What Is Body Lift Surgery?

A body lift, also know as a belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure frequently performed on patients who have undergone major weight loss. Body lift surgery is designed to improve the appearance of your body by removing excess skin and resculpting the underlying tissue of your lower body.

When to Choose a Body Lift 

The primary goal of a body lift is to sculpt, reshape and tighten the body. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, or those who possess stubborn fat and excess skin in one or more areas, may benefit from a body lift. You may be a potential candidate for a body lift if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have significant soft tissue and loose skin in one or more body areas
  • You are committed to maintaining a stable body weight
  • You are in good physical and psychological health
  • You possess realistic cosmetic goals and expectations

A body lift procedure is capable of addressing multiple problem areas in a single operation. The final results will be both functional and cosmetic. Heavy folds of skin will be reduced and the underlying structures that support fat and skin will be tightened. The best way to determine if body lift surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Be prepared to discuss factors such as your medical history, current medications and cosmetic goals.

Body Lift Surgery with Dr. Jaibaji 

More than one surgery may be required to achieve optimal results. Prior to your procedure, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be administered for your comfort. Your surgeon will then make a series of incisions to reposition underlying tissue and remove excess skin. The incision length and pattern will depend on the location and amount of excess skin and fat planned for removal. Following the removal of excess fat and tissue, liposuction may also be necessary to boost contour. The skin will then be redraped and tightened across the newly shaped body. All incisions will be closed with a combination of sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape.

After Body Lift Surgery in La Jolla 

Immediately following surgery, it is common for patients to experience some pain and soreness at the sites of incision. Your surgeon may prescribe you oral pain medication to manage your discomfort. Drainage tubes may be inserted underneath your skin to drain excess fluid and you may be required to wear a compression garment for several days to minimize swelling.

A body lift is a major surgical procedure and typically requires several weeks of recovery. Most patients remain in the hospital for the first 1-3 days after surgery. A full recovery is likely to take between 4-6 weeks. Strenuous activities may be restricted for up to eight weeks. The results of surgery will become apparent as swelling gradually subsides. Incision scars may take several months to flatten and fade.

As with all surgical procedures, a body lift involves a degree of risk and uncertainty. Your surgeon with discuss these risks with you in depth during your consultation visits. Some possible risks of body lift surgery may include infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, skin discoloration, poor wound healing, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry and changes in skin sensation.

Schedule a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji 

Contact us to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.


Body Lift San Diego
Gender: Female
Body Contouring Abdominoplasty and Buttock lift San Diego.
Body Contouring Procedure: Tummy tuck and Buttock lift San Diego.
This patient lost about 100 lb. She underwent circumferential abdominoplasty. tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, liposuction waist, flanks, muscle repair, diastasis repair, belly button surgery, correction of back rolls.
Buttock lift and Tummy Tuck San Diego
Gender: Female, Height: 5′ 1″, Weight: 165 lbs
Months Post-Op: 6
Body Contouring San Diego
Body Contouring Procedure: Body Lift San Diego and La Jolla
Type of Liposuction used: Super Wet Technique Liposuction
Liposuction Treated Areas: Waist
This patient, from San Diego, lost over 100 lb. She underwent circumferential abdominoplasty.
Male Body Lift san Diego
Gender: Male
Body Contouring San Diego and La Jolla
Body Contouring Procedure: Circumferential Abdominoplasty
This patient had body lift for wight loss.This type of abdominoplasty is more complex and invasive than traditional abdominoplasty. It involves making an incision entirely around the waist. The muscles of the abdomen are tightened and excess skin and fat are removed. The abdominal skin is then pulled taut and trimmed to create a fit and toned midsection. Additionally, the outer thighs and buttocks are lifted and reshaped, giving the lower body a completely re sculpted and rejuvenated appearance.