Surgery Procedures

Body Lift

Individuals who have lost a dramatic amount of weight through bariatric surgery, diet and exercise, or after pregnancy may have excess loose skin on their lower body extending from the front abdominal area all the way into the back.

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  • A body lift is sometimes described as a “tummy tuck” for your back. Excess skin is removed from your lower back area to lift your buttocks and shape your waistline. The surgery is done with you lying on your stomach. You will be under anesthesia for about 2-3 hours.
  • Body lifts are most commonly performed in people who have lost a significant amount of weight (usually after gastric bypass or similar procedures) and now have loose skin extending into their back. Usually this surgery is performed after a tummy tuck has already been accomplished.
  • A body lift requires a minimum of two weeks of recovery, where you will stay home and rest. After two weeks, you can go back to work if you have a desk job and are cleared by your surgeon. You cannot lift anything heavy for 4-6 weeks.
  • A body lift is often combined with liposuction of the upper back or legs to achieve better contours in these areas as well.


Individuals who have lost a dramatic amount of weight through bariatric surgery, diet and exercise, or after pregnancy may have excess loose skin on their lower body extending from the front abdominal area all the way into the back. Even though they have lost a substantial amount of weight, these people may still find it difficult to fit into the smaller clothes they want to wear due to the sagging skin, or they find that the excess skin causes chafing and discomfort. Fortunately, we offer post-weight loss (post Bariatric) body lift surgery at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics in Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton to help patients achieve the look they desire. Our skilled surgeons use the most advanced techniques to perform some of the best body lift Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton offers. The body lift surgery improves the appearance of the waistline and buttocks.

Full Cosmetic Body Lift Surgery

Full body lift surgery at our practice is the most effective way to remove excess skin from the body and achieve a sleeker, more toned appearance after dramatic weight loss. Our surgeons have extensive experience in the latest body lift techniques to help ensure a successful outcome with minimal post-surgical scarring. The result of the surgery is a slimmer, firmer, more contoured body.

Before Body Lift Procedure

Patients who are interested in body lift surgery must meet with our Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton plastic surgeons for an initial evaluation to determine if they are qualified for the procedure. Ideal candidates are people who have undergone bariatric surgery or have recently had a baby and are bothered by excess, loose skin on various areas of their body and are in generally good health. Our surgeons will discuss the patient’s medical history, as well as goals for body lift surgery to make sure a mutual understanding is reached. We will also explain the entire body lift procedure in detail and answer any questions or concerns patients may have. We want you to experience some of the best body lift results Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton has available.

The Body Lift Procedure

Depending on the patient's ultimate cosmetic goals, total body lift contouring can be customized to each patient to address excess skin and fat on the abdomen and the back. During the body lift procedure, the surgeon creates incisions on the targeted areas of the body that are mostly hidden below the pant line. The surgeon then also suctions out extra fat and pulls the muscles together for a more contoured appearance. Next, the skin is pulled taut and excess skin is removed. To complete the body lift, the incisions are sutured shut in multiple layers and the patient is fitted with a compression garment to facilitate healing.

Content written and approved by Darshan Shah, MD Plastic Surgeon.

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