Body lift surgery is designed for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise or even through bariatric surgery. Following weight loss of 60 pounds or more it is not unusual for patients to notice loose and sagging skin in various areas where they lost weight. These areas can include the upper arms, trunk, abdomen, upper thighs, inner thighs, and/or buttocks. Patients who have lost extreme amounts of weight can be left with loose, sagging skin because over time the skin can lose its natural elasticity from the excessive body volume over an extended period of time. Depending on the patient’s desires, body lift surgery can be extensive focusing on many areas of the body. Therefore, this surgery’s duration can be anywhere from two to eight hours. When pounds of loose skin are removed from the body, this does lead to some scarring. For example, if the patient has loose skin removed from the inner thighs, the patient can expect scarring between the legs. Body lift surgery can involve a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), inner thigh lift, outer thigh and buttock lift, breast lift (mastopexy), and upper arm lift (brachioplasty). Recovery time for a body lift varies by the area(s) on which your plastic surgeon must operate. Depending on the patient, he/she may have drains post-operatively which will be removed at a follow-up visit, and returning to work and normal activities could take anywhere from two to eight weeks depending on the extent of surgery. The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center welcomes you to seek a consultation. Losing a large amount of weight is exciting and rewarding, and we are excited to assist our patients achieve the look they’re looking for.