Body Lift Overview

Body lift is a combination of surgical procedures to remove excess skin after massive weight loss. A lower body lift is a butt lift, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. An upper body lift can vary, but often includes an arm lift and removal of excess skin on the back and chest.

A body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to their desired weight as possible and has maintained a stable weight for at least six months. If both an upper and lower body lift are needed, the surgeries will be done months apart to allow adequate healing time.

For people with a smaller amount of excess skin, a panniculectomy may be sufficient. It removes the “apron” of loose skin and fat that hangs down from the stomach.

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