If you have struggled with your weight or obesity, losing the extra pounds is an incredibly gratifying accomplishment. After reaching your weight loss goals, you feel better, look better, and can enjoy life to the fullest, participating in activities that were once out of reach. However, losing a dramatic quantity of weight may not be the end of your journey.
You may be troubled with hanging skin and tissue on your abdomen, thighs, arms, or other areas of your body. Our award-winning surgeons are recognized for their skills in performing custom body contouring procedures to remove excess skin and tissue for a firm, sculpted look.
What is a body lift?
A body lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin that mars your appearance and affects your self-confidence. This custom surgery is the final step on the journey to a trim, toned physique.
A body lift can be performed to create a more aesthetic look to various areas of your body, including:
The remarkable results of a custom body lift allow you to enjoy the confidence you deserve – the final step in your journey to improved health and a firm, fit body.
Am I a candidate for a body lift?
Ideal candidates for body lift surgery have a significant amount of excess skin and tissue that is uncomfortable and difficult to hide.
You should have achieved the ideal weight before undergoing this procedure, as further weight gain or weight loss can impact the results and lead to the need for revision surgery. For safety, the ideal body lift candidate should be in good general health and a non-smoker and understand what to expect in the surgery and recovery.
Surgical techniques for a body lift
Our acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeons at Mangat Plastic Surgery use advanced surgical techniques, and every surgery is customized specifically to cater to the needs of the individual. A body lift typically involves two incisions placed around the entire circumference of the body. The first incision runs around the body at the hip level, curving down toward the pubic area and buttocks. The other incision runs around the body at the waist level, curving down toward the pubic area in the front and up above the buttocks in the back. The skin below the lower incision is lifted, and the skin above the second incision is pulled down, producing a smooth, firm look that is very natural in appearance.
What is the body lift procedure?
A body lift is a comprehensive surgery that takes anywhere from four to six hours to complete. Your procedure will involve the following basic steps:
A surgical pen is used to mark the length and locations of the incision around the hips and waist
The patient is put under general anesthesia
An antibacterial solution is applied to the incision sites
The incisions are made
The skin on the buttocks and the backs of the thighs is pulled taut, and excess skin is removed.
The skin along the backside is stitched together
Next, the abdominal skin and muscles are tightened, if necessary, using tummy tuck techniques
The skin on the front of the thighs and inner thighs is tightened
The incisions on the front of the body are closed
The treatment area is cleaned
Medical tape and bandages are applied
Recovering from a body lift
Body lift surgery is a complex operation and will generally involve staying at the hospital overnight, for your comfort and safety. After being released, rest with your head in an elevated position for several days after surgery. You will likely experience some discomfort in the early stages of healing, including bruising, swelling, pain, and minor discomfort at the incision sites. You will have prescription pain medication to manage discomfort. You can help reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the incision area for 20 minutes every few hours.
You will be free to shower 48 hours after surgery but must keep the incisions out of the direct spray of water. Carefully pat down the incision and drain sites after showering. Continue to wear a compression garment during the day and at night for at least four weeks to help your body adjust to its new shape and enhance healing and results. Vigorous exercise or strenuous activity must be avoided for four to six weeks after surgery. At that time, you can return to your regular exercise routine.
Why choose us?
A body lift is a complex procedure that requires a high level of experience, expertise, and artistry. At Mangat Plastic Surgery, your body lift will be performed by one of our team of renowned cosmetic surgeons. Dr. Copit serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and practices both in Philadelphia and the Vail Valley. If you are considering a body lift, you don’t just need a surgeon – you need to be confident you are under the care of a leading plastic surgeon with national recognition, as you will find at Mangat Plastic Surgery.
Is a body lift safe?
A body lift is a very safe, effective procedure when performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon. Thousands of people undergo this surgery each year with successful results and no complications. Though very rare, the potential risks of a body lift include:
Delayed wound healing
Your results will become fully visible once the post-operative swelling has fully subsided, which can take between one to three months. While this may seem a long wait, our patients tell us the procedure is well worth the healing time – your body will be firm, sculpted, and free from excess skin and tissue, with your confidence restored. You can wear tight, revealing clothing, engage in sports, enjoy outdoor activities, and exercise with increased freedom and confidence.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that safety is now an increased priority. Dr. Mangat has resumed seeing patients in a way that is safe and takes appropriate health precautions, and this includes the option to set up a virtual consultation.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Copit to begin learning about how we can help you realize your cosmetic goals, please reach out. We’re excited to start you on your journey to your most beautiful self.