Massive weight loss often results in the development of excess skin. Dr Briggs helps his male patients navigate their post-weight loss journey, guiding them toward suitable surgical options that align with their goals.

After weight loss, men may choose to get an abdominoplasty or extended abdominoplasty/Belt Lipectomy, since these are the most likely areas to have excess skin after losing weight.

Dr Patrick Briggs offers his male patients a wide variety of male body lift procedures to add to their weight loss journey. Abdominoplasty, arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift (thighplasty), Gynecomastia/male breast reduction, and back lift (torsoplasty) have all been specifically adapted for those who want to alter their post-weight loss excess skin.

What is a Male Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)?

A male body lift is not a one-size-fits-all procedure; instead, it encompasses a range of surgical techniques and procedures, each tailored to meet the unique needs of individual patient.

For some men, the primary concern might be the presence of excess skin around their abdomen. Others may experience excess skin on their arms, back, or thighs. Depending on various factors such as the amount of weight lost, body fat distribution, and age, men may suffer from excess skin in one, multiple, or all of these areas.

The approach to a male body lift is specifically adapted to address these distinct concerns.

Different types of Post-Weight-Loss procedures for men

Arm lift (Brachioplasty)

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address lax skin on the arms, often associated with ageing or weight loss. This surgery helps tighten the arms. It’s an option for individuals looking to alter the shape of their upper arms.

Thigh lift (Thighplasty)

A thigh lift, medically known as thighplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at tightening and reshaping the thighs. It’s commonly sought by individuals with excess skin on their thighs, often due to ageing or significant weight loss.

Male Breast reduction (Gynecomastia)

Male breast reduction, medically termed Gynecomastia surgery, is a procedure designed to reduce enlarged breasts in men. It’s a procedure for men of various ages who experience hormonal imbalances or other factors leading to excessive breast tissue growth. This surgery helps create a flatter, more masculine chest shape.

Back lift (Torsoplasty)

A back lift (torsoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to address excess skin and fat on the back and sides, often resulting from significant weight loss or ageing.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Male abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure tailored for men seeking to address excess abdominal fat and loose skin, typically due to weight loss or ageing. This surgery targets the lower abdomen to remove stubborn fat deposits and excess skin, resulting in a flatter midsection.

360 Abdominoplasty (circumferential lift/Belt lipectomy)

Male Belt Lipectomy, also known as a 360 abdominoplasty, is an extensive body contouring surgery designed for men who have experienced massive weight loss, leading to excess skin and fat around their waist, belly, and back.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Male Body Lift?

You’re a potential candidate for Male Body Lift surgery if you;

  • Have lost a significant amount of weight by dieting or bariatric surgery.
  • Have excess skin
  • Are close to your desired body weight
  • Have been able to keep your weight stable for the last 12 months
  • Are physically and mentally healthy
  • Are you a non-smoker.
  • Understand the risks and limitations of the procedures
  • Understand that the surgeries are not a weight loss alternative.

What Are The Reasons Patients Choose a Male Body Lift?

There are several potential reasons patients choose Male Body Lift Surgeries including, but are not limited to;

  • Health reasons: Eliminating excess skin can alleviate skin-related discomfort and hygiene issues that can accompany weight loss
  • Increased Mobility: Removing excess skin can change mobility and physical comfort, enabling men to engage in more physical activities.
  • Reduced Risk of Skin Issues: By eliminating folds of excess skin, the risk of skin irritation, chafing, and infections is significantly reduced.
  • Reduced Back Pain: In some cases, male body lift surgery can alleviate back pain associated with excess skin and fat.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The results of male body lift surgery are typically long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a healthy lifestyle.

The reasons mentioned above are general advantages associated with male body lift surgery. However, individual results may vary. It is crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and to discuss the specific benefits and risks tailored to your unique circumstances and expectations.

Body Lift Surgery Before and After Photos

Due to the recent updates in guidelines by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), our website is currently undergoing substantial revisions. As a result, we have had to remove the majority of our Before and After photos to comply with these new regulations. Our utmost priority is to maintain the accuracy and compliance of our content, and we are actively working to reintroduce a more extensive collection of before and after photos in the near future. You can view additional Before and After photos of Dr Briggs’ patients, during an in-person consultation at our clinic.

