Body Lift

A body lift, also called a circumferential abdominoplasty, is commonly performed after significant weight loss. Sagging skin remains after weight loss, appearing in the abdominal area, the flanks, the lower back, and the hips and buttocks. During a body lift, this excess skin is removed and the features are lifted to achieve a firmer, tighter contour. This procedure helps complete the weight loss journey, resulting in the sculpted physique you’ve worked so hard to achieve.



The body lift gallery features over 70 before & after cases showcasing real results from patients at Neaman Plastic Surgery. Be sure to spend some time looking through these cases to determine what makes a good candidate for this surgery.

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Why Choose Neaman Plastic Surgery?

Neaman Plastic Surgery is the premier destination for body lifts, distinguished by an exceptional blend of expertise, experience, and visible results. Here’s why:

High Volume of Cases:

Neaman Plastic Surgery performs over 50 body lifts a year and offers a level of experience that is hard to match. This high volume speaks to the trust and reputation they have built among patients and ensures that the surgical team is well-versed in the latest techniques and nuances of body lift procedures.

Specialized Expertise:

As body contouring experts, the surgeons at Neaman Plastic Surgery have a deep understanding of anatomy and aesthetics, enabling them to sculpt and refine the body’s contours with precision. Their expertise allows for customized approaches to each individual’s unique physique and goals.

Before and After Gallery:

The proof is in the results. Prospective patients are encouraged to look at the extensive gallery of before-and-after pictures showcasing the transformative outcomes. These images testify to the surgeons’ skill and artistry, illustrating the dramatic differences they can make.

Refined Techniques:

Through years of practice and handling hundreds of cases, the surgeons at Neaman Plastic Surgery have perfected their procedures. They have honed their ability to create the most appropriate and aesthetically pleasing contours for each patient, paying meticulous attention to the finest details of body shaping.

Controlled Incision Placement:

An essential component of a successful body lift is the placement of incisions. Neaman Plastic Surgery excels at controlling incision placement, ensuring they are as inconspicuous as possible, which minimizes visible scarring and aids in the overall aesthetic and satisfying outcome of the surgery.

Am I a candidate for a body lift?

There are several factors to consider when considering whether you need a body lift. A body lift could be the right choice for you if:

Significant Weight Loss:

You’ve experienced a significant weight loss, typically over 70 pounds. Such weight reduction often leaves excess skin that no longer has the elasticity to shrink back. Usually, a lot of loose skin can be identified in the lateral hips, buttocks, and lower back.

Loose Skin in Multiple Areas:

You have loose, hanging skin in multiple areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, which is common after shedding a lot of weight.

Muscle Laxity:

You notice muscle laxity, especially around the abdominal area. This is often due to the overstretching of the abdominal wall that can occur with weight gain or pregnancy, which doesn’t always retract with weight loss.

Abnormal Fat Pockets:

Despite significant weight loss, you might still have localized pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise, which can be recontoured during a body lift.

Effects of Multiple Pregnancies:

Multiple pregnancies can stretch your skin and muscles beyond the point where they can naturally return to normal, leading to a need for surgical intervention.

Personalized care

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, our brand and tone revolve around personalized care, empathy, and a commitment to helping individuals achieve their unique aesthetic goals. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin, and our procedures are designed to do just that—empower individuals to embrace their beauty and feel their best.

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Different types of body lifts:

Body lift procedures can be customized to meet each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals. Here are the different types of body lifts that can be performed:

Standard Body Lift

Also known as a circumferential body lift or belt lipectomy, a standard body lift involves removing excess skin and fat from around the entire circumference of the torso. This typically includes the abdomen, flanks, lower back, and thighs. Individuals who have experienced significant weight loss often choose this procedure, leading to sagging skin around these areas. The goal is to create a more toned and contoured body shape.

Body Lift with Auto-Augmentation

Auto-augmentation during a body lift refers to repositioning the patient’s tissues to enhance contours. For example, in the case of the buttocks, rather than removing excess skin and fat, the surgeon repositions and secures this tissue to provide a more lifted and volumized appearance to the buttocks. This method utilizes the patient’s own tissues, which can lead to a more natural feel and reduce the risk of complications associated with foreign implants.

Body Lift with Auto Augmentation and Fat Injections

This procedure combines auto-augmentation techniques with fat grafting for additional contouring and volume enhancement. After repositioning the excess skin, the surgeon performs liposuction to harvest fat from other body areas. This fat is then purified and injected into specific areas that require more volume, such as the buttocks or hips, to enhance the overall shape and achieve a balanced, natural-looking silhouette. This approach tightens and lifts and allows for precise sculpting and volumization for a more comprehensive transformation.

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Overall, a body lift involves removing excess skin and sculpting the entire torso to improve the body’s overall proportions and create a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Each type of body lift is designed to address specific concerns and can be tailored to the individual. The choice between these procedures depends on the amount of excess skin, the patient’s anatomy, and desired outcomes. A thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon is essential to determine the most appropriate approach for achieving the best possible results.

What is the goal of a body lift procedure?

The goal of a body lift is multifaceted, aimed at enhancing the overall shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Here’s what a comprehensive body lift seeks to achieve:

Remove Loose Skin:

The procedure excises excess, sagging skin, which often results from significant weight loss or natural aging, to create smoother body contours.

Repair Muscle:

If there is muscle laxity, especially in the abdominal area, the body lift can include repairing and tightening these muscles, contributing to a firmer body profile.

Create an Hourglass Figure:

By tightening the skin and underlying tissues and potentially repositioning fat, the body lift can accentuate the waist, contributing to an hourglass figure.

