Medical Benefits Of A Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss

Find out the medical benefits of a Body Lift Surgery and how it helps remove post weight loss excess skin

After bariatric surgery or massive weight loss, you may end up with excess droopy or sagging excess skin folds. Below you will find out about the medical benefits of Body Lift after Weight Loss Surgery and how whole-body plastic surgery can help.

A body lift improves the shape and tone of the tissue and fat underneath the skin while also removing any excess skin. This in turn creates a more toned look. A body lift can be done in the abdominal area, the buttocks, the thigh, or all three, depending on your individual situation.

The main purpose of body lift surgery is to improve your overall appearance after you have lost weight. There are three main different types of body lift; upper body lift, lower body lift and whole-body lift.

A lower body lift typically includes: 

  • Extended Abdominoplasty or Circumferential Abdominoplasty – around Abdominal area – front only (hip to hip) or extending around the sides and/or across the lower back area (360 lift)
  • A Thigh Lift
  • Back lift and/or buttocks and hip lift
  • A Bra line Back Lift

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Medical Benefits of a Body Lift after Weight Loss

  • Removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen
  • Strengthens underlying abdominal muscles
  • Improves contours of the torso
  • Restores a smooth flat tummy
  • Reduces irritation, grating, and infections in the lower abdominal fold
  • Improves exercise tolerance and assist with weight loss activities  
  • You will also have the psychological benefit of the ability to fit into normal-sized clothes

Who is a good candidate for body lift surgery? 

The best candidates for body lift surgery are patients who are healthy and have had massive weight loss. This includes patients who have undergone bariatric weight loss surgery. People who have lost large amounts of weight are often left with enormous skin laxity in the breast, abdomen, and thighs.

A belt lipectomy removes skin and fatty tissue circumferentially around the entire waistline. This surgery requires the skill of experienced board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons

Does loose skin go away after massive weight loss? 

For people who have lost small to moderate amounts of weight, the skin will likely retract on its own eventually and may be helped by natural remedies. However, individuals who have achieved major weight loss may need body contouring surgery or other medical procedures to tighten or get rid of loose skin

What amount of weight loss causes loose skin?

Loose skin is caused by losing a huge amount of weight – approximately, 40 kg or more – in a very short amount of time. It can happen when the weight is lost through diet and exercise, but more often occurs in weight-loss surgery patients 

How do you get rid of extra skin after weight loss surgery? 

Body lift surgery is one of the most common procedures used to improve the body’s appearance after weight loss surgery. Furthermore, if you keep your weight stable after surgery, the results are long-lasting. 

How do they remove excess skin after weight loss? 

The surgeon makes one cut along the abdomen and removes excess, sagging skin.

Skin removal surgery includes a range of body contouring procedures performed to address excess skin folds on the arms, legs, torso, and/or buttocks. This helps patients achieve a more natural, aesthetically pleasing shape.

How much does a body lift cost after weight loss? 

There is no one set cost for body lift surgery. Numerous factors can affect the total cost including: 

  • The amount of fat and skin 
  • Qualifications of the surgeon 
  • Patient health history 
  • Medication for after surgery 
  • Post-surgery needs

Contact Dr Patrick Briggs team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery for an estimate.

How long does it take to recover from a full-body lift?

Most patients will be able to resume their normal routine/go back to their workplace approximately 10 to 14 days after body lift. However, the exact period will vary according to the extent of surgery performed. The surgeon will instruct the patient to avoid strenuous exercises and activities for at least three to four weeks post-surgery.

What are the risks involved in the body lift procedure? 

Risks include: 

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Separation of incision
  • Skin laxity (looseness)
  • Skin necrosis (tissue death)
  • Abnormal scar formation
  • Formation of a seroma (a mass or lump caused by fluid buildup in a tissue or organ)
  • Asymmetry (unbalanced appearance)
  • Unsatisfactory results. 

Do Medicare and Private Health Insurance pay for skin removal after weight loss? 

Insurance companies typically cover weight loss surgery but don’t always cover cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin after significant weight loss. The skin-removal surgeries most likely to be covered by a health plan are those for excess abdominal skin. The surgeries least likely to be covered are for extra skin on the arms, thighs, and breasts. There are specific criteria to meet for Medicare eligibility and Private Health Fund coverage.

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Body Lift FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions on Body Lift after Weight Loss

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a lower body lift? 

  • A lower body lift is a 360-degree tummy tuck. In other words, it basically encircles the entire waist.
  • This procedure is more common in massive weight loss patients.
  • A lower body lift is more extensive than a tummy tuck because it requires surgery to be done on both the back and front.

Will I have loose skin after losing more than 40kg? 

  • Your chance of having excess skin is significantly impacted by how much weight you have to lose and how quickly you lose it.
  • When you lose weight quickly, your skin may not shrink as fast as you’d like.
  • Most people who lose 40 kg or more will typically have an issue with excess or hanging skin when they reach their goal weight. 
  • Individuals natural skin elasticity also impacts on how much excess skin they will have after significant weight loss.

Can I tighten loose skin after weight loss? 

  • For people who have lost small to moderate amounts of weight, the skin will likely retract on its own eventually and may be helped by natural remedies.
  • However, individuals who have achieved major weight loss may need body-contouring surgery or other medical procedures to tighten or get rid of loose skin.  

What is a 360 lower body lift? 

  • A lower body lift, also known as a 360 tummy tuck, is a procedure that targets excess, loose skin and stubborn fat cells in the lower extremities, such as the flanks, buttocks, thighs, hips, and lower abdomen. 

How painful is a lower body lift? 

  • It is common to have discomfort, mild burning, and numbness around the lower incision after lower body lift. This is normal and will improve shortly after surgery.
  • Furthermore, over the counter pain relief can help, however check with your surgeon what is safe to use.
  • Discomfort in the areas of abdominal surgery and muscle repair may worsen with increased activity, which is why following your surgeons post-operative recovery instructions is so important.  

How do you sleep after a lower body lift? 

  • Sleep on your back with your head and legs elevated (1-2 pillows).
  • Because the incisions are on the front and the back it can be difficult to get comfortable.
  • Sleeping on your side is ok too if that allows you to feel less pulling at the incision sites.
  • Continue to sleep this way for approximately one to two weeks.

Read more Body Lift FAQs here.


Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

With worldwide expertise, Dr Patrick Briggs is practising breast, face and body surgery for men and women in Melbourne, VIC.


Next Steps to find a top Plastic Surgeon

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  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgery Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential.
  • To claim any medicare benefits or Health Insurance for reconstructive plastic surgery you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general.  For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.

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