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Michael C. Fasching, M.D.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Body Lift in Minneapolis and St. Paul

A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure designed to raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours. During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus providing a more youthful appearance. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs, including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift in Minneapolis / St. Paul.

Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:

  • Reshape mid-body contour.
  • Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss, such as after lap band.
  • Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

General Procedure

The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. In more extensive surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back. Adjustments to the buttocks and thighs require an incision at the crease of the buttocks. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration. The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Is a Body Lift Right for Me?

Out of the various available cosmetic procedures, why is the body lift the right surgery for you? For many patients, a body lift can give them what feels like a whole new body and a new lease on life to go with it. But what makes you a good candidate for a body lift rather than something less extensive, like a tummy tuck?

The procedure is designed to be a comprehensive solution to sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits. If your areas of concern are relatively minor, you may consider other options. However, if your needs are more than a simpler surgery can address, you may want to consider this procedure as the right one for you. The following are some of the traits that might make you a prime candidate:

  • If you have lost a significant amount of weight as a result of diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery.
  • If pregnancy or aging has left you with loose skin and cellulite at or below the waistline.
  • If you are okay with a small scar concealed under the bikini line.
  • If you are not a smoker – smoking can slow the healing process and increase the chance of complications during and after surgery. It is recommended that smokers quit for at least six weeks before the procedure.
  • Your weight has been stable for six months to a year. After drastic weight loss, your body might fluctuate before settling and your skin will shrink to the best of its abilities.
  • You have a healthy diet and are in overall good health.

Dr. Fasching will go over these details with you during your consultation and work with you to make sure that your body lift is as successful as possible.

How Soon Will I See Results?

After surgery, some of the new changes to your body will be immediately apparent when you wake up from anesthesia. However, there is significant swelling to take into consideration. Until the healing process is completely done, your results won’t fully take shape.

While recovery times vary from patient to patient, it usually takes anywhere from three to six months to fully recover. At this time is when you’ll be able to see the true form of your new body. The swelling will be gone, your scars will be as healed as possible, and you’ll have reached your final shape.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions require plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.

The instructions given to patients post-surgery will include the information necessary to caring for themselves while recovering. They will detail how to care for your surgical scars, specific concerns to keep an eye out for, which medications to apply, and when to follow up with Dr. Fasching. It’s critical that the instructions are followed and adhered to for your health and for the best possible results.

When considering a body lift, it is important to consider the recovery. It’s a demanding surgery with a lengthy healing process. Many patients require up to three days of hospitalization or skilled at-home nurse care. Rest and relaxation are most important for the first week after surgery and it is recommended that you have somebody around to help you during this period. During the second week of recovery you should be able to gradually resume light activity and take care of yourself.

Most patients will need to take time off from work. Usually between two and three weeks, depending on their occupation. It’s important to plan for this by using vacation time or having enough saved to compensate for the downtime. Patients who live a more active lifestyle will have to wait at least 6 weeks before resuming exercise. Even then, take it slow and don’t push yourself.

Be the Best Version of Yourself

How we feel about our bodies and the way we see ourselves in the mirror can have a drastic impact, whether manifesting as physical limitations or low self-esteem. But you don’t have to let it stay that way.

For body lift surgery in Minneapolis and St. Paul, call Michael C. Fasching, M.D., to schedule a consultation.