Body Lift | Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss

If you have undergone significant weight loss and feel frustrated that you’re now experiencing loose or hanging skin, body contouring at DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery might be right for you. Body contouring can help you reshape and contour the body to help you achieve your ideal image. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing.


This cosmetic surgery often goes by a lot of different names or refers to different things. Most often, body lifts address the lower body in areas like the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs with a single surgical session. It focuses on removing excess fat and skin while also tightening the underlying tissues and muscles for a lifted, contoured figure. There are a few different techniques that can be used to achieve these results, and Dr. DiFrancesco can discuss your best options during a consultation.

Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring is often performed in stages, and multiple procedures may be combined into one surgery. These include:

For many reasons, the lower body can carry excess skin and fat. Usually, it accumulates in areas like the hips, abdomen, and thighs after life events like weight loss or pregnancy. When it comes to stubborn fat and sagging skin, there’s little that can be done with diet and exercise alone. In this case, Dr. DiFrancesco can perform a lower body lift procedure to restore the lower body’s contours and remove excess tissue.

There’s no one way to go about your body lift procedure. Body lift patients may have different needs, including different amounts of loose skin and areas where that excess skin and fat accumulates. During a consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. DiFrancesco can assess your body goals and create the right treatment package for you.


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Candidates for Body Lift

The best candidates for a body lift procedure are those who recently went through massive weight loss and are left with stretched skin and stubborn fat around the midsection. It’s important that you be at or near your goal weight and have maintained your healthy lifestyle for some time. It’s also important to keep in mind that a body lift is not a weight loss procedure. During a consultation, Dr. DiFrancesco will assess your health and goals for this procedure to make sure it’s the right option for you.

Body Lift Recovery

Since the body lift is an extensive procedure, you can expect to take at least one or two weeks away from your regular schedule. During this time, you should rest, recover, and avoid strenuous activities. Dr. DiFrancesco can use a long-acting nerve blocker to reduce discomfort during this time, although you’ll be prescribed medications to manage swelling. Patients should also wear compression garments for about six weeks to aid in the recovery process.

You can expect to return to your regular level of activity within six to eight weeks— however, Dr. DiFrancesco will provide an exact timeframe for your recovery and follow-up appointments. With regular exercise and a healthy diet, you can expect your results to last for the long term.

Schedule a Consultation

The lower body lift is a comprehensive way to address many different concerns you experience after you’ve lost significant weight. To begin discussing your options and planning your ideal body lift surgery, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. DiFrancesco can assess your goals and recommend the right options for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

A lower body lift does include a lateral thigh lift.

Does insurance cover lower body lift?

No insurance does not cover a lower body lift

How do they remove excess skin after weight loss?

Extra skin after massive weight lose around the lower abdomen, waist and lower back can be corrected with a lower body lift.

What does a lower body lift consist of?

A lower body lift includes removal of excess skin circumferentially around the lower abdomen and back. It often includes a tummy tuck and buttock lift/ augmentation

What is a circumferential body lift?

A circumferential body lift is popular after massive weight loss to remove extra skin along the stomach, sides and lower back.

What is included in a body lift?

A body lift would include circumferential skin excision and may include liposuction, tummy tuck, and buttock augmentation.

What is the recovery time for a body lift?

The recovery time for a body lift is typically 4-6 weeks. We encourage walking early on because walking is healthy and can prevent blood clots in your legs. Most people return to normal daily activities in 1-2 weeks