surgeon Dr Geoff Barnett can assist you with resolving through procedures that include abdominoplasty/tummy tucks, arm reductions, thigh lifts and liposuction as well as male breast reduction for Gynecomastia).

Am I a Good Candidate for Body Surgery?

  • Do you have pockets of fat in your abdominal area?
  • Are you suffering from skin irritation due to sagging skin in your arms and legs?
  • Do you feel that your body has undergone significant changes due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging?
  • If you are bothered by these conditions, body surgery might benefit you. These procedures offer a long-term cosmetic solution and may help boost your self-esteem.

During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your condition, body type, health history, treatment goals, and expectations to determine if a full body surgery is right for you. In general, you are a good candidate for the procedure if:

  • You are bothered by the appearance of a certain part of your body.
  • You are physically healthy.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have low self-esteem.
  • You have pockets of fat in your abdomen.
  • You have realistic expectations.
  • You have sagging or loose skin in your arms, abdomen, thighs, or other parts of your body.
  • You have a stable weight.

What are the Benefits of Body Surgery?

Whether it’s a tummy surgery or torso surgery, undergoing body surgery can give you the following benefits:

  • Better body proportion
  • Firmer arms and thighs
  • Flatter, well-defined abdomen
  • Improved body posture
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved sexual function
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Lower chance of skin infection
  • Lower risk of skin irritation due to sagging skin
  • More clothing options
  • More masculine chest
  • Reduced stretch marks
  • Smoother, radiant, younger-looking skin
  • Well-toned appearance of your body

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How Long Do You Have to Wait After Weight Loss Before Having Plastic Surgery?

Once the patient’s weight has stabilised for 12 months there may be secondary folds or flaps of tissue affecting all parts of the body.

Surgeons call this procedure a  “body lift” surgery because it helps remove sagging skin folds and tightens the skin. As a result, this gives a firmer appearance and restores more natural body contours. Dr Barnett recommends body contouring surgery after extreme weight loss.

Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss

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If you’ve lost a lot of weight after major lifestyle changes or after Bariatric procedures including Gastric Banding or Gastric sleeves, you may be considering Body Contouring procedures including liposuction and excess skin reduction (excision) to restore a firmer physique.

Once the patient’s weight has stabilised for 12 months there may be secondary folds or flaps of tissue affecting all parts of the body.

Most commonly redundant flaps of skin and fat affect the lower abdomen and not infrequently may encircle the body affecting the back as well. It also commonly affects the upper inner arms and upper inner thighs.

Body Lift involves various combinations of surgery and liposuction in order to restore body contour to these areas. Depending on the amount of tissue that is to be removed the operations may be performed as a whole or sometimes sequentially. There is a limit to surgery advised at any one particular operation.

Occasionally, weight loss affects the breasts, face and neck. Your surgeon may address these areas with a breast reduction or mastopexy, that is skin reduction with breast reshaping. Sometimes you require an augmentation mammoplasty to achieve a more pleasing breast contour.

A face and neck lift gives excellent rejuvenation to the face following weight loss procedures.

To schedule your confidential consultation for body contouring surgery with Dr Geoff Barnett, one of Melbourne’s leading plastic surgeons or phone us during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1467.

Body Lift Before and After Images

Arm reduction surgery is one of the popular body contouring procedures by men and women.

arm lift, arm reduction, arm lipo, brachioplasty

Combined procedures can help restore your body to a more normal, natural-looking contour, as in the example below. For more photos of body contouring procedures please send an enquiry form to arrange a visit with Dr Geoff Barnett.

Before Body Lift

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After Body Lift

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Actual patient of Mr Geoffrey Barnett above. Patient images used with permission.

Recovery after Body Lift Surgery

The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.

The general rule, however, is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your Body Lift surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. You will be required to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time a surgeon advises.

Naturally, there will be a little bruising and swelling for few days after surgery. Often to our patients’ surprise, discomfort after a Body Lift is uncommon but we still prescribe painkillers to optimise your comfort. Dissolving stitches are used under the skin-these don’t leave markings and do not have to be removed.

Light office duties or other tasks may be resumed in about 2 weeks for most patients, however this can vary. Longer periods are often required before resuming certain lifting or exercising activities – ask your Surgeon how long before you can start exercising, lifting children or grandchildren, and other heavy lifting or strenuous activities. No heavy lifting for several weeks to a few months.

