Body Lift in Portland, OR

What is a body lift?

A body lift will remove excess skin and fat and improve your irregular, dimpled skin surface. The procedure can include the abdominal area extending to the sides and the lower back, the buttocks, which could be uneven or flat, and the groin area that may have sagged into the inner and outer thighs.

Many factors may contribute to sagging tissue including aging, sun damage, pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and genetic influences.

During your body lift procedure, A board-certified anesthesiologist will first administer anesthesia. Incisions will then be made to correct your individual cosmetic issues. A common body lift incision is similar to a bikini pattern to tighten the tissues of the abdomen, waist, thighs, and buttocks. An incision made circumferentially around the body will remove excess skin, as well as reposition and tighten tissues. Incisions will then be closed, and any bandaging will be applied. At your first follow-up appointment, the dressings will be changed to something lighter and you will be able to switch to your compression garment shortly after.

Am I a good candidate for a body lift?

Good candidates for a body lift are those who have significant areas of loose skin in one or various body zones. Patients must be in general good health with realistic expectations from the procedure. Non-smokers who are committed to fitness and healthy nutrition often have the best procedural outcomes.

Some of the main indications for a body lift are:

  • Drastic weight loss or fluctuation over time has put stress on the skin
  • Loose or overhanging fat that has become cumbersome to manage on a daily basis
  • The loose skin has caused emotional distress or lack of confidence

Patients who have medical conditions that could impair the healing process or increase the risks of surgery may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. It is important to consult with Dr. Bohley before any surgical process to ensure that a particular procedure is a good match for you.

Body Lift FAQs

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

Typically, if a complete lower body lift is being performed, it will include partial or full treatment of the thighs, depending on the needs of each individual.

Does insurance cover lower body lift?

As an elective cosmetic procedure, lower body lifts are rarely covered by insurance. Dr. Bohley does offer financing options to help make treatments affordable.

How do they remove excess skin after weight loss?

If youve lost a lot of weight and are bothered by the appearance of lots of loose skin around the lower body, you can achieve a tightened appearance with a body lift surgery.

What does a lower body lift consist of?

A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that can treat the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and waistline for total body rejuvenation.

What is a 360 body lift?

A 360 body lift is a procedure in which the patient will be rotated during surgery to access the tissues all the way around the body, from the front to the back.

How much does a body lift cost?

Body lift costs vary considerably depending on your personalized surgical plan and the techniques used during your surgery. They can range from $10,000 to $15,000.

What is a circumferential body lift?

A circumferential body lift treats the body all the way around, from back to front.

What is the recovery time for a body lift?

Body lifts can take two to three weeks for people to feel back to their normal selves and resume work and other normal activities.

What is included in a body lift?

Body lifts are highly variable, although they generally include treating the abdomen, hips, and thighs.

What is a full body lift surgery?

Full body lift surgery includes treating the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

What is the recovery period?

Immediately after the body lift procedure, you will be taken to a post-anesthesia care area and eventually discharged to go home for further recovery. Healthy patients tolerate the procedure well as an outpatient.

During recovery, drains will be inserted to collect any excess fluid, and bandages will be applied to give support and reduce swelling for the first few days. A compression garment will have to be worn for a few weeks and any sutures will be removed within two weeks. Your recovery time period will depend on the healing of the incisions, which could take a month or longer. You may require at least two to three weeks off from work and normal activities will have to be restricted for four to six weeks. However, light walking or movement is encouraged within the first few weeks to encourage circulation. You can resume exercising within six to eight weeks, but you must follow Dr. Bohley’s post-operative instructions for optimal healing.


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What will be my results from the body lift?

Body lift results can be seen almost immediately after surgery. Dr. Bohley meets personally with every one of his body lift and/or thigh lift patients in Portland to discuss their concerns and create a personalized treatment plan. During this time, he may also suggest a combination of procedures to help all patients achieve the looks they desire. For the most part, your results from a body lift will be permanent. The body contouring from the removal of excess fat and skin is permanent. However, weight fluctuations or aging can alter the results. Following Dr. Bohley’s recovery advice will help to ensure an optimal procedure outcome.