After losing a significant amount of weight, many people are disheartened to find that the physique they have worked hard for is hidden by loose skin or stubborn areas of fat throughout the abdomen, back, and thighs. The natural aging process can also result in loose skin through these areas as collagen production slows. Dr. Ourian’s Beverly Hills body lift is a permanent solution to these concerns.
A body lift is a surgical procedure which serves to create a more toned appearance by removing excess loose skin and fat. A body lift can be chosen to improve the appearance of the abdominal area (including the stomach, sides, and lower back), the buttocks, and the thighs. It is a good option for those who have reduced skin elasticity and loose skin in addition to deposits of stubborn fat in these areas.
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 4 - 6 Hours
Recovery Time: 1 - 2 Weeks
A body lift is typically performed on candidates who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have loose skin with reduced elasticity as a result of aging. If excess skin or poor skin elasticity are not an issue, you may be better suited to liposuction alone rather than a body lift. Before choosing a body lift, you should also be at a healthy and stable weight and in good health overall. Dr. Ourian will determine your candidacy and whether our Los Angeles body lift is right for you after a thorough consultation.
How is a Body Lift Performed?
Dr. Ourian’s signature Beverly Hills body lift is performed under general anesthesia. First, an incision is made in a “bikini pattern”: across the lower stomach, below the buttocks, and across the lower back. Through this incision, excess skin and tissue is removed. Liposuction may be used to permanently remove stubborn fat cells. Underlying tissues may also be tightened to enhance a toned appearance. When these steps are complete, incisions are closed.
As body lifts are performed under general anesthesia, you will need to arrange for a trusted caregiver, such as a family member or friend, to drive you home after the procedure. Patients can expect drains and compression garments to be in place to alleviate swelling. Some discomfort can also be expected, and Dr. Ourian will prescribe pain medication for the early stages of the recovery process. Most patients take two weeks off of work to rest and recover after a body lift. More strenuous activity, including exercise and lifting heavy objects, should be avoided for four to six weeks. Dr. Ourian will monitor your healing during postoperative appointments and give you detailed instructions for the recovery process.
Many patients who have previously lost a significant amount of weight pair their Beverly Hills body lift with an arm lift, thigh lift, or breast lift. A breast lift is designed to reposition the breasts without increasing their size through the use of implants as in a breast augmentation. This procedure can be beneficial for patients whose breasts appear to sag due to skin laxity. An arm lift is also an option for patients who have excess loose skin on the upper arms. Finally, while the body lift tones the buttocks and lower abdomen, a thigh lift can be combined with this procedure to further remove excess skin from the legs.
During your consultation, Dr. Ourian will evaluate your concerns and come up with a custom treatment plan that will meet your ideal results.
The final cost of a body lift in Los Angeles varies depending on the extent of the surgery, the number of areas you are treating, whether you are undergoing an upper or lower body lift, the geographic location where the surgery is performed, and the expertise of your surgeon. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will give you a more specific cost estimate for your body lift after a thorough consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- How do you sleep after a body lift?
- After your body lift, you will need to avoid bending, for several days after the surgery. Patients should sleep with a pillow elevating the knees.
- How long is body lift recovery?
- Most patients require about two weeks of recovery time before they can return to work or school, and four to six weeks before returning to a normal routine. Some swelling remains beyond this period, and can last up to 6 months or more.
- Will I have scars from a body lift?
- Some scars from the incisions made to achieve a body lift will remain after healing is complete. These are typically well-hidden under clothing, including a bathing suit. Following Dr. Ourian’s directions carefully throughout the recovery process will help achieve the least visible scarring possible.