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Body Lift: Our Approach 

The body lift procedure is usually done on the patient who has lost a large amount of weight, often following a weight-loss procedure, but may be appropriate for anyone who has lost a lot of weight.

This surgical procedure is an extension of an abdominoplasty, in that the incision is continued around the posterior (back) trunk.


Often referred to as a “belt lipectomy.” In contrast to the abdominoplasty, which tightens the abdominal skin in a downward direction, the direction of pull in the posterior part of the surgery is upward, thereby lifting the buttocks and outer thighs. The procedure also removes excess fat and skin of the back, hips and flanks, that can be resistant to diet and exercise.

Body-lift can be done as a single procedure or in two separate surgeries. This is most commonly done as a single procedure, which addresses both front and back. The abdominoplasty is done first , and at a later surgery, the posterior lift is carried out. Although a single procedure is more convenient , patients should understand that two separate procedures may have certain advantages. This two-stage approach can be safer, with an easier recovery(s), and reduced hospitalization.

As with any other plastic surgery, a body-lift is not a “routine” procedure and must be individualized. To obtain information and recommendations specific to your individual situation, it is imperative to have a consultation with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery .


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