Body Lift

Beverly Hills, Irvine Body Lift Specialist
Maher Anous, MD

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Dr. Maher Anous is a Beverly Hills, Irvine plastic surgery specialist who offers body lift at his practice. In the paragraphs below he describes this procedure and how Irvine and Beverly Hills  body lift patients have benefited from treatment.

A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure to raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours.  During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness.  This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus, providing a more youthful appearance.  A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift.

Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:

  • Reshape mid-body contour.
  • Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
  • Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

General Procedure

The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome.  Generally speaking, the body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline.  In more extensive surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back.  Adjustments to the buttocks and thighs require an incision at the crease of the buttocks.  Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits.  Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration.  The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours.  The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions require plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  You will be immediately placed in a support garment at the end of surgery. This garment is designed to minimize swelling and relief tension from the suture lines.  Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids and will be removed in a week to two weeks following surgery but sometimes longer.  The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility.  This procedure is uncomfortable due to the amount of tension usually applied but the pain of the surgery can usually be relieved with oral pain-relief medications only.  Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure.  While complications are rare, you can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.

Dr. Anous is a gifted Beverly Hills, Irvine cosmetic surgeon who, in addition to body lift, also performs other body contouring procedures at his Beverly Hills, Irvine plastic surgery center. Visit the respective pages of this website to learn how Dr. Anous can help Beverly Hills, Irvine tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction and mommy makeover patients realize their body contouring goals.


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