Improve Butt Projection:

The lift can enhance the shape and projection of the buttocks, which may have become flattened or droopy due to weight loss or aging.

Tighten Lateral Thighs:

It can also involve lifting and tightening the skin on the thighs, reducing sagging and smoothing the area for a more youthful appearance.

Improve Lower Back Skin:

The procedure can remove and tighten loose skin on the lower back, which helps to reduce folds and achieve a flatter back profile.

Perform a Monsplasty:

A monsplasty, or pubic lift, is often included to address sagging in the pubic region, improving its appearance and alignment with the newly contoured abdomen and lower body.


Neaman Plastic Surgery offers the services of two board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen. Both are highly-skilled surgeons who have been trained in the latest surgical techniques. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, the goal is always to help patients look their best. Our surgeons will work with you to understand your goals, educate you on your best options, and work together to ensure the best possible outcome.


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Am I a tummy tuck or body lift candidate?

Whether you’re a candidate for a body lift or a tummy tuck depends on several factors related to your body’s current condition and past health history. You might be a candidate for a body lift if you have:

Skin Laxity on Thighs and Buttocks:

You have noticeable skin laxity along the lateral thighs and buttock droopiness. Unlike a tummy tuck, a body lift addresses the lower body circumferentially, lifting the thigh and buttock areas.

History of Significant Weight Loss:

You have had significant weight loss, resulting in considerable excess skin. A tummy tuck addresses the front abdominal area, whereas a body lift addresses excess skin that extends around the hips and lower back.

Global Poor Skin Elasticity:

You’ve observed that your skin’s elasticity is poor overall, not just in the abdominal area. This is common after massive weight loss and can affect the entire torso.

Prioritizing satisfaction

With our proven process at Neaman Plastic Surgery, which includes thorough consultations, physical assessments, sizer trials, and the use of patient’s ideal before and after pictures during surgery, our track record speaks volumes. We are proud to share that our revision rate for size dissatisfaction is less than 0.5%. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, we prioritize your satisfaction and are committed to delivering beautiful and customized outcomes that genuinely reflect your desires.

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Pain control following a body lift

Pain control following a body lift is crucial to postoperative care to ensure patient comfort and promote recovery. There are various pain management strategies available, and among them, Exparel and TAP (Transversus Abdominis Plane) blocks with Exparel are notable options:

Exparel and TAP for Pain Control


Exparel is a long-acting, non-opioid pain medication that is injected into the surgical site during the procedure. It is a local anesthetic that works by slowly releasing bupivacaine, which numbs the area for up to 72 hours post-surgery. The main advantage of Exparel is its extended release, which reduces the need for additional opioid medications that can have side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, and the potential for addiction.

TAP Blocks with Exparel

TAP blocks are a type of regional anesthesia that involves injecting anesthetic near the nerves in the abdominal wall. When used with Exparel, the TAP block can provide targeted and prolonged pain relief to the abdominal area after a body lift. Combining a TAP block with Exparel allows for more extensive diffusion of the anesthetic across the nerve plane, potentially providing more effective pain control in the initial days after surgery.

Both options aim to manage postoperative pain effectively. Still, the choice between Exparel alone and TAP blocks with Exparel may depend on various factors, including the extent of the body lift, patient pain tolerance, and the surgeon’s recommendation based on their experience and the patient’s individual needs.

Patients need to discuss pain control options with their surgeon before the body lift procedure to understand the benefits and risks of each method and develop a pain management plan that ensures maximum comfort during the recovery period.

What do we consider a good result following a body lift?

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, we define a good result following a body lift by several critical aesthetic and functional criteria, ensuring that our patients feel confident and satisfied with their new body contours. Here’s what we strive for:

Some Key Indicators of Good Results

Low Incision Placement:

We meticulously plan the incision to be low enough to be easily concealed by a two-piece bathing suit. This careful placement also allows us to address and improve the appearance of the mons area.

Nicely Shaped Belly Button:

An aesthetically pleasing belly button is a hallmark of a successful body lift. We encourage our patients to examine before and after photos closely, and we’re proud to showcase examples of our work that highlight beautifully reconstructed belly buttons.

Hourglass Figure:

Achieving an hourglass shape is critical to our body lifts. We employ aggressive liposuction techniques to sculpt the waist and remove excess fat, paired with the appropriate removal of skin to accentuate natural curves. Aggressive muscle repair is also essential for creating this coveted shape, as it tightens the core and defines the waistline.

Lifted and Shaped Buttocks:

A lifted buttock is essential for a youthful and balanced profile. Our approach ensures that the buttocks are lifted and appropriately shaped to complement the overall body lift result.

Exceptional outcomes

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, our unwavering commitment to exceptional outcomes and patient-centric care drives us to deliver the highest quality surgical results. We believe in achieving your desired aesthetic goals while maintaining the natural integrity of your appearance. With our expert approach, we help you realize your aesthetic aspirations with confidence and elegance, empowering you to embrace your enhanced beauty.


My experience with Dr. Neaman was amazing. All the staff are very attentive and friendly. From the first appointment, I felt very confident and safe. Dr. Neaman is a very professional surgeon who guides me through the entire process. He did an amazing job on my body and looking in the mirror today, I feel so confident. Looking at my before and after pictures, I can’t believe what an amazing job he did on me. Thanks to Dr. Neaman and his entire team!

Natasha, Actual Patient*

Being able to improve and shape my body in a way where I’m excited to plan a trip and put on a swimsuit with my husband. Those are things that make me excited about Coolsculpting.

Andrea, Actual Patient*

I was extremely satisfied with the professionalism of the staff. Dr. Neaman was/is an exceptional surgeon whom I would highly recommend to everyone!!!!

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