Body Lift


A body lift is usually not one single procedure, but rather a combination of procedures that might include a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, and liposuction. Sometimes known as a circumferential body lift when the buttocks are also included, a body lift removes excess skin following major weight loss or pregnancy and “lifts” key areas that can sag and droop due to stretched skin that has lost elasticity.

Unfortunately, one of the most common side effects of major weight loss is lingering, saggy skin. The older a person is when they lose weight (or give birth), the less collagen and elastin their skin has. These two elements are vital for skin to “snap back.” However, genetics also plays a role in how much collagen and elastin a person has.

Body lift procedures are fully customizable so every patient gets the lift, tightening, and excess skin removal they need to increase confidence and look their best. Body lifts are especially helpful for those who have undergone a weight loss surgery, such as bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgeries can cause sudden loss of fat, which sometimes doesn’t give the skin a chance to adapt to your smaller frame. The result is sagging skin.

Drs. Keith Neaman and Dustin Christiansen specialize in personalized body lift procedures, designing every procedure to fit your needs and goals. Body lifts can be suitable for both men and women. Learn more and call Neaman Plastic Surgery at 844-338-5445 for your personal body lift consultation.

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What A Body Lift Includes

The primary goal of a body lift is to remove excess skin and stubborn fat. It is often combined with liposuction to target pockets of fat that won’t budge with diet and exercise. Body lifts can also smooth out the skin to remove dimpling and irregular surfaces, which is common with dramatic fat loss.

A body lift can encompass:

  • Arm lift (Brachioplasty): The dreaded “bat wings,” or saggy upper arm skin, are a common side effect with sudden fat loss.
  • Butt lift: Butt lifts and/or augmentation can restore shape and perkiness to a droopy derriere.
  • Liposuction: Surgical and permanent removal of fat deposits helps to shape and contour the body.
  • Thigh lift: Loose skin on and near the thighs and buttocks can be lifted and shaped for a svelte, smooth appearance.
  • Tummy tuck: The belly, sides, and lower back area can be “trimmed” and shaped to achieve a flat, taut tummy and remove the muffin top.

Benefits of A Body Lift

A body lift can offer both cosmetic and functional results. The removal of excess skin decreases heaviness. In some cases, excess skin can be so severe it becomes a “skirt.” This can lead to chafing, infections, and low self-confidence. A body lift provides firm skin tone and customized body contours. Get tighter thighs, abdomen, and breasts with this customized procedure. Body lifts can lift the tummy, buttocks, thighs, and even the genitals.

While a body lift is surgical, there are a number of body contouring procedures to complement or replace body lifts. Every procedure is tailored to meet patient needs and goals. Learn more about body lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks and mommy makeovers, thigh lifts, butt lifts, and more including laser skin resurfacing from real patients. Here’s how custom procedures can rejuvenate the body and offer symmetry.

Differences in A Body Lift and Abdominoplasty

A body lift can target many areas including the belly, buttocks, thighs, and more. Abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck, which solely targets the abdomen. Sometimes a body lift can include an abdominoplasty.

Using Liposuction During Tummy Tuck Surgery

Liposuction is regularly used during a tummy tuck and body lift. It surgically removes fat deposits permanently and helps with achieving a patient’s ideal shape and contours.

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Do you know the differences in Tummy Tuck surgery and liposuction? See Dr. Dustin Christiansen discuss each procedure and how they are used separately to achieve aesthetic goals or as one procedure together for an added benefit.

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck

Patients interested in a tummy tuck as part of their body lift may have heard of mini tummy tucks. Only one percent of patients are a good match for a mini tummy tuck. During a mini tummy tuck, the main goal is abdominal contouring post-pregnancy. It does not offer the same dramatic results as a full tummy tuck, but the only scarring is near the bellybutton (as opposed to a fully tummy tuck which requires an incision hip bone to hip bone).

Techniques for Buttock Rejuvenation

There are three major types of butt lifts including a Brazilian Butt Lift, circumferential abdominoplasty with butt augmentation (implants), and solely butt implants. Find out more during a consultation with Dr. Keith Neaman.

Body Lift Recovery Time

Body lift recovery times can vary based on the number of surgeries and the patient. Most patients can return to mild activities of daily living in two weeks. Dr. Neaman will discuss with each patient their timelines for returning to exercise, work, and more during a consultation.

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Body Lift FAQ’s

What is a body lift?

The body lift surgery option takes on many forms depending upon your needs. Patients who have had massive weight loss through bariatric surgery are candidates for body lift surgery.

What areas are in part of a body lift?

A body lift can include the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, back, and flanks. However, it can also be combined with other procedures, such as an upper arm lift and liposuction. Every body lift is unique.

Why do people want a body lift?

Skin can sag excessively due to weight loss, pregnancy, and age. No amount of diet or exercise can change or remove loose skin, which makes a body lift the only option for functional and aesthetic success.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring can include a wide range of procedures including a body lift. These procedures can be surgical or non-surgical, but all are designed to contour and shape the body.

Is a body lift part of mommy makeover surgery?

Both a body lift and a mommy makeover include a combination of procedures. However, body lifts usually focus on the lower half of the body while a mommy makeover often includes the breasts.

Body Lift Consultation

Are you interested in reducing saggy skin and fat deposits while lifting areas of the body that have sagged? Visit the body lift before/after photos* to get a preview of body lifts and contact Neaman Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation. Patients from Portland, Eugene, and Salem, Oregon consider Neaman Plastic Surgery staff their premier body lift experts.

“Dr. Neaman is the best. I had a circumferential abdominoplasty with butt auto-augmentation and breast lift/reduction. I wish I had the before/after pics to put up here. Needless to say, I look AMAZING.”

– Dawn, Google Review, Actual Patient*