Body Lift

Procedure Snapshot

This personalized procedure can help free you from the burden of excess, hanging skin on your body after losing a lot of weight, helping you feel more comfortable & confident in your slimmer body.

Cost & Recovery

  • $8,000 to $19,000
  • Body lifting procedures are highly personalized, so recovery times vary. Patients typically can expect to recover for 2 to 4 weeks before returning to normal activity.

Quick Facts

  • Scars will always be present after a body lift, but should fade well with proper care
  • Patients should be at a stable, healthy weight for at least 3 to 6 months before surgery
  • Tummy tuck, thigh lift & upper arm lift are common post-bariatric procedures
  • 9,098 patients body lift surgery in 2018**

* Results may vary

** Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2018 ASAPS data

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Tummy Tuck Case 722 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #722

This 44 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by a family member, also a patient of his requesting rejuvenation of her torso following a 50 pound weight loss. The patient is 5’9″ tall and weighs 195 pounds. Initially, the patient requested a lipoabdominoplasty along with SAFE liposuction of her hips, inner and outer thighs as well as knees.... Read More
Body Lift Case 752 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #752

This 48 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by her dermatologist to improve upon the laxity of her thighs and buttocks. She had gained 70 pounds with her last pregnancy and this had stretched out her skin significantly. She is 6′ tall and weighs 150 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical inner thigh lift and a lateral thigh/buttock lift at... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 739 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #739

This 37 year old presented to Dr Parker several years after bariatric surgery having lost 120 pounds. She is 5’4″ tall, now weighs 165 pounds and says her weight is stable. She asked Dr Parker to make her abdomen flatter and back more contoured but was not really bothered by her hips. Dr Parker performed a lipoabdominoplasty on her as... Read More
Body Lift Case 920 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #920

This 41 year old patient, who lost 55 pounds through diet and exercise, was bothered by sagging skin in her outer thighs and buttocks. Dr. Parker performed a lateral thigh and buttock lift to address these issues, and the patient now feels much better about her appearance. Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 693 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #693

This 37 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by another patient, requested body contouring after LAP-BAND surgery. Subsequent to this she had lost 70 pounds. With her weight now stabilized, she requested improvement with her hanging abdominal skin as well as the fullness and laxity in her hips, buttocks and thighs. Dr. Parker performed a combined lipoabdominoplasty... Read More
Body Lift Case 754 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #754

This 63 year old patient asked Dr. Parker to improve the appearance caused by the lax soft tissues on her abdomen, buttocks and outer thighs. She had undergone gastric sleeve surgery one year ago and lost 65 pounds since. The patient is 5’3″ tall, weighs 122 pounds and says her weight is now stable. She had many weight swings from 120... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 714 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #714

This 47 year old patient was concerned about sagging abdominal skin as well as laxity of her lateral thighs and buttocks. An abdominoplasty, performed elsewhere 4 years ago, had failed to completely correct her concerns. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. A secondary abdominoplasty combined with a lateral thigh and buttock lift were... Read More
Body Lift Case 922 Before & After View #5 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #922

This 37 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by another patient, requested body contouring after LAP-BAND surgery. Subsequent to this she had lost 70 pounds. With her weight now stabilized, she requested improvement with her hanging abdominal skin as well as the fullness and laxity in her hips, buttocks and thighs. Dr. Parker performed a combined lipoabdominoplasty... Read More
Body Lift Case 751 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #751

This 33 year old was referred to Dr. Parker following a weight loss of 140 pounds after bariatric surgery. She requested rejuvenation of her torso. The patient is 5’1″ tall and weighs 177 pounds. Dr. Parker performed an abdominoplasty and lateral thigh and buttock lift, otherwise known as a lower body lift. Following surgery, the patient... Read More
Breast Lift with Implants Case 472 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #472

This 49 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by several other patients. She had lost over 100 pounds with a combination of lap band surgery 6 years ago and subsequent exercise. The patient works out regularly and takes very good care of herself now. The patient is 5’4” tall and weighs 155 pounds. She asked Dr. Parker to lift her drooping breasts and... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 726 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #726