See more patient before and after photos performed in Melbourne by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.

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The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.

Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.

In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.

How is Male Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Performed?

Surgeons will put the patient under general anesthesia when performing a male body lift (belt lipectomy). This means that you will be unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

Dr Briggs will sterilize the target area and then proceed. Depending on your surgical plan, he will do the following:

  • Abdominoplasty: Dr Briggs will cut out the skin hanging around your belly and hips.
  • Thighs: He will pull the thigh skin tighter and remove all the excess skin
  • Arms : He will remove excess skin and tighten the remaining skin around your upper arm.
  • Back: Fat and excess skin on your back and sides will be removed.

Dr Briggs will not only lift the skin. He will dissect deeper tissue (muscle and connective tissue), pull it up, and tighten it together with strong sutures, if required.

Then the overlying skin is brought together, and the excess is removed. Your wounds will be closed with fine sutures so that they leave less scarring.

Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Risks and Complications

Male body lift surgery (belt lipectomy), like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. It’s essential to have a comprehensive understanding of these before making an informed decision about the surgery. While this list is not exhaustive, here are some potential risks and complications associated with male body lift (belt lipectomy) surgery:

  • Wound infection
  • Suture breaking
  • Bleeding
  • Poor scarring
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Seroma (fluid collection)
  • Hematoma (blood collection)
  • Skin necrosis
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Skin irregularities
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Need for revision surgery

It’s crucial to discuss these risks and complications in detail with your board-certified plastic surgeon during the consultation. Your surgeon will provide personalized recommendations and help you make an informed decision about the procedure, considering your unique medical history and aesthetic goals. Additionally, following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions diligently can help minimize these risks and enhance your overall recovery experience.

Visit our Risks page for more information.

Recovery After Body Lift

The recovery time can vary greatly depending on which surgeries you undergo. Different male body lift surgeries will have different recovery times. Recovery time can vary from 2-3 weeks to 2 months.

In general, the normal symptoms that you can expect during recovery from a male body lift include:

  • Pain
    • Your wounds will cause some degree of discomfort after surgery.
    • The level of discomfort depends on the surgery.
    • Male abdominoplasty is generally more painful than a male arm lift (brachioplasty).
    • However, pain is subjective and some people will experience more pain than others.
    • Your Surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort.
  • Swelling
    • The surgical areas will be swollen for a few weeks after your male body lift.
    • Swelling will gradually start to reduce as the weeks pass.
  • Bruising
    • Your bruises will change in color as the days pass and should significantly diminish in 2-3 weeks.
  • Tingling
    • Sometimes, the skin around a treated region might lose sensation or feel numb.
    • This is usually temporary and goes away on its own.
    • However, it can be permanent.

Minimising Scars after Body Lift Surgery

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimization, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars fading significantly after 12 months.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your scars your surgeon may suggest additional scar treatments. They will discuss this with you during your post-op appointments.

How Much Does Male Body Lift Cost?

How much a male body lift costs can vary. There are many factors that can affect the cost, some of these factors include;

  • Anesthetist fees
  • Type of Surgery
  • Length of Surgery
  • Surgeon fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Recovery Garments
  • Postoperative care (if included in cost)

For example, a male abdominoplasty done as a stand-alone procedure costs less than a circumferential body lift and thigh lift. This is why Dr Briggs provides a quote (this is just an estimation) with a breakdown of the costs after he sees you during the first consultation and determines what surgery is right for you.

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Is Body Lift for Men Covered by Medicare?

Unfortunately, Male body lift surgery is not usually covered by Medicare or insurance.

Male abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, and back lift are generally considered purely cosmetic procedures and are thus not eligible for a rebate.

In some cases, if your overhanging skin is causing you skin irritation, pain, or restricting your movement, then you might be eligible for some cover.

However, you will still have out of pocket costs.

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your 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 a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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