Body Lift Plastic Surgery

If a flat abdomen, tight buttock, perky breasts, and/or smooth thighs are what you want to achieve, then you should consider a body lift procedure. There are two types of body lift treatments; upper & lower. An upper body lift focuses on the breasts, chest & middle of the back. The lower body lift, otherwise know as a belt lipectomy, focuses on the stomach, thighs, buttock and back. When the upper and lower lifts are combined into one treatment it is known as a total body lift.

The purpose of a body lift plastic surgery is to eliminate excess, sagging skin, erase cellulite and remove fatty tissue leaving patients with a tighter, more polished look. People who have lost a large amount of weight, surgically or otherwise, as well as mothers who want their pre-baby bodies back with benefit greatly from any, if not all of these procedures.


Body lift procedures are ideal for the healthy patient. Participating in fitness programs, consuming a well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy, stable weight for at least 6 months before surgery makes a person an optimal candidate. Anyone who has recently undergone weight loss surgery is encouraged to wait at least a year before any cosmetic procedures. This is to ensure exceptional health and lower the risk of any post-operative complications.

Women who plan to have children are not advised to undergo any body lift procedures. However, we encourage all mothers who are finished having children to consider our body lift treatments. We believe that all mothers should look as radiant on the outside, as they feel on the inside.


Total body lift plastic surgery can be performed in a hospital or any accredited outpatient surgical center. The procedure takes four to eight hours and is executed under general anesthesia.

A complete lower body lift includes “lifting” excess skin around the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, as well as hips. Drs. Hall and Wrye will pull, tighten and remove all excess skin and fatty tissue I the desired area. While operating, Drs. Hall & Wrye are continuously and cautiously assessing the body, making sure their patients achieve a sleek and symmetrical appearance.
Body Lift procedures are not weight loss procedures, it’s important that the patient is at their goal weight and that they are able to maintain their goal weight before electing to undergo a body “lift” surgery, which also includes an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or a brachioplasty (arm lift).

Using the same belt like incision from the lower body lift, Dr.s Hall & Wrye will start the abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. The doctors will separate the abdominal tissue from the body and start removing all of the excess skin and fatty tissue. They will then tighten the abdominal muscles and remove any additional fat, by excision or liposuction. Once the desired look is achieved Dr.s Hall & Wrye will insert drains that will remain in for 2-6 weeks and suture the incisions closed.


Combining both the upper and lower body lift procedures is called a “total body lift.” Patients can opt for just one surgery at a time or both at once. To reduce postoperative risks and complications the surgeons suggest having one procedure done at a time.

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A body lift is considered a major surgical procedure; therefore a patient needs a considerable time to recover. It’s recommended that a companion is available to help provide the patient care following the procedure. While recovering from a body lift procedure, a medical compression garment is provided post-surgery and it’s required by Drs. Hall and Wrye that the patient wears the garment every day for several weeks, removing it only to shower.

All activities are prohibited until you have fully recovered. Strenuous activities or exercises are not allowed. Walking, however, is encouraged as it can help reduce the risk of blood clots forming in your legs. Normal recovery time takes four to six weeks before you can start your daily activities and six to eight weeks before you can start exercising, however each patient is different and the doctors will assess this information with you upon your follow up appointments.

To reduce risks and complications after the surgery, your doctor will provide you a complete list of instructions on what you should and should not do pre and post surgery.


Like any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits. Risks of a body lift include, but are not limited to; seromas, reduced sensation on incision area and less commonly infection, and bleeding. During the first few weeks or months after the surgery, patients can experience abdominal scars which can take over a year before they start to flatten and lighten. Before you start with the procedure, make sure that you ask your surgeon what are the risks for body lifts and what are the treatments used to treat complications. Dr. Hall and Dr. Wrye are experts in body lift surgery located in Reno, Nevada, call us now for consultation 775-284-8296