We will arrange weekly appointments with our specialist nursing team after the procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress. You will see your consultant six to eight weeks later. It’s important to relax when you get home and avoid stretching, pulling, heavy lifting or hard exercise for at least six weeks.

The clinic will also advise you about using post-op garments. Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. Follow instructions given to you by your Surgeon, and attend all post-operative appointments. Remember to follow post-op instructions precisely for a faster recovery.

In general, gentle walking is typically able to be resumed in a few days after surgery. Your Surgeon will advise you, depending on which type of exercise you’re wanting to perform. Running, high impact or strenuous exercises need to be avoided until the time your surgeon says it’s okay.

How can Body Lift Scars be minimised?

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.

We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.

You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later to begin scar minimisation treatments.

The Coco Ruby dermal team also conducts follow-up treatments to minimise your scars using a customised selection of Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Healite II LED and skin needling.

Silicone strips and gels can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!

Risks and Complications of Body Lift Surgery

Like all surgical procedures, Body Lift surgery has risks and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation and how these can be avoided, including:

  • Skin or wound infection
  • Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
  • Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
  • Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
  • Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
  • Other risks of surgery in general such as having anaesthesia, circulatory risks and bleeding
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities

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FAQ about Body Lift Surgery

Can you have multiple body surgeries at the same time? – Combination Body Surgery

  • Some body surgeries can be performed at the same time with minimal risks. However, other surgeries that are performed at once can increase your risk of developing problems and other complications. To ensure your safety, consult with a top surgeon with vast experience in body contouring surgeries. For further body contouring options by Dr Barnett, send an enquiry form today (click the button at the bottom of this page).

How much is a Body Lift in Melbourne?- Prices and cost

All Surgery is customised and your surgeon will give you a price for surgery depending on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.

After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

We can also provide information on Body Lift Payment Plan, Finance, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.


Consultation with Dr Geoffrey Barnett

Dr Geoffrey Barnett is highly sought by patients throughout Victoria for his surgical skills in face and neck surgery, breast augmentation using implants, and body contouring techniques including excess skin reduction procedures for post-weight loss patients or patients who lost weight via Bariatric surgery.

He also works closely with Dermal Clinicians and Cosmetic Injecting Clinicians for anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, as well as skin rejuvenation using lasers and peels for a full-body, face and skin rejuvenation option.

If you’re wanting an experienced Surgeon who is caring, empathetic and easy to talk to – then look no further than Dr Barnett, one of Melbourne’s most established Specialists for plastic and cosmetic surgery of the breast, face, nose or body.

If you are considering breast enlargement surgery using breast implants, a breast lift, breast reduction, reconstruction or armpit-incision breast augmentation procedure, you’ve come to the right place – the main website of a very experienced, caring, patient-focused Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgery Specialist with full qualifications such as FRACS, ISAPS, ASPS and others.  Dr Geoff Barnett is based in Hawthorn, Melbourne (convenient to many Inner Eastern and Bayside suburbs, including Toorak, Kew, Camberwell, Bentleigh, Brighton and surrounds).  Dr Barnett attracts plastic surgery and breast surgery patients from all over Victoria. He is highly experienced and well-respected for his honesty and patient care ethics including stellar post-op healing patient care and scar minimisation techniques.

Dr Geoff Barnett is also known for his skilled plastic surgery approach for Trans-axillary Breast Implant surgery (Asian Breast Enlargement Surgery), which is an armpit incision option for patients who have potential keloid scarring concerns (due to having more melanin in their skin).

IF you prefer to ask about these procedures instead of browsing our Cosmetic Plastic Surgery pages for the top-requested Breast Surgeries, you can also phone a Patient Care Coordinator on (03) 8849 1467 during clinic hours. OR click the button at the lower end of this page to send an enquiry via email.

We look forward to assisting you with restoring, reconstructing, reducing, enlarging or firming and uplifting your breasts so that you can feel more body confident in social situations, intimate relationships, even when you’re clothes shopping or searching for a great swimsuit or new bras.

What to do next?

Our Patient coordinators can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.

Phone (03) 8849 1444Email us or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Coordinator.

Medical Disclaimer
This web site is not intended as a substitute for your own independent health professional’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider within your country or place of residency with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Additionally, this information is of a general nature and surgery results vary from patient to patient.
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