The Procedure

Results & Recovery on a Body Lift

Description of Procedure

Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight after a bariatric procedure often encounter difficulty with excess soft tissue and skin in the abdominal region, buttock, and thighs. This soft tissue appears to hang off the torso and thigh areas, creating difficulty with hygiene, self-insecurities, and may interfere with ambulation. A body lift procedure is a surgical procedure designed to reduce excess skin and soft tissue over the torso, thighs and buttocks. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is in the bikini line and is circumferential (all the way around the abdomen). Excess skin and soft tissue are reduced in the abdominal, thigh and buttock regions. The thigh and buttock tissue is undermined and lifted upward and secured tightly to the underlying fascia. Several drains are place around the operative field. The skin is closed with sutures. The procedure generally requires 5-6 hours of operating time.


Patients should anticipate the need to take 3-4 weeks off from work. Recovery is overnight in a hospital setting. Patients legs are elevated to help with the swelling. Small drains are placed at the operative site to prevent fluid from accumulating in this region. Patients are encouraged to ambulate and perform breathing exercises. A supportive garment is often prescribed during your early post-operative recovery period.


The results of a body lift can be remarkable, with an improved contour of the abdominal, thigh and buttock contour. Swelling in the abdominal, thigh and buttock region will slowly subside over the next 3-6 months. The scar is generally well hidden and will fade with time. The results are sustained with diet and exercise.

For more information on whether you may be a candidate for a body lift, contact Louisville Plastic Surgery Consultants at 502.899.9996. At Louisville Plastic Surgery Consultants our goal is complete patient satisfaction.

Medical Disclaimer:
All medical procedures are associated with some degree of anesthetic and operative risks. Surgical results may vary from person to person.Your specific anesthetic and operative risks will be outlined at the time of your consultation.