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Body Lift | Skin Removal Surgery
in Novi, Michigan

Body Lift in Michigan is a comprehensive surgical procedure designed 
for individuals who seek to transform their appearance by removing excess, sagging skin and reshaping the underlying tissue. A body lift at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery enhances the overall body contour and significantly improves comfort and self-esteem, enabling individuals to fully embrace and enjoy the results 
of their weight loss journey.

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What Is a Body Lift?

A body lift is a highly effective contouring surgery that targets loose skin and excess fat in various body areas. This plastic surgery procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or traditional methods such as diet and exercise and are left with loose, sagging skin that doesn’t conform to their new body size. By targeting multiple areas, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, back, breasts, and chest in men, a body lift offers a more complete and harmonious body reshaping compared to isolated cosmetic surgeries. A body lift not only removes excess skin but also enhances the tone and shape of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, leading to a more defined and contoured appearance.

Body Lift Before & After

Types of Body Lift Surgery

Body lifts can be categorized based on the area of the body they target. Each type of lift surgery addresses specific areas and concerns:
Body lift Types

Upper Body Lift

An upper body lift or back lift, is designed to remove excess skin from the upper back and bra rolls and may include a breast lift (mastopexy) or gynecomastia skin excision in men. This procedure will improve the overall contour of the upper body. This surgery is particularly beneficial for those with poor tissue elasticity or excess skin following significant weight loss.

Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)

Belt lipectomy or complete lower body lift is an extensive procedure that targets the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, and thighs. During this surgery, a belt-like strip of skin and fat is removed from around the lower torso—similar to how a belt encircles your waist. This is a transformative procedure that lifts and reshapes the entire lower body, dramatically improving body contour and skin tightness. This can be included with a tummy tuck and considered a belt lipectomy or circumferential tummy tuck. This procedure removes a greater amount of skin than even an extended tummy tuck because it circumferentially focuses on lifting the outer thighs and buttocks.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Body Lift Procedure?

A body lift is a transformative procedure that can offer dramatic results for the right candidate. Identifying whether you are a suitable candidate is crucial to a successful outcome. A good candidate for a body lift must:
Have experienced significant weight loss, especially post-bariatric surgery, resulting in excess, sagging skin.
Be in good overall health, without chronic medical conditions that could increase surgical risks or impair healing.
Be at your goal weight and maintain a stable weight  prior to the surgery to ensure the best results.
Have realistic expectations about
the surgery outcomes, the recovery process, and the potential for scarring.
Body Lift Preparation

Preparing for Your Body Lift

The first step in preparing for a body lift procedure is an initial consultation 
with one of our expert board-certified plastic surgeons, where you’ll establish realistic goals and gain a comprehensive understanding of the procedure. In this meeting, you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals and areas of concern. At the same time, our plastic surgeon evaluates your body and skin elasticity and reviews your medical history, including any past surgeries and current medications.

Before moving forward, medical evaluations, possibly including blood tests and a physical exam, are necessary to confirm your suitability for surgery. Factors such as weight stability and smoking cessation are crucial, as they significantly impact post-surgery results and healing.

The Body Lift Procedure

Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Lakin and Dr. Ozolins, tailor each body lift 
to the individual’s needs, often including the removal of excess skin from the abdomen, hips, lower back, and thighs. Under general anesthesia, strategic incisions are made, typically around the waist or lower torso, to facilitate the removal of excess skin and fat. Our surgeon then tightens and reshapes the underlying tissues, creating a smoother, more toned appearance. In some cases, liposuction is employed 
to remove additional fat deposits.

Our surgeon’s approach to every body lift varies based on your individual goals and their expertise. Techniques can include traditional excision methods for removing excess skin or advanced contouring techniques for reshaping the body. Our surgeon meticulously sutures the incisions to minimize scarring and promote healing.

Body lift Care & Recovery

Postoperative Care and Recovery

After a body lift, immediate postoperative care is essential for optimal healing. This initial stage includes careful monitoring, managing discomfort, and caring for surgical sites. The recovery process is marked by several key milestones, such as the safe removal of surgical drains, a gradual return to everyday activities, and the healing of surgical scars. Most patients need to take only 1 week off from work. The journey to full recovery typically spans about 4 to 6 weeks, with complete healing usually taking around 3 to 6 months.
Adhering to our surgeon’s postoperative guidelines is vital for a smooth recovery. These guidelines often include wearing compression garments, refraining from intense physical activities, and attending scheduled follow-up visits. Additionally, embracing a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, sufficient hydration, and ample rest significantly facilitates a quicker and more comfortable recovery period.

Cost of Body Lift in Novi, Michigan

The cost of a body lift in Novi, Michigan, typically ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, although this range may be exceeded in some instances. This price variation 
is influenced by factors such as each patient’s specific requirements, the complexity of the procedure, and additional related expenses.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery in Novi, Michigan, to obtain the most precise and up-to-date pricing information for a body lift. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will provide 
a comprehensive cost breakdown customized to your unique situation.

Why Choose a Body Lift Procedure?

Choosing a body lift procedure can be transformative for those looking to improve their body contours and remove excess, sagging skin, typically resulting from aging or following significant weight loss. This comprehensive procedure can enhance your overall appearance, boost self-confidence, and provide comfort by eliminating excess skin that can cause physical discomfort and skin irritation. A body lift not only reshapes the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks but also helps in achieving a more toned and proportionate body profile.

Body Lift Procedure FAQs

Lipo 360 involves small incisions that are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring. With proper wound care and time, the incision scars typically fade and become less noticeable, resulting in minimal visible scarring.
The purpose of a body lift is to remove excess, sagging skin and improve the body’s overall shape, especially in cases where significant weight loss has left loose skin. This procedure is particularly effective in various body areas.
Recovery from a body lift can vary, but typically, patients can expect a recovery period of several weeks, with most resuming normal activities within 4–6 weeks. Full recovery and the final results may take several months to become fully apparent.
Scarring is a common outcome of a body lift, as the procedure involves incisions. However, these scars are usually placed in less visible areas and will mostly or completely fade over time.
A body lift surgery is not a weight loss procedure; it is designed for body contouring and reshaping after weight loss has already occurred. It removes excess skin and may remove some fat, but it’s not intended for significant weight loss.
You should be at your ideal weight and be weight stable prior to having your body lift. This is because if you continue to lose weight after your procedure, you might develop new laxity that may compromise the results from your surgery and require a second skin excision.
A body lift differs from other body contouring procedures in scope and comprehensiveness. While procedures such as liposuction or abdominoplasty target specific areas, a body lift addresses multiple areas of the body in one operation, offering a more extensive transformation and reshaping.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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