Body Lift

A body lift is a procedure to raise and reshape the trunk and lower body.  During the aging process and with significant changes in body size, the skin loses elasticity and support.  The abdomen, lower back, buttocks and thighs lose their natural shape, firmness, and integrity.  This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and fat and resuspend the tissues.  Liposuction may be performed to accentuate body contour.

Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:

  • Reshape the trunk and buttocks.
  • Resuspend sagging skin and remove fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
  • Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

General Procedure

The procedure is tailored to accommodate the needs of each patient. This is determined by the patient’s body shape.   The body lift procedure begins with the patient lying in the prone position.  An incision is made along the lower back from one hip to the other.  The tissue is dissected over the buttocks and lateral thighs and pulled upward.  The excess tissue is removed and the skin is pulled taught.  The wound is repaired with sutures.  The patient is then turned onto the back and the incision is continued onto the abdomen.  An abdominoplasty is then performed.  It is often beneficial to perform this procedure in two stages.  The first procedure addresses the most problematic area for the patient.  The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and the patient is hospitalized for one to several days post-operatively.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited activity for the first few days.  However, it is imperative that the patient walk on the day of the procedure and several times a day, each day post-operatively.  Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts.  A special support garment is worn for six weeks post-operatively.  Post-operative pain is minimized by the use of pain pumps, that deliver local anesthesia directly to the tissues.  This decreases the number of pain pills patients take post-operatively.  While complications may occur, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the instructions given after surgery.

Dr. Christine Stiles is the leading plastic surgeon in the Frisco and surrounding Dallas area. Dr. Stiles uses innovative procedures to restore and enhance the appearance of the breast, body and face. She invests time in her patients, to fully understand their lifestyles and goals, to ultimately provide beautiful, natural results. Please contact her friendly staff at the Center for Breast and Body Contouring in Frisco, Texas at (214) 618-4000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christine Stiles.

The Center for Breast and Body Contouring 
5575 Warren Parkway Suite 304
Frisco, Texas 75034

Phone: (214) 618-4000