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Body Lift in Dallas


Those who have lost a significant amount of weight are often left with excess skin on the abdomen, back, buttocks, and flanks. While a lot of your body fat may be gone, the excess skin you are left with can make it difficult to enjoy the weight loss results you worked so hard for.

What Is a Body Lift?

A body lift, or belt lipectomy, is a post-weight loss procedure that contours the entire circumference of the waistline and lifts the thighs and buttocks in one procedure. With unwanted skin removed, Dr. Morales’ body lift patients experience increased mobility, comfort, and confidence.


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What Can a Body Lift Do?


Eliminate Excess Skin


After massive weight loss, your skin cannot completely bounce back to where it once was, and individuals are often left with a significant amount of excess skin. Body lift surgery eliminates loose skin from the lower half of your body to help you achieve the appearance you worked so hard for.

Reduce Stretch Marks


Many people are left with visible stretch marks after massive weight loss. Stretch marks can be frustrating since there's no way to remove them naturally. With body lift surgery, scars and stretch marks on the removed skin are eliminated to provide you with a smooth skin appearance.

Repair Damaged Muscles


Extreme weight gain can stretch and damage your abdominal muscles, which often results in the outward bulging of the stomach that does not go away with exercise and weight loss. A body lift procedure works to repair and tighten loose or separated muscles to create a smooth, flat abdominal appearance.

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How Is Body Lift Surgery Performed?


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Body lift surgery is performed as an inpatient procedure with an overnight stay recommended in a selected hospital in Dallas. The procedure usually takes about four to five hours to complete, during which general anesthesia is used.

An incision is made circumferentially around the body, beginning at the lower abdomen and going around the lower back just above the buttocks. Abdominoplasty techniques will be performed first, which include removing excess fat, tightening the abdominal muscles, and relocating the navel to its anatomically correct position. Excess skin is removed from the posterior side of the body, which will improve the buttocks and thighs.

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How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Dallas, TX?

Many factors contribute to the cost of a body lift in Dallas. Body lift surgery cost varies between patients and depends on surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, the techniques used for the procedure, and whether other procedures are performed in combination with your body lift. During your consultation with Dr. Morales, you will receive an estimated body lift financial plan based on your specific needs and goals.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Body Lift?

The recovery period for body lift surgery is four to six weeks, but younger patients sometimes feel well enough to return to regular activity after two weeks. Pain and swelling can be managed with medication as well as an optional “pain medication pump” that can be worn beneath clothing for the first three days. Compression garments will also ease discomfort and accelerate the healing process.

How Long After a Body Lift Do You See Results?

Body lift results are visible almost immediately. However, you may have to wait for your swelling to subside to enjoy your results fully. Additionally, with proper aftercare, results will continue to improve over time.

If you would like more information please contact Dr. Morales or call our office in Dallas, TX.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Body Lift Surgery


You may be a candidate for a body lift if you:
  • Do not smoke
  • Are in generally good health
  • Have realistic expectations of your results
Patients who see the best results are finished with their weight loss journey and have maintained their weight for several months before undergoing the procedure.
To prepare for your body lift surgery, you should stop smoking and stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications. During your consultation, Dr. Morales will provide you with a list of pre-operative instructions to follow in preparation for your surgery.
The difference between a body lift and a tummy tuck is that tummy tuck surgery strictly focuses on eliminating excess skin and tightening the muscles in the abdomen, whereas a body lift removes excess skin from the abdomen, buttocks, and upper thighs. Since a body lift focuses on more areas of the body, the body lift incision is larger.
Your body lift results are intended to be long lasting. To maintain your results, you should avoid weight fluctuations and practice healthy habits, such as eating right and exercising. Additionally, those considering a body lift should be done having children or at least not planning to have children in the next five years, as pregnancy will reverse the results of the tummy tuck portion of the procedure.
Patients undergoing a body lift may wish to undergo other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, thigh lift surgery, or arm lift surgery to achieve ideal, comprehensive results. Please speak with Dr. Morales to determine if you are a candidate for combining procedures.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Morales, a body lift is a generally safe procedure. However, risks are present with all plastic surgery procedures. These risks include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia
  • Pain
  • Unfavorable scarring