The steps of the body lift procedure differ depending on the needs of the patient. In most cases, the stomach area is addressed first. This is the area most often affected by pregnancy or excessive weight loss. Once incisions are made, excess skin is removed from the belly button to the pubic area, and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened. The fat and skin from above the belly button is pulled down and sutured in place, and the belly button is pulled out to its normal position.
The procedure continues with the buttocks and thigh areas, with incisions being made as inconspicuous as possible. These areas are addressed in the same manner as in the thigh and buttock lifts. In cases that require the removal of fat, liposuction is often involved. The entire body lift procedure takes 5 to 6 hours to complete and is performed under general anesthetic.