What is a body lift?

Body Lift, involves the removal of loose and hanging skin from around the entirety of the trunk. It is a combination of a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift all in one. It is the most powerful of all body contouring procedures and results in a dramatic improvement in appearance. Buttock augmentation can be performed at the same time.

What does a body lift surgery involve?

Body lift requires an incision on the lower abdomen that extends all the way around to the back. The loose skin is then cut away and the remaining skin tightened. This results in a lifting of the buttock skin and thigh skin, as well as tightening of the abdominal skin.

Who is a good candidate for a body lift?

The best candidates for body lifts are those who have undergone massive weight loss. These patients typically present with extra skin that extends in a “spare tire” pattern from the abdomen all the way around to the back. They usually have some extra skin of the buttock and thighs as well. It is impossible to address all of these deformities without excising the tissue from all the way around the body.

What are some of the risks of a body lift?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Body Lift-ASPS

Will I need to be admitted to the hospital for a body lift?

Secondary to the extent of surgery, patients are kept in the hospital overnight for observation. Patients can typically go home the next day.

What is the typical postoperative course?

Day 1-2


  • Keep dressings clean and dry
  • You will have a compression wrap or garment in place. This will be worn at all times for the next month, and at night for an additional month.
  • You may or may not have drains in place. You will record the drain output daily

Day 3-7

  • You may now remove the dressings/garments to shower. Tape will be in place over your incision. This tape is to remain in place until removed by your surgeon
  • Continue to wear your compression garment
  • If a drain is in place continue to record drain output. The drains will likely be removed at 1 week follow up appointment

Day 7-1 month

  • Continue to wear compression garment at all timesBL2

1 month-2 months

  • Continue to wear garment at night for one more month
  • You may now begin to apply scar creams
  • You may now resume cardiovascular exercise and sex
  • No arm exercises or heavy lifting

2 months+

  • You may now resume full activity including arm exercises

You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car. Most patients are able to drive within 2 weeks.

Time off of Work? Restrictions?
This is dependant on the type of work you perform. Many patients with office jobs only require a week or two. However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 4-6 weeks to recover. You will not be able to lift anything greater than 10 lbs for 8 weeks. You will not be able to run or jog for 4 weeks.