This 38 year old had gastric bypass surgery 2 years ago and lost 120 pounds; her weight is now stable. The patient is 5’2″ tall and came in weighing 148 pounds. She asked Dr. Parker to improve the appearance of her abdomen, and hips. Dr. Parker reviewed all options with the patient. He subsequently performed a lipoabdominoplasty and liposuction... Read More
Body Lift Case 921 Before & After View #5 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #921

This 47 year old patient had gradually lost 115 pounds through diet and exercise, and requested improvement in the appearance of her inner thighs. Dr. Parker performed an inner thigh lift to remove the excess skin. The patient loves the improved contour and appearance of her thighs. Read More
Body Lift Case 753 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #753

This patient is a 54 year old who had gastric bypass surgery several years ago.  She had lost 130 pounds since then. She was 5’4″ tall and weighed 147 pounds when she came to The Parker Canter and requested correction of the lax skin and fat on her abdomen. She also had concerns about the lax skin on her outer thighs and buttocks. Dr.... Read More
Body Lift Case 919 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #919

This 38 year old patient had lost 50 pounds through diet, exercise, and treatment of a thyroid condition. Dr. Parker performed lipoabdominoplasty, along with liposuction of the hips, to address the excess skin and muscle laxity and sculpt a nice contour to her abdomen. She is very excited about her improved appearance after surgery. Read More
Body Lift Case 750 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #750

This 41 year old patient lost 55 pounds with diet and exercise and was bothered by sagging skin in her outer thighs and buttocks. A lateral thigh and buttock lift was performed, leaving her feeling much better about herself.
Body Lift Case 755 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #755

This 53 year old patient requested Dr Parker to improve the appearance of her outer thighs and buttocks. She had liposuction of her outer thighs and a tummy tuck done elsewhere several years ago. The patient is very self conscious about the soft tissue laxity and irregular contour of her outer thighs and buttocks. This limits the type of clothing... Read More
Breast Lift with Implants Case 467 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #467

This patient lost 118 pounds after gastric bypass surgery. She initially consulted Dr. Parker about the loss of volume in her breasts. She is 5’9″ and weighs 188 pounds. Dr. Parker performed an augmentation vertical mastopexy, or lollipop lift, with the insertion of breast implants. Specifically, he inserted a 425 cc silicone implant... Read More
Breast Lift with Implants Case 448 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #448

This 32 year old patient was seen 1 year after gastric bypass surgery and the loss of 100 pounds. She was bothered by her sagging breasts, hanging abdominal and thigh skin and remaining excess fat.At her current 5 feet 7 ½ inches tall and weighing 132 pounds, an abdominoplasty along with lateral thigh and buttock lift were performed by Dr.... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 749 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #749

This 36 year old patient was referred to Dr. Parker by another patient following an 85 pound weight loss achieved with diet and exercise. The patient desired better contoured arms, the loose skin from her abdomen and back gone. She is 5’4″ tall and weighs 161 pounds. At surgery, Dr. Parker performed a full brachioplasty or arm lift, lipoabdominoplasty... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

With the growing popularity of gastric bypass surgery to treat obesity, we have seen a dramatic increase in patients seeking body contouring after this procedure. Likewise, patients who have lost weight through diet and exercise or following pregnancy may want to address excess, sagging skin that remains after they achieve their goal weight.

Our goal with post-weight loss body contouring surgery is to remove the extra skin in affected areas and leave scars which are as inconspicuous as possible. Following your body lifting procedures, you’ll have tighter, smoother skin that both looks and feels better in clothing.

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What Is Body Contouring Surgery?

Body contouring procedures after weight loss are not the same for every patient. It may be best to think of “body contouring surgery” as an umbrella name for a collection of plastic surgery procedures that lift and tighten specific areas of the body. For some, a tummy tuck alone achieves the desired improvements, while for others a tummy tuck, body lift, and inner thigh lift all are needed.

