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.  Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support.  Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids.  The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication.  Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.

Locations with this service

Zephyrhills 
38162 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
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Weston 
2625 Executive Park Drive Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
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Venice Health Park Suite 1203 (formerly Venice Island) 
1201 Jacaranda Blvd. Ste. 1203
Venice Health Park Venice, FL 34292
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Venice Health Park 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice Health Park Venice, FL 34292
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Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Drive Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
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Sun City Center 
4002 Sun City Center Blvd, Unit 102
Sun City Center, FL 33573
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St. Petersburg 
2299 9th Avenue N #1D
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
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Sarasota 
2426 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Port Charlotte 
2525 Harbor Blvd. Suite 310
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
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Pembroke Pines 
603 N. Flamingo Road Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
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Parrish 
9015 US Hwy 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
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North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
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North Port – Bobcat Village 
3105 Bobcat Village Center Rd
North Port, FL 34288
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Naples – North 
1015 Crosspointe Dr.
Naples, FL 34110
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Naples – Health Park 
11181 Health Park Blvd., Suite 2280
Naples, FL 34110
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Naples – Downtown 
261 9th St South
Naples, FL 34102
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Naples – Colonial Square 
1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd.
North Naples, FL 34102
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Naples – Central 
9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
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Mercy Professional Suite 6008 
3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
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Mercy Professional Suite 6006 (Formerly Suite 102) 
3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6006
Miami, FL 33133
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Marco Island 
950 N. Collier Blvd. Suite 303
Marco Island, FL 34145
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Hialeah 
7100 W. 20th Ave, Suite 702
Hialeah, FL 33016
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Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Drive, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Fort Myers – South 
7331 Gladiolus Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Fort Myers – Metro 105 
14131 Metropolis Avenue, Suite 105
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Fort Myers – Metro 
13641 Metropolis Ave, Suite 102
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Fort Myers – The Forum 
3268 Forum Blvd. Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Englewood 
406 N. Indiana Avenue
Englewood, FL 34223
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Delray Beach 
15300 Jog Rd #202
Delray Beach, FL 33446
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Deerfield Beach 
1880-A W Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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Clearwater 
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Cape Coral – Surfside 
2366 Surfside Blvd Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
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Cape Coral 
413 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste. 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Bonita Springs 
25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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Boca Raton 
2499 West Glades Road, Suite 310
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Bay Harbor Islands 
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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Arcadia 
1010 N Mills Ave.
Arcadia, FL 34266
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