What is a Body Lift?


What is a Body Lift? | Houston Cosmetic Surgery | Plastic SurgeryNatural aging process, pregnancy, major weight loss, and heredity factors can contribute to sagging skin in certain areas of the body. Body lift cosmetic surgery procedure can be performed to provide a subtle lift to the sagging areas below the waistline.

Additional body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, arm lift, neck lift and breast lift may additionally be required by some patients to create more uniform looking results.

Lower body lift procedures will tighten and sculpt the thighs, hips, abdomen, and buttocks. Thousands of people benefit every year from body lift surgeries to achieve an attractive, more youthful looking body contour. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides body lift and other procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.



People who may be good candidates for a body lift plastic surgery will usually have one or more of the following attributes:

  • A major weight loss has occurred due to diet or bariatric surgery, leading to loose skin folds in certain areas
  • The layers of fat under the skin in the abdomen, thigh, buttock and hip areas are relatively thin
  • Overhanging skin in the lower body is hampering movement or causing infection, rashes or painful chafing
  • The candidate is bothered by the appearance of sagging skin and is willing to undergo a surgical procedure to restore firmer and lifted contours



A comprehensive body lift surgery offers the benefit of treating the abdomen, waist, buttocks, thighs and hips in a single procedure. The lower body lift will essentially extend the abdominoplasty incision completely around the lower torso, enabling the surgeon to lift or re-suspend the thighs and tighten the buttocks as well as to perform the traditional tummy tuck.

The pattern and length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed and the location of loose skin areas. The surgeon will consider the incision preference of the patient while preparing the body lift surgery plan.

One of the common scenarios is where the surgeon will create a circumferential incision extending around the torso. This will allow for the removal of excess skin and fat and repositioning and tightening of the tissue in the targeted areas through the incision.

The remaining skin the thighs and buttocks will be pulled taut and the underlying tissue will be tightened. Once the back and sides have been addressed, the surgeon will focus on the front side. One of the available options is to combine lower body lift with a tummy tuck. The other option is to combine it with an inner thigh lift, if the abdomen does not require contouring. Once the procedure is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.



Complete healing of the circumferential incision will take a few weeks, but in about 10 to 14 days after the surgery, the patient can resume their normal routine or return to work. Successfully and sagacious female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other areas around this massive American city for body lift surgery and other surgical and non-surgical procedures.

For more information on 
procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.