Arizona Cosmetic Surgery
Chasby Sacks MD

Body Lift/buttock lift, Complications and Prices




Body Lift Scottsdale


A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure to raise and tighten unsightly, sagging body contours.  During the aging process or more often after large weight loss, the 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 shapely 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 performed in combination with a body lift.

Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:

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

Surgical Technique of Body lift

The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome.  Generally speaking, the body lift procedure involves 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 shape  The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours.  The surgery is performed usually under general anesthesia. Scars are long and usually hidden by underwear.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions from Dr. Sacks require plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  Compressive garments 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 modest pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication as prescribed by Dr. Sacks.  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.

Complications of Body Lift

  • Swelling is quite normal but is usually temporary. It is aided by application of cold packs.
  • Bruising is unusual and usually fairly mild
  • Infection is unlikely as patients are started on antibiotics the day before the surgery by Dr. Sacks
  • Numbness may be present in some areas but is usualy temporary.
  • Scarring with Body lifting procedures is usualy quite extensive but improves in appearance with time.

Prices of Body lifting procedures have a large range as there are many different procedures to be determined.

If you are interested in a body lift/buttock lift, please call our office at 602-277-1111 or if you are from another state, please call our no charge:  800  765-2771.

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