Below we have tried to clarify the terminology for you:

Post Weight Loss Surgery vs. Post-Bariatric Surgery

Post weight loss surgery refers to any plastic surgery procedure or procedures performed to address excess skin and sagging tissues after massive weight loss. Since many patients have had bariatric surgery to lose the weight, it is also called post-bariatric surgery. However, the same procedures can be used for patients who lost that weight through diet and exercise. Some need a lower body lift; others only need a single procedure, such as a tummy tuck. Other names for post weight loss surgery include: post-bariatric body lifting and post-weight loss body contouring.

What Is a Body Lift?

When surgeons refer to a body lift, they are typically referring to a surgical procedure which lifts and tightens the skin of the thighs, buttocks, hips (flanks), groin, waist, and abdomen. Other names for a body lift include circumferential body lift or a 360 body lift.

Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society

Options for Body Contouring After Weight Loss

No two patients have the same goals or needs with body lifting surgery. At your consultation, Dr. Parker will listen closely to understand what you hope to achieve, evaluate your areas of concern, and explain your options to make your desired changes.

Why Liposuction by Itself Is Usually Not an Option

While Dr. Parker may use it to enhance the results of a body lifting procedure, liposuction alone will rarely achieve the desired results. Liposuction reduces unwanted fat only, and for post-weight loss patients, excess skin, not fat is usually the main problem. In fact, for a patient with poor skin elasticity, liposuction without surgery to remove the excess skin may worsen the sagging appearance.

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About Your Procedure

Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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Tummy Tuck Alone

If the excess skin remaining after weight loss is mainly concentrated around the abdomen, a tummy tuck alone can provide excellent results. During this procedure, Dr. Parker tightens lax, protruding abdominal muscles and reduces the excess skin for a firmer, flatter midsection. For many patients, he will combine a tummy tuck with liposuction, called lipoabdominoplasty, to sculpt a more natural, slim contour to the entire belly and hips.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Following Weight Loss*

New Jersey Lipoabdominoplasty
New Jersey Lipoabdominoplasty
This 38 year old patient had lost 50 pounds through diet, exercise, and treatment of a thyroid condition. Dr. Parker performed lipoabdominoplasty, along with liposuction of the hips, to address the excess skin and muscle laxity and sculpt a nice contour to her abdomen. She is very excited about her improved appearance after surgery.

Body Lift

Weight loss affects each patient differently, and for some excess skin hangs from the buttocks and thighs, causing a wrinkled, aged appearance. By performing a body lift, Dr. Parker can remove the excess, sagging skin and tighten the remaining skin to restore a smoother, firmer appearance. If the buttocks have also lost definition, Dr. Parker can perform auto-augmentation, transferring fatty tissue normally discarded from the hips to create a rounder, more aesthetically pleasing contour of the buttocks. An incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat and repositions and tightens tissues.

What Is Involved With Body Lift Surgery?

Prior to surgery, Dr. Parker will carefully draw the proposed incisions on the patient in a standing position. He will review these markings and the surgical plan once again with the patient in front of a full length mirror. The patient is then brought to our operating room. Our  our anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia to the patient. The patient is carefully turned into prone position, painted with an antiseptic solution and draped with sterile sheets. Dr. Parker will make incisions with a scalpel through the marked incisions. He will then remove a pre determined amount of skin and fatty tissue. He uses a laser like device called a cautery to seal all blood vessels. Despite the extent of the surgery, there is typically very little blood loss in his patients with this surgery.

Once the desired amount of skin and fat have been removed, the incisions are closed in multiple layers with dissolvable sutures to make the scars heal so that they are as thin as possible. Over 100 sutures are likely inserted in this closure to make it as perfect as possible. A medical version of Crazy Glue called Dermabond is then applied to the skin incision and seal it allowing the patient to shower the next day.

The patient is then carefully turned onto their back for the tummy tuck portion of the procedure. The patient is again painted with antiseptic solution and new sterile towels use to cover them. Dr. Parker now makes an incision in the lower abdominal skin marking with a scalpel and lifts the skin and underlying fatty tissue from the underlying muscles. If the muscles are loose (called “diastasis recti”), he will tighten these muscles with several layer of sutures. He then removes the stretched out skin and again closes the abdominal incision with multiple layers of sutures, just like the one on the back. He will make a small incision over the belly button, bring this out through the skin to make the patient an attractive, normal looking belly button.

