What is a body lift?
A body lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. A body lift is not a surgical procedure for being overweight. Obese individuals who tend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they reach a stable weight.
The body lift procedure includes the following areas:
- Abdominal region
What to Expect
Patient goals and concerns are important, but body lifts can be limited to certain areas of the body. More extensive surgery may be required and can be staged in multiple procedures to further contour the body.
Body lift procedural steps
What happens during body lift surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
In order to assure patient comfort during the body lift procedure, the proper medications will always be given, the patient will be under general anesthesia and must have someone with them after discharge for the first 24 hours.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and surgical judgment.
A complete lower body lift treats the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure. A circumferential incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.
A combination of liposuction and surgical body lifts may be necessary to achieve an improved contour.
Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.
Step 4 – See the results
The results of a body lift are visible almost immediately. It may take as long as one to two years for the final results to fully develop.