A 360-body lift or full-body lift is a surgical operation for weight loss and figure contouring. This operation is a cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of excess fat from the body and creates a sharper and curved body figure. A 360-body lift aims to repair sagging skin caused by ageing, rapid weight loss or pregnancy and also to remove extra fat and skin from several areas of the body.
360-body lift is a more intensive alternative to normal liposuction. In traditional liposuction, the surgeon removes fat from one specific area, in 360-body lift the surgeon targets multiple areas with an excess of fat and skin and removes them to reshape the whole body.
It must be noted that a 360-body lift is not an operation for weight loss but it is used usually after bariatric surgeries, once the patient has achieved their body weight goal and wants to remove excess sagging skin due to large weight loss.
What is a 360-body lift?
A 360-body lift is a surgical operation that removes excess fat and skin from multiple areas of the body to reshape and contour the body figure. This operation is usually done after excessive weight loss due to strict diets but mostly after bariatric surgeries. 360-body lift is a combination of liposuction and skin excision.
The areas that are usually treated by a 360-body lift surgery are:
- Abdomen – excess skin is removed from the front of the abdomen and sometimes skin might be removed 360 degrees around the upper part of the body.
- Lower back and buttocks – excess skin is removed from the lower back, and buttocks are elevated and reshaped.
- Thighs – excess skin is removed from the inner side of the thighs and a thigh lift might be needed in addition.
Who is suitable for a 360-body lift?
A suitable candidate for 360-body lifting should have a body mass index of 30 or below, therefore clinically obese candidates are not ideal for this procedure.
The ideal candidate should be of good overall health, who do not suffer from serious health conditions that could increase the risk of adverse reactions and negatively affect healing following this operation.
Usually, people that have had bariatric surgeries for weight loss and have lost excessive weight might need to have a 360-body lift surgery to improve their physical appearance.
What to expect from a 360-body lift operation?
Before having the surgery, the specialist doctor will perform several check-ups and health assessments to make sure the patient is ready to have a safe operation. This involves an examination of the patient’s medical history regarding their overall health condition, allergies, any prescribed medication, and several tests will be carried out to ensure suitability for the procedure.
The doctor will also suggest ceasing smoking (if this applies) a few days before the operation and avoiding taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and any other medications that can increase the risk of bleeding. The day before the procedure, the patient will need to fast.
In addition, the patient will be provided with information about recovery plans; and several medications such as painkillers for the days following the procedure.
Once arriving at the clinic, the doctors/nurses will perform some health tests to ensure the patient is safe to undergo surgery. The steps of the surgery can be divided into the following:
- The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Once the anaesthesia and sedation are administrated the surgeon with the surgical team are ready to begin the cosmetic surgery.
- Depending on the areas that need skin excision and lifting, the surgeon will start by making incisions and removing the sagging skin while performing liposuction to reduce excess fat deposits.
- After the skin is stretched to the desirable extent, the surgeon cuts off the excess skin. The two remaining skin surfaces are stitched together using aesthetic stitches.
- The stitches will be strategically placed to create aesthetic results and contour the body figure.
- Drains are placed in the treated areas for the fluids to be collected during the surgery.
- After the operation, bandages and a corset are placed on the whole body (abdomen, buttocks, thighs) to keep the stitches tight and aid healing of the surgical sites.
- The surgery lasts for about 5 to 7 hours depending on the number and size of the targeted sites.
- The patient will stay at the clinic overnight and for the following day.
What is the recovery process of a 360-body lift?
Once the surgery is done, the patient will be closely monitored by the healthcare team to ensure that there are no complications. The patient will most likely need to take medications to relieve pain caused by the stitches and reduce any discomfort.
The recommended diet after the surgery includes fluids and liquid foods. The corset is recommended to be used for 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. Drains and stitches will be removed after a few days or weeks in a follow-up appointment with the surgeon.
Most patients can return to work after about 10 days, depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s general health.
What are the benefits of having a 360-body lift?
People that have lost excessive weight and want to reduce sagging skin are promised impressive results of having 360-body lifting. The benefits can be related to a better physical appearance and improved mental and physical health.
The benefits of a whole-body lifting surgery are:
- Instant results in the physical appearance of the body
- Impressive results in body image
- Smoother, firmer and younger skin
- Lifted and stretched body figure
- Improvement of hygiene issues in the problematic areas
- Self-dissolving stitches
- Self-confidence boosting
What are the possible risks of a 360-body lift?
General risks of a surgical operation include bleeding, infections, pain and reaction to anaesthesia. Although, some more risks or complications related to the 360-body lift surgery include:
- Wound infection or bleeding
- Blood clots
- Delayed healing
- Fluid accumulation
- Skin or fat necrosis
- Looser skin in the treated areas
What is the cost of a 360-body lift?
A full-body lifting or 360-body lift surgery is customised according to the patient’s body and needs. The cost of full-body lift surgeries usually starts from £11,750 in the UK. The price can vary a lot depending on the patient’s case, the extent of the surgery, the surgeon and the hospital facility. Cosmetic surgeries are not available on the NHS.