Body Lift Jacksonville

A body lift is a plastic surgery procedure used to raise and reshape unsightly skin and sagging body contours. As you age, your skin loses elasticity, causing the mid-section of your body to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure, also known as a belt lipectomy, allows a plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy to remove loose skin and excessive fat deposits. The doctor’s body sculpturing gives your body a firmer touch and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Hardy in Jacksonville, Florida can perform a body lift to the lower torso including the abdomen, waist, upper legs, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. If your body sag is excessive, Dr. Hardy may recommend liposuction be completed in conjunction with your body lift procedure.

Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:

  • Loss of Body Shape – Reshape mid-body contour, abdomen, waist and upper thighs.
  • Sagging Body Skin – Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
  • Stretched Skin – Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

General Body Lift Procedure

A body lift is a plastic surgery that varies with each patient depending upon the patient’s body sag and the targeted results. Typically, Dr. Hardy makes an incision during body lift surgery that follows the inner thigh to the patient’s waist. In more extensive body lift surgeries, the incision may also encircle the waist and include skin tightening of the lower back. During body lift surgery, excessive skin and underlying fatty deposits are removed by the plastic surgeon. Lifting the buttocks requires a separate incision at the crease of each buttock. During body lift surgery, excessive skin and underlying fatty deposits are removed by the plastic surgeon. The body skin is then pulled taught and sutured to form a firmer, tighter butt. Florida body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually lasts from three to seven hours.

Recovery from a Body Lift

Dr. Hardy will provide you with post-operative instructions that require plenty of rest and limited body movement to speed up your healing process and reduce your recovery time. Post operative bandages are applied immediately following body lift surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are sometimes placed in sutured areas to drain excess fluids. Although the scars from your body lift incisions are permanent, these are carefully placed to minimize visibility. Recovery time from a body lift varies with the extent of the surgical procedures that Dr. Hardy performed. Some patients complain of minor post-surgical body lift pain but most pain can be controlled with oral medications.