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The pride and joy that comes from a major weight loss can, unfortunately, be lessened by the sagging excess skin that is left behind in the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and hips. Body lift surgery is ideal for people in this situation as the procedure helps adjust the contours of the body, for a more youthful, proportionate, and appealing appearance.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Body Lift?

People with loose skin on their lower torso are the best candidates for body lift surgery. Losing around 60 to 100 pounds can leave behind sagging skin. Thankfully, a body lift can bring back the skin’s youthful tightness.

Since the procedure will involve incisions, body lift candidates must be in good overall health with no conditions that would affect wound healing. Wound healing can also be delayed by smoking.

Smokers are discouraged from getting body lift surgery, unless they are willing to stop smoking for two to three weeks before and after the procedure. Any form of nicotine, including cigarettes, vape devices, nicotine gum, and even secondary smoke, must be avoided for best results.

Smokers may experience complications such as tissue loss, infections, death of fat cells, thick and wide incision marks, and increased pain during the procedure. Smoking also increases the chance of more serious issues such as blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and pneumonia.

Your Body Lift Consultation

The consultation for body lift surgery includes an in-depth conversation regarding your medical records, current medications, and appearance goals.

Dr. Raskin will discuss the results that can be achieved and will determine whether your skin’s repair and healing cycle is suited for this process. Lab tests and X-rays may be conducted to further help Dr. Raskin finalize your consultation.

How to Prepare for a Body Lift

Body lift surgery will require a recovery period. For this reason, tasks at home and at work must be completed in advance. Get ample rest the day before the surgery, and refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages 48 hours before the appointment.

Body lift patients will be given general anesthesia. Because of this, you will need to avoid eating and drinking within eight hours before the procedure to prevent vomiting.

Since patients will change back into regular clothes after the surgery, it is advised to choose loose-fitting clothes on the day of the appointment. A buttoned top is ideal for those who will undergo an upper body lift.


Body lift surgery involves incorporating several lifting and contouring surgeries to effectively reshape your body. Total body lift surgery combines a tummy tuck with a buttocks or thigh lift to create an overall proportionate body shape. Typically, the procedures are not done all at once and instead done in stages with the tummy tuck being performed first, followed by a thigh or buttocks lift to ensure that the body lift is done safely and efficiently. Each stage of surgery varies in length, typically lasting between two and six hours.

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Recovery times for body lift procedures vary depending on the stage of surgery that is performed. Most patients are required to spend one to two nights in the hospital and typically return to work in about three to six weeks.


Like most surgeries, a body lift procedure does carry a risk of infection, especially for smokers. If an infection occurs, you will be treated with antibiotics and drainage and a longer hospital stay will be required. Infections very rarely occur and the Elsa Raskin MD has performed several of these procedures with exceptional results.

Dr. Elsa Raskin is an award-winning, board-certified female plastic surgeon who specializes in Natural Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Facelift, Tummy Tuck.

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