It is often performed on people who have lost a significant amount of weight, as the excess skin can be difficult or impossible to address with diet and exercise. A body lift can also improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

Understanding the Body Lift

If you’re considering plastic surgery to be free from the uncomfortable excess skin and fat that gathers around the arms and throughout the abdomen to the waist following dramatic weight loss, you’ve probably encountered several terms: Body lift, belt lipectomy, lower body lift, body lipectomy, circumferential body lift, etc.

Body lift is a general term that applies to a series of complementary procedures designed to restore proportion, tautness, and sculpted contours to problem areas after major weight loss. Body lifts are popular among those who have undergone bariatric surgery. The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts will discuss a custom body lift plan with you based on your individual needs.

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What areas can be addressed with a body lift?

Body lifts remove loose folds of skin and fatty deposits that linger after losing weight and don’t disappear with positive changes in diet and exercise. Body lifts commonly focus on the following regions, where excess tissue tends to gather:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Groin
  • Thighs

The upper arms are also magnets for sagging skin. In some cases, an arm lift—or Brachioplasty—may be performed in conjunction with a body lift.

Customizing Your Body Lift Procedure

A body lift employs multiple procedures to achieve a uniform, natural-looking effect. These procedures may include:


Also known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty addresses the loose skin around the midsection


Liposuction removes fat deposits and provides smooth contours

Thigh lift

A thigh lift addresses and removes the loose skin around the thighs and buttocks, and tones the upper legs and hips

Every patient is unique, and so is each body lift procedure. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your options with you in detail during your consultation.

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Why choose Precision Medical Arts for your body lift?

Patients choose Precision Medical Arts because we have a modernized facility that is equipped to handle even the most complex cosmetic procedures. At our facility, you will be cared for by a team of specialists that utilize the best practices and techniques, including enhanced recovery protocols. You can expect to receive preprocedural and postprocedural care that is unrivaled in terms of quality. At our surgery center, you will receive top-notch cosmetic and reconstructive procedures that match your goals and exceed your expectations. You will always be treated with kindness and respect while in our care.

What is a belt lipectomy?

Also referred to as a lower body lift, a belt lipectomy targets the areas its name suggests: the lower abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. The procedure is also referred to as a circumferential body lift because it extends around the beltline area.

A belt lipectomy removes the band of tissue that gathers around the lower portion of the midsection and tightens the remaining skin around the butt, hips, and thighs. It may involve an extended abdominoplasty, a thigh lift, and a butt lift.

Enjoying Your Long-Lasting Results

Your body lift results will remain for years if you’re able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight, though it is natural to lose some skin tone and elasticity with age.

Minimal Post-Surgical Scarring

Body lifts leave some visible scars, but most are intimately concealed. Your plastic surgeon will thoroughly review your expectations and recovery guidelines with you before your procedure.

To learn more about the body lift procedures and discuss your personal cosmetic goals, please contact Precision Medical Arts to schedule your consultation at one of our Long Island locations.

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Body lift FAQs

How can I sleep comfortably after a lower body lift?

Do I need to wear compression garments?

How can I sleep comfortably after a lower body lift?

After your body lift, you will need to sleep on your back and prop your legs and head with pillows.

Do I need to wear compression garments?

Compression garments can help with the initial swelling and bruising after body lift surgery.

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The first step in your journey is a private consultation with us at Precision Medical Arts. You can expect our professionals to listen closely to your concerns, and to work with you individually at every step to ensure you are delighted with your results, and enjoying a happier, more confident life.

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