While these procedures are known to be effective, it is important for one to note that there are potential risks and side-effects that accompany these types of procedures. In order to be considered for this type of procedure, there are a variety of things that a patient must do. These procedures require that the patient commit to a weight loss program for, typically, about eighteen months before the procedure and for a significant amount of the recovery period. On average, from the start to finish, these types of processes usually take about three years from first appointment to final appointment.
In addition, it is also important for the patient to be educated about the procedure that they are undergoing. A body lifting type of operation can typically take about ten hours to complete under general anesthesia and may require that the patient receive a blood transfusion. A surgeon may advise a patient to not undergo this type of procedure if a patient is over fifty percent of his or her ideal body weight, has difficult scars, heart disease, bleeding disorders, or if a patient smokes.