Inner Thigh Lift

For many patients, significant weight loss results in an excess of skin that gathers on the inner thighs. This unwanted, sagging skin can be removed with a crescent inner thigh lift or a more aggressive vertical thigh lift procedure. Dr. Parker will discuss these options with you during your consultation.

Parker Center Inner Thigh Lift
Left: Inner Thigh Lift
Right: Vertical Inner Thigh Lift

Most of his patients opt for a crescent inner thigh lift because the scarring is more concealed. With a crescent inner thigh lift procedure, the excess skin is removed through an incision hidden in the groin crease leaving a scar hidden in that well concealed location. This creates a smoother, slimmer contour of the inner thighs.

A vertical inner thigh lift aggressively removes more loose skin and fat than a crescent inner thigh lift. With a vertical inner thigh lift, a vertically oriented V shaped incision is made over the excess skin and fat on the inner thigh. This unwanted tissue is removed and the incision closed with sutures leaving a vertical scar on the inner thigh. More skin and fat is removed with this procedure so the contour is slimmer than a crescent inner thigh lift but the scar more apparent.

Inner Thigh Lift Following Weight Loss*

Before and After Thigh lift by Dr. Parker
New Jersey Thigh Lift
This 47 year old patient had gradually lost 115 pounds through diet and exercise, and requested improvement in the appearance of her inner thighs. Dr. Parker performed an inner thigh lift to remove the excess skin. The patient loves the improved contour and appearance of her thighs.

Body Lift After Weight Loss

Many patients who lose a lot of weight, either through post-bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, are left with significant amounts of excess skin around the torso and thighs. Abdominal muscles may have become lax and protruding. A body lift combines a tummy tuck and outer thigh & buttock lift together to reduce excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, and restore a smoother, more natural body contour. The most extensive of all post-weight loss procedures, a body lift can achieve the most dramatic results.

Outer Thigh & Buttock Lift Following Weight Loss*

New Jersey Thigh Lift
New Jersey Thigh Lift
This 41 year old patient, who lost 55 pounds through diet and exercise, was bothered by sagging skin in her outer thighs and buttocks. Dr. Parker performed a lateral thigh and buttock lift to address these issues, and the patient now feels much better about her appearance.

Lower Body Lift Following Weight Loss*

New Jersey Body Lift
Before and After
This 33 year old patient had lost 140 pounds following bariatric surgery, and wanted to address the excess of sagging skin around her torso. Dr. Parker performed an abdominoplasty and lateral thigh lift & buttock lift, or lower body lift. The patient is very happy with her smoother torso.

Are You Ready for Body Lift Surgery?

For your safety and to ensure the best possible results, it’s important that you are at a stable weight before undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss. Typically, Dr. Parker recommends waiting until one year after bypass surgery or when weight loss has plateaued for 6 months.

Your Body Lift Consultation & Imaging Session

Consultation with computer imaging

Consultations at the Parker Center are special. Dr. Parker will spend extra time with you, ensuring that he understands your goals and that you are fully educated about each potential solution. Additionally, our imaging expert will help you see the possibilities with digital photo imaging or Vectra 3D imaging technology, depending on your interests. Patients who are comparing providers often tell us our consults are the most thorough and informative they’ve ever experienced!

About Your Surgery at the Parker Center

Dr. Parker performs body lifting surgery in our fully accredited surgical facility. Your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia, administered by our board-certified MD anesthesiologist. Time in surgery depends on the exact procedures you are having. Patients who are having more extensive procedures typically require post-op monitoring in our aftercare facility or in the comfort of their own home by a private duty nurse.

Body lifting procedures can be extensive cosmetic surgeries and typically require a more lengthy recovery, particularly if you are having a tummy tuck or other procedure that involves muscular repair. Dr. Parker will explain the details of recovery for each procedure you are considering, so you can decide what’s best for you.

*Results